Book Review: Tea With Milk

July 29 2017:

Tea with Milk

Beautiful watercolors illustrate this heartfelt book about the author’s mother and her journey as a young woman.

We learn about her struggles to live out her own life in the midst of Japanese formalities. We loved it! We really enjoy all of Allen Say’s books!

Tea With Milk Book 2017

Book Review: It Takes a Village

July 22 2017:

This phrase has come up for me twice in the last few days. Thought it a great time to share this book we read several months ago …

It Takes a Village

A heart-warming story based on the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The story takes place at a traditional open-air market as we learn the power of a close-knit community.

Wonderful section in the back of the book with additional information about African markets. Great book!

It Takes a Village Book 2017

Book Review: The Surrender Experiment

July 8 2017:

The Surrender Experiment – my journey into life’s perfection

I first read, The Untethered Soul, by this same author. I’ve since read this book twice, as well as Untethered Soul.

These were both powerful books for me. Yet, I’ll focus on this one for these comments.

True story of what happened to one man who let go of his personal preferences and simply surrendered to life, saying yes to what life presented to him. Incredibly radical way to live one’s life. A powerful story of removing oneself from the constant chatter of one’s personal preferences and accepting the present moments with a “yes”.

One would think this would lead to a miserable, unhappy life. Yet, that’s not the case for Michael Singer. The first time I read this book, I read it in one day during an entire sitting; only getting up to use the bathroom and fix food for Team TLC.

Powerful, radical, life shifting …. xoxo

The Surrender Experiment Book 2017

Book Musings: The Lemonade Club

May 13 2017:

The Lemonade Club

This one’s for you, Susan Moran. You are an all star rated Michelin at all things lemon. Fly Free. Love you tons and tons.

An inspiring book about friendship, supporting one another, and our amazing and wonderful lives. This one is right up there with my favorite Patricia Polacco books! We all enjoyed this one, indeed!!

The Lemonade Club Book 2016

Book Musings: The Garden of Happiness

July 1 2017:

The Garden of Happiness

Another feel good book!! Yes. We love these kind! Neighbors transform an emtpy lot into a neighborhood garden. Space is limited and there’s no room left for young Marisol to plant something.

She finds a teeny tiny spot and plants one seed. It becomes the shining star of the garden! And there’s a surprise ending in this one too that may make your eyes sweat!!

The Garden of Happiness Book 2017

Book Musings: Sky Sweeper

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Sky Sweeper

We’ve read this book a couple of times and simply love the story. Young Takeboki needs a job and wants to do something that brings him pleasure. He becomes the Flower Keeper in the temple garden.

All throughout his life, friends, family and local people urge him to move on and do something more lucrative. Yet, being a Flower Keeper continues to give him pleasure until the end of his days. Beautiful story about the joy and peace of living life as you like and doing what brings you pleasure! xoxo

Book Musings: Peace is Every Breath

June 17 2017:

Wonderful Thich Nhat Hanh book with everyday mindfulness and meditation practices.

From washing your face, eating breakfast, and brushing your teeth, simple and easy reminders to bring one back to the present moment. I’ve also read this one out loud to Thomas and Lillian.

I greatly enjoy all of Thich Nhat Hanh’s book. Always easy to read. No deep, philosophical points to get lost in. Simple and easy.

… excerpts from the book:

“Waking up this morning, I smile.
Twenty-four brand-new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully each moment
and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”

Following the Breath

Breathing in, I calm my body.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment,
I know this is a wonderful moment.

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Book Musings: Anything but Ordinary Addie

June 10 2017:

Anything but Ordinary Addie – The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann – Queen of Magic

Wonderfully illustrated and written! We learned about Addie the Great, a person we’d never heard of before!! She was once one of the world’s most famous magicians. Now looking forward to reading her memoir which was discovered after the author of this book searched for it for 10 years!! GREAT book!!

Anything but Addie Book 2017

Book Musings: Nelson Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom

June 3 2017:

Nelson Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom

Beautiful picture book of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography.

“Never, never, never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another … ” ~Nelson Mandela

I offered to split this into two nights. Thomas and Lillian emphatically replied, “No!”

Yes, it was loved!

Nelson Mandele Long Walk to Freedom Book 2017

Book Musings: The Awakened Family – A Revolution in Parenting

May 27 2017:

I highly recommend this book to anyone considering becoming a parent, who is already a parent, and anyone who works with children. Another that came into my life in divine and perfect timing. xoxoxo

Our Children, Our Awakeners

“In my illusion, I thought I was going to raise you
To be whole, complete, and worthy,
To be educated, kind, and wise,
To be a leader, empowered and free.

I was deluded to think I knew it all,
fooled by my age and might.
I thought I had it all together,
Ready to teach, inspire, and change you.

Only now, after so many moments
With you
Do I realize how foolish these ideas were,
How baseless and grandiose.

I now understand ….
That it is you who is here to teach me,
To guide, lead, shift, and elevate,
To transform, awaken, and inspire
Me.

I now realize how I had it wrong,
Upside down and outside in,
It is you who are this perfectly designed clarion
To wake me up to my true self.”

A New Commitment to Shedding Expectations

“I shed my expectations and agendas,
Knowing they stem from my small mind-space.
Instead, I will enter my expansive heart-space
And release you from meeting my needs,
Expecting only that I do this for myself.

When I see you, I will no longer reflect
My fears, insecurities, longings, and drama.
Instead, I will clear the mental cobwebs
That cloud the shine of your brilliance
So that I can be a mirror of the diamond you are.

As my agendas melt away, so does the hollowness I feel,
Leaving only wholeness in its place.”

Awakened Family Book 2017