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Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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Jan 03, 2012

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This slim tome, which I found in The Sea Ranch Lodge gift shop, is a perfect New Year's read. It is a also a charming little time capsule. Interesting to see how her prose and thoughts from the 1950s stand up today, and upon her review of her own work in the 1970s, contained as an epilogue. For those contemplating New Years resolutions, this is thoughtful advice. Morrow Lindbergh bids us to "be," not "do." (Most of us seem to do plenty on our own, and the author contends we would be much better doers if we paid a bit more attention to ourselves, in solitude, once in a while). And this from a woman who did much in her life. It's a call to self-care written before work-life balance was in vogue, addressed particularly to women. It also reminds us of the powerful meditative affect of the ocean, which first lulls and calms us, and, having given us rest, opens us to new ways of thinking about ourselves and our world.

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