I have heard many people talk about this book, and I thought that I would give it a try. I wouldn't say I was overwhelmed by it, nor was I underwhelmeI have heard many people talk about this book, and I thought that I would give it a try. I wouldn't say I was overwhelmed by it, nor was I underwhelmed. It had some good, salient points, and a few quotes that I enjoyed. I think that it might be geared towards a younger population who would be malleable to the concepts of following your heart...listening to your heart and discovering your Personal Legend....more
I first read this in high school, in FRENCH. We had translated it, and then... long, long ago, I had read it in English. I have recently re-read thisI first read this in high school, in FRENCH. We had translated it, and then... long, long ago, I had read it in English. I have recently re-read this book. As some have mentioned, it is a wonderful book for young adults to read, those who are open to philosophical statements, those who are not mired in the muck of adulthood. There are good points in this book, such as seeing with your heart, and that the body is merely a shell that holds all that is wonderful about a person. It's about seeing the world with a child's fascination and holding on to that thought throughout life, in order to truly appreciate all that is around you. It is a quick read and needs to be re-read several times to catch all of the points that are made in this beautiful story....more
This little book that is supposed to help you find your Inner French Girl is more of a very quick recount of what makes the French Girl who she is...tThis little book that is supposed to help you find your Inner French Girl is more of a very quick recount of what makes the French Girl who she is...the way she takes care of her skin, her innate sensuality, her passion for rich foods while maintaining a perfect figure, being secure with whatever her figure is, and how her house has that certain je ne sais quoi, while never letting her secrets out. I was left wanting... wanting to be able to incorporate some aspects of a French Girl’s world, and wanting to know MORE on HOW to achieve the various things that French women do.
While it was enlightening to learn what makes up a French woman’s attitude and defined how she lives, the book did little to help me find my inner French Girl. I was pleased to discover that I do some things as a French woman does (takes time with experiences), and also know that I cannot, nor want to, achieve a different level with l’amour (i.e. being accepting if my husband decided to take a mistress!). Most of what makes a French woman who she is comes mostly from the culture that has been steeped in hedonism (my word, not the author’s) for centuries. Mothers teach their daughters about beauty and skin care from infancy, as well as having skin care such a deep engrained part of the society, as so many things that make up the core of a French woman.
The book is broken down into different chapters in which the author describes what she has seen from her French friends, and gives examples of different people she met while living in France for several years with her French husband. Clothing, Dining, Celebrating are talked about along side of Love, the Heart and the Body. The current government in France also helps promote the way French women live as they do... long breaks for languorous lunches and being able to have four to five weeks of vacation a year.
A French girl never eats standing up, has a huge meal at the very end of the day, has eaten four course meals since she was four, and always has a few perfect wardrobe pieces that will go with anything else her bureau, as most do not have walk-in closets. Because of the economy of space in France, Quality is always stressed over Quantity, in clothing as well as food. Fresh is the key for food, and taking one’s time is always key in everything thing she does.
“There is clearly something to say about coming from a mythic country, whose major city is a mecca of good taste, high culture, and haute couture. Like her country the French girl is not striving to become; she just is. We, on the other hand, like our own country, are still in the process of becoming. Where French girl seeks culture or knowledge, we seek self-improvement, self-help. This is our burden and our blessing. It makes us open to novelty and the unknown, but also unsure of who we are.
“In many ways, the archetypal French girl is a counterpoint to our world. She’s a sensualist and a libertarian. She’s a giver, but she doesn’t give herself away. She’s not a worrier. Her consciousness is very likely rooted in the historical underpinnings of the world around her, even as she embraces the future, thoroughly modern. (pg 236)
One interesting part of the book is that there are several little boxes with notes on books, people or movies that drive home the point of the various aspects of the French Girl. Quotes are also found quite frequently sprinkled throughout the book, and sometimes these little tidbits make the point clearer.
I would have liked to have more tips on how to truly find my French Girl, but the book gives examples, and we are supposed to be savvy enough in order to figure out HOW to incorporate these tips into our lives to make us more French. It was a quick interesting read that pointed out the differences between our two cultures, and that is more what this book seemed to do, point out our differences and leave the reader wanting more.
“Borrow a Page from the French Girl’s Book: Leisure. Take off your watch. Turn off the computer. Ditch the cell phone. Read, ride your bike, stroll, paint, bake bread, be with your kids, grow your garden, luxuriate in the art of doing absolutely nothing. Observe your own day of rest with religious conviction. Lounge, loll, unbuckle your belt, go on furlough.” (pg 231)
What a neat, little book on journaling. And not just journaling...but documenting life around you. First, write about whatever, but more importantly,What a neat, little book on journaling. And not just journaling...but documenting life around you. First, write about whatever, but more importantly, ADD to the journal, with drawing, photos, snippets and pieces found around you. There is a small portion on taking good photos, how to sketch with the right side of your brain, and saving those little mementos from life and add them to your journal with a note. There is even a small piece on making your own journal to fill and how rewarding it is to go through them later to see and read about where you've been and what you've seen and experienced....more
I have to admit that I picked this book up for its cover. Long ago, we owned and repaired a VW camper van, but sold it because we were pregnant with TI have to admit that I picked this book up for its cover. Long ago, we owned and repaired a VW camper van, but sold it because we were pregnant with TWINS and there were no safety belts in the vehicle... sometimes we kick ourselves for that move, but it was the right thing to do. Now, with those same twins going off to college soon, maybe it's time to find another one.
This book is more about the lifestyle than cooking. With 280 pages, there are only 80 recipes, and most of those fairly simple. However, this is more than a cookbook, it's about living "Life on 4 Wheels." It's about getting OUT there and enjoying your weekends in your VW camper van... or just GETTING OUT THERE! This book is geared a bit towards the UK in that all of the spots and festivals mentioned in the book are found in the UK. I would love to see one for the West Coast, as the sentiment in this book would be perfect for the Coasts found along California, Oregon and Washington.
The pictures are great and there are numerous tips on how to enjoy life on the weekends. Making sure that your camper van is always stocked and ready to go, having a 'Go' bag so that when you get off of work, you just have to grab your family and your clothes and GO! How to forage, what songs to sing around the camp fire, how to be environmentally friendly are just a few of the many items discussed in this book. As I mentioned earlier, this book makes me want to get a Camper Van and enjoy the weekends!
As mentioned, there are fewer recipes and more tips. The recipes, for the most part, are fairly simple, but some create luxurious dishes on "2 rings" or a campfire. The photos for both the recipes and the general photos are very well done. Though many recipes are not to my tastes (not a big seafood fan), they look well-planned and give this cook some good ideas to try, either in a camper van or at home.
If you are looking for a book to make you wistful for communing with Nature, than this is the one for you. It's fun, light-hearted, and helps you get out there. There are even tips of learning how to surf and what to do if you step on a venomous fish barefoot!...more
I very much enjoyed this classic and am sorry I hadn't read it sooner. I have seen movies and plays based on this story, but after finishing this noveI very much enjoyed this classic and am sorry I hadn't read it sooner. I have seen movies and plays based on this story, but after finishing this novella, they did not do the book justice! It is an intriguing Victorian tale of the duality of man, and how the doctor was able to unleash his darker side with, what he thought at first, little effect to his normal, staid self. However, it seemed as if the darker aspect of him had taken control at random and had destroyed his life.
I quite enjoyed the first part of the story with Mr. Utterson, walking around with Mr. Enfield and their banter as they were talking about a particular door, and the strange goings-on behind that door. Then the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde came out.
"Men have before hired bravos to transact their crimes, while their own person and reputation sat under shelter. I was the first that ever did so for his pleasures. I was the first that could plod in the public eye with a load of genial respectability, and in a moment, like a schoolboy, strip off these lendings and spring headlong into the sea of liberty. But for me, in my impenetrable mantle, the safety was complete. Think of it - I did not even exist!"
I would highly recommend this quick and insightful read to everyone. It is a classic for a reason and an interesting look at the duality of man. ...more
This delightful book is a wonderful reminder on a daily basis. Gabby Bernstein provides the reader with very quick, but deep, tools to manage life inThis delightful book is a wonderful reminder on a daily basis. Gabby Bernstein provides the reader with very quick, but deep, tools to manage life in the stressful world of the 21st century. These tips can be simple reminders to let go of worry to step-by-step instructions on how to do the 'breath of fire.' "Miracles Now - 108 Life Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your Purpose" is a fabulous book to keep handy and read what "ails" you that day. Having anger issues? There are steps to help you release that anger so that you can move forward. Stressed out? Gabby has multiple forms of kundalini meditation, and she walks you through these different meditations step by step - perfect for anyone who doesn't really know how to meditate but wants to learn.
Throughout the different exercises, Gabby also mentions "The Course of Miracles," a self-study course to help with spiritual transformation from the 1970s. What is wonderful is that Gabrielle Bernstein is bringing the important messages from this text into the 21st century with a modern-day spin. This transformational aspect also helps guide the reader to a higher spiritual plane through getting rid of fear and living and doing in LOVE. Gabby has also tapped in to modern-day media and recommends sharing tweetable comments from each section to share the love and message.
This is definitely a book I would share with friends and family. Everyone has a stressful life in one form or another, and this little gem from Gabby helps to soothe the soul with powerful tools and techniques to move forward.
This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review....more