Sea Nature

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“There is pleasure in the pathless woods. There is rapture in the lonely shore. There is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not man, but nature more.” | Lord Byron

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Sea Amigos

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“The most mesmerizing of artists is always like one who was merely drawing in the sand and people came to watch.” | Criss Jami

Thank you for putting up with my book review catchup in posts today. Ventura Beach, California. May all beings be peaceful and free. 🙂

 

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Tiny Beautiful Things ~ Cheryl Strayed

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Write her a letter seeking advice. If you’re fortunate, she’ll write you back. Your confidant is Cheryl Strayed, writer of the memoir and self-revealing hiking trek known as Wild, set to hit theaters with Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern this week. Only here in our December book choice she is just Sugar, an anonymous soul on the other end of your internet, giving advice for free, no doubt finding solace and therapy as her payment for helping others see the light. This book is a collection of those real-life desperate letters and truthful answers over the years. Some Sugar responses are long, luxurious, raw, bearing visions from her life, sharing feelings from her soul; others are short and sweetly succinct, both just have to humanly move you in at least some small, I’ve-been-there-sort-of way. They sure hit me, safely swooped me right up. I never saw it coming.

The beauty of all these pages is witnessing Cheryl Strayed’s vulnerability, her nonjudgmental gift to you, Sugar’s words, words you may not often say, but think, experiences you can’t fathom living, hopelessly can’t help imagining. She is the amazing, gifted writing talent who found Mindful Reader respect long ago. Now I think I just dig her even more. So read Tiny Beautiful Things and release judgment; let Cheryl’s life learned be her credentials earned; I hope you find inspiration as well.

In the end and looking back, to love this book, maybe you just have to be a little broken, where some of your delicate pieces of the heart have fallen, scattered, messy, been blown by the harsh wind of reality. Maybe you’re yearning for an honest friend overflowing with life stories, one who lives and loves with abandon, ready to walk right through your door and hold you, tell you you’ve done good, that everything will be alright, and that she’s been with you all along in your walk to reach that high mountaintop. Maybe this book is for those readers who just need a tiny bit of long-lost, beautiful saving grace. 5/5 stars ~ k

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All The Light We Cannot See ~ Anthony Doerr

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Ahh, where to begin my review of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. How do I describe this over 500 page world of wonder the author took a decade to write for us? How do I express dutifully a novel of love, compassion, with landscape and realities of World War II, Saint-Malo, France. How to give deserved justice to the poetic, emotional writing of Author Doerr. How to express the beauty of the blind and the courage of men. This novel was loved by The Mindful Readers. The intelligent phrases herein exhausted our enduranced reading minds. The bright, curious, graceful blind girl named Marie-Laure from Paris stole our hearts. German orphan boy Werner with a golden soul, tracker talent, and Resistance obligations broke our hearts, but in the most profoundly beautiful way. If you enjoy historical fiction, have patience for a little supernatural flair that fuels the heart of this fire, and are looking for a book to slowly get lost within its detailed pages — gratefulness, hope, sadness and all — this one may be for you and your strong heart looking for all the light we must always see. 4/5 stars ~ k

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