Saturday, March 31, 2007

Simple Pleasures

Yesterday, I finished reading a little book from the JC book sale called Simple Pleasures. The subtitle is "soothing suggestions and small comforts for living well year round." It was a quick, pleasant little read with lots of different suggestions--from recipes to projects to quotes to meditations. The book is organized into four sections--one for each season--and each section contains suggestions, quotes, thoughts, things to do, etc. in four categories: Home; Garden & the Great Outdoors; Body & Soul; and Friends & Family. I did find it a little confusing that many of the suggestions were from different contributors, but none were acknowledged in the text (they were in the introduction), so some segments confusingly switched genders, names, etc. from the sections before. I think it would have been more sensible to have each contributor's name and location off to the side or something like that, because it was odd to read it the way it was laid out.

A good quote (quoted in the introduction):

"When we lack proper time for the simple pleasures of life, for the enjoyment of eating, drinking, playing, creating, visiting friends, and watching children at play, then we have missed the purpose of life. Not on bread alone do we live, but on all these human and heart-hungry luxuries." (Ed Hayes)

I need to stick this to my forehead!

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