I love my cousin and aunt. Yesterday, besides the individual things I love and the things they share (humor, smarts, a love of fantastic food, deep caring for others) they are both so thoughtful. I can’t imagine my life without them. They each bought me the most thoughtful gifts. Here, I’ll share some excerpts from the books they bought.
From my aunt, Beach Wisdom: Life Lessons From The Ocean(Andrews McMeel Publishing) a wonderful mix of photos and captions. It’s a nice gift book for beach lovers as the captions without the photos aren’t the same but here’s an excerpt from the introduction written by Elizabeth Cogswell Baskin:
“That’s what the beach does. It gives us a chance to hear the truths our own hearts whisper and to slow our careening inner pace to something that more closely matches the ancient rhythms of the tides. When that happens, the answers we’re looking for begin to float up to the surface. Grace begins to seep in, like the high tide slowly moving up the shore.
Faith also washes up. We watch the tide come in and the tide go out, just as it has for all the many generations before us. Perhaps the gift of the tides is to help us hold more faith in the ebb and flow of our own shifting fortunes or the rise and fall of our careers or even the waxing and waning of our loves.
The beach also reminds us of the playfulness of childhood and can even make us childlike again.”
My cousin gave me Sea Glass Secretsby Valerie Raudonis. She writes poems and is a sea and sea-glass lover. And finally, from my dear aunt, Sea Glass Chronicles whispers from the past(text by C.S. Lambert and photos by Pat Hanbery) is for the sea glass freak who wants photos, history and information about sea glass, beach glass, washed up ceramics and where and why the colors are as they are. I’ll share some “gems” of information.
“Like a time capsule, sea glass can reveal much about the people, places, and events that were linked to the original object, whether it was a teacup, apothecary bottle, or child’s toy. Some shards speak more clearly than others, which steadfastly refuse to surrender their histories. And some pieces raise more questions than they answer. While it is impossible to trace the exact origin of many fragments, each reveals clues through its color, design, and composition.”
From Page 17,
“Forget the common diamond-and topaz-colored sea glass; ruby is the gold standard. It’s scarcity and value owe to a key ingredient – gold. For example, sixty pounds of rub red glass contain a full ounce of the precious metal.”
There is so much fascinating history in the book but my favorite section is summed up in the first two chapters of the epilogue on page 96.
“Why are we drawn to the coastline? In part, no doubt, the brine that hangs in the air and the rhythmic crashing of waves dispense eco-therapy. The sea is surely Nature’s most potent antidepressant.
Some anthropologists point to sodium, potassium and calcium, whose ratio in seawater is the same as that in human blood and bones. Maybe, with apologies to Herman Melville, beachcombers are just searching for their souls, which lie nearby in the ocean. To be sure, there is something primordial in it all.”
I’m so grateful for these wonderful treasures, my aunt and my cousin and my family – in my home and outside of it – and the books too!
Catch of the Day: Gratitude and Love