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A Book Recommendation

October 10th, 2017

“After several moments of quiet, Pino said, ‘You know, my young friend, I will be ninety years old next year, and life is still a constant surprise to me. We never know what will happen next, what we will see, and what important person will come into our life, or what important person we will lose. Life is change, constant change, and unless we are lucky enough to find comedy in it, change is nearly always a drama, if not a tragedy. But after everything, and even when the skies turn scarlet and threatening, I still believe that if we are lucky enough to be ablive, we must give thanks for the miracle of every moment of every day, no matter how flawed. And we must have faith in God, and in the universe, and in the better tomorrow, even if that faith is not always deserved.'”

-Pino Lella in Under the Scarlet Sky

I bought ‘Under the Scarlet Sky’ in April and just got around to reading it. It was riveting. We don’t hear a lot about Italy during WWII, a few bits and pieces about Communism and Mussolini. As with all wars, there are many facets and sometimes we forget that every single person involved has a story, it doesn’t matter which side they are on. This is a riveting book about about one man’s experience during in Italy during the war. When you read the book you’ll realize how much more impact his quote above has.

Have you read any good books lately that you want to recommend?

A Few Good Books

March 1st, 2017

This winter I’ve been reading a ton of books, partly it’s because I’ve been flying back and forth to Ohio quite a bit. I’m also making a concerted effort to read a lot of the books on my must read list.

Most recently, I read ‘The Sounds of Gravel‘, a memoir by a woman who escaped a polygamist group in Mexico when she was a teenager. It was heartbreaking, and so captivating I read it in two sittings. I’ll definitely be loaning it out to friends, in fact I already have a few people on the borrowing list. I’ve moved on to ‘Come, Tell Me How You Live: An Archeological Memoir‘ by Agatha Christie, which I decided to read after finishing ‘The Woman on the Orient Express‘, a historical fiction based on Agatha Christie’s life after her divorce from her first husband.

Have you read any good books recently?

Friday Favorite: Quiet Evenings

January 22nd, 2016

I love a quiet evening at home, sitting in the living room, reading by the light of a lamp.
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Perhaps a cup of tea, or a gin & tonic, maybe a cup of hot chocolate…
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There’s really no better way to spend a winter evening for an introvert bookworm like myself.

What’s your idea of a favorite evening?

New Book

December 30th, 2015

This year Mr Chiots got me a On Garden Style for Christmas. I’ve had this book on my wish list for a long time, but it’s rather pricey so I’ve never purchased it. Now that I have it, I LOVE it. If you’re looking for ways to give your garden that extra bit of something you feel it’s been lacking this book is for you.
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It’s not a gardening book about plants, what to grow and where to put it. It’s a book about designing your garden space, thinking of it like indoor space. So far I’m really enjoying this book and it’s just the book I need as I start to lay out plans for this new garden space. I’m only through the first 20 pages or so, but I can tell this book is going to be an invaluable resource for me!

Did you get any great books for Christmas?

Friday Favorite: The Wood Stove

December 11th, 2015

“Snow was falling and winter had come; the season of fire. Candles and hearth fire, that lovely, leaping paradox, that destruction contained but never tamed, held at a safe distance to warm and enchant, but always still, with that small sense of danger.”

Diana Gabaldon in A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander)

As I read this passage I was sitting in front of the wood burner surrounded by cats. It was very early in the morning, the house was cold when I first woke up. After starting a fire and doing a few other things, I sat myself down with my back to the stove and started reading.
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We just got a new wood stove. The old one wasn’t quite big enough to heat the entire house when it’s in the single digits outside. We have a wood fired furnace we use when it’s super cold, but we prefer using the wood stove instead. The stove was also old and starting to fall apart. More about this particular stove later, until then, I’ll be warming my toes in front of it.

Have you ever lived with wood heat?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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