Bits and Pieces: My Mother, My Brother, and Me

If you know anything about me, you know that I watch The View every morning. I have a routine, and I enjoy it. Even more, now that I don’t have a 9-5, but that’s another story for another day.

I have always enjoyed watching the view, mostly because of Whoopi Goldberg. Seeing a woman own her originality and not be apologetic about it, not rude or obnoxious, but articulate and gentle, has always been inspirational.

Growing up, I was taught to be loud and proud, be out there, and get things done. Stomp doors down. At least that’s how my mom taught me, but I was raised quietly by my grandmother, and she was that gentle giant. Everyone knew Marge; she could look at you and make you do things. That says a lot. She would sit in a room silently, and people could argue for hours, but if she stood up, the room would go silent.

Whoopi has that thing about her, and it is captivating. While I watch her on the view every day, there is also so much more I didn’t know about her. I grew up with her as Guinan from Star Trek Next Generation. She exuded that quiet, articulate person who everyone went to for guidance.

I’ve always wanted to be that person, but along the way, the loud and proud, speak up so everyone hears you because no one is going to listen to the quiet person bore through. I learned that I had to stand tall, be loud, fight fight fight to be heard while in the military and all that jazz. Now that I’m getting older and I’d like to think a little bit wiser, I realize It’s time to become myself.

I see on The View that she has a new book written, and of course, I’m ready to buy it right away. But wait—she narrated it herself, so I’m ready to hear these words in her own voice.

Listening to this book brought me a whole new love for Whoopi and made me even more determined to become the woman I’ve always known I was inside: quiet, calm, peaceful, and at peace with who I am.

Bits and Pieces: My Mother, My Brother, and Me by Whoopi Goldberg. Read my review below or on GoodReads

Whopiiiiiiiiiii!!! This book had me rolling, crying, and in my feels. It also had me binge-watching Star Trek again, so I got some sage advice from Ginan (SP).

The things I didn’t know about Whoopi, yet love her even more now, lie in this book.

When she said that she, her mother, and her brother were a unit, I felt that at my core. Then she mentioned that her mother was a singular person—yes, yes! Hearing her story of becoming, going through it, bobbing, and weaving around it was uplifting and inspiring.

Whoopi is Whoopi, and listening to this book with her narrating was like sitting down with my best friend over a glass of wine on the best night of my life.

Do yourself a favor and listen to the audio!

Until Next Time, my Friends

CJ

A book Review by CJ Ives Lopez - Whoopi GoldBert - Bites and Pieces

If you know anything about me, you know that I watch The View every morning. I have a routine, and I enjoy it. Even more, now that I don’t have a 9-5, but that’s another story for another day. I have always enjoyed watching the view, mostly because of Whoopi Goldberg. Seeing a woman own […]

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