Book Musings: Your Life is a Book

June 9 2018:

Your Life is a Book – How to Craft & Publish Your Memoir

In the past I have stayed away from books like this, choosing instead to read deeply spiritual, mystical, and inner exploration type books. Recently, while pulling holds at the library, I was drawn to this book and others like it. Although I checked it out, the book sat for weeks while I read other books.

I’m grateful that there are times when I listen to the inner knowing and do things without question …and really, don’t even know that’s what I’m doing. HA! This book was exactly what I needed, when I needed it. And, surprisingly was also deeply spiritual. Imagine that!!

Your Life is a Book Book May 2018

Book Musings: Life by the Cup

May 26 2018:

Life by the Cup

Having started reading biographies and memoirs, I’m grateful this was one of the first. I’ve read others along the way, yet I’ve a different reason for reading them now.

I deeply enjoyed this journey with Zhena as she transformed her life and allowed it to blossom from her gypsy roots and heritage into a passion for organic, fair trade tea. Deepened with her own spiritual insights rolled into her life like the tea leaves she dearly loves.

I have a new and stronger appreciation for tea and those who grow it and cultivate the leaves. I’m grateful to Zhena for the beautiful way in which she wrote about the tea leaves and the mixture of flowers, fruits, and essential oils. xoxo

Life by the Cup Book May 2018

Book Musings: Writing Down the Bones

May 12 2018:

Writing Down the Bones – Freeing the Writer Within

“The deepest secret in our heart of hearts is that we are writing because we love the world, and why not finally carry that secret out with our bodies into the living rooms and porches, backyards and grocery stores? Let the whole thing flower: the poem and the person writing the poem. And let us always be kind in this world.”

Another book I deeply loved. Enjoyed the energy of the book and would love to own this one! My reading preferences have shifted for the time being to that of books about writing, memoirs, and creative non-fiction interwoven with spirituality.

The first book that began this path was “The Right to Write” by Julia Cameron. The reading list for this topic is years long. That’s okay though as I plan on writing and reading for the rest of my days here …. xoxo

Writing Down the Bones Book April 2018

Book Musings: Silence

April 29 2018:

Silence – The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise

I get incredibly much from all of Thich Nhat Hanh’s books. Of all I’ve read, they carry the similar thread of mindfulness and experiencing silence.

I really enjoy the stories he shares throughout this book and all of his books. Reading this now is what reminded me of the concept of mindful walking and breathing that he puts forth … taking one step for each in breath and one step for each out breath.

After being reminded of it in this book, I incorporated it into my walks. Here’s the post I made about that ….

Loved this book!!

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Book Musings: The House that Jane Built

April 21 2018:

The House That Jane Built – A Story About Jane Addams

Thomas and I were incredibly moved reading about an 1889 settlement home that Jane Addams founded in a run-down Chicago neighborhood, Hull House.

It was a place were people could find food, work, and community and included a playground, kindergarten, and a public bath. By 1907, Hull House included thirteen buildings and by the early 1920s, more than nine thousand people visited each week.

Jane Addams died in 1935 at 74. The programs at Hull House ran through 2012.

There’s much more to know about Addams; yet this book was specifically about Hull House. She spoke out against war and was a peace activist. She co-founded the Woman’s Peace Party.

The FBI kept a file on her, and she was called “the most dangerous woman in America.” In 1931, she became the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She was a founding member of the NAACP and ACLU.

The House that Jane Built Book April 2018

Book Musings: The Universe is Calling

April 7 2018:

The Universe is Calling

A wonderful book about prayer. I really enjoyed learning the author’s view.

” …. the ocean is in the wave. The wave is nothing more nor less than the ocean expressing as a wave.”

And one of my favorite quotes from Thoreau is in the book too …

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be extended, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.” -Henry David Thoreau …

The Universe is Calling Book April 2018