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Cupola Press on Birth and Death
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Donna McCrohan Rosenthal
The News Review

Gail Perry Johnston and Jill Perry Rabideau launched Cupola Press to help people through challenging times. They take the approach of not telling anyone what to do but rather, they’ve gathered quotations and shared stories of philosophers, religious leaders, literary giants, humorists and ordinary men and women in two small yet powerful books...

Excerpts in Rumors include “Death is always and under all circumstances a tragedy, for if it is not, then it means that life itself has become one.” –Theodore Roosevelt; “This was my father’s death! It was no less significant because he was most of a hundred. It was his death. The only one he would ever have.” – Joseph W. Mathews; and the epitaph “Here lie I, Martin Elginbrodde: Have mercy on my soul, Lord God, As I would do, were I Lord God and You were Martin Elginbrodde;”

In The Wish and the Wonder, Rabideau lists “six good reasons to wish for a baby” and describes the plight of an exercise instructor whose center of balance shifted during pregnancy. One day in the supermarket, she reached for a head of lettuce and fell into the bin. A shopper had to pull her out.

Among other insights: “There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk in babies.” – Winston Churchill; “Babies are such a nice way to start people.” – Don Herold; and Guatemalan folklore, “You will become pregnant within six months if you lose a pair of earrings.”

Two sentiments from Wish would apply equally well in Rumors: “Courage – fear that has said its prayers.” – Dorothy Bernard; and “Sometimes letting go actually means having control.” – Jim Medlock.

Both books have the overall effect of a support group between covers – offering candor, compassion and some of the finest shoulders in history to lean on.