Sunday, October 14, 2007

good for the soul.

...this morning's scatter joy pick. which totally recalled Thomas Moore's Care of the Soul. I was enchanted with this book in the early 1990's - things were tough at work and hard at home with two young children. and something about "[being] tied to life in all its particulars - good food, satisfying conversation, genuine friends, and experiences that stay in the memory and touch the heart" spoke clearly to my soul. I revisited that book and his follow-up The Re-enchantment of Everyday Life today. And was caught up again in the idea - ideal? - that "...we may discover the nature of the soul and the pleasure of being a participant, and not a master, in the extravagance of life."

I re-read a few more pages this evening, and enjoyed a bit of that extravagance - sitting on the deck with a glass of wine watching the sunlight play in the leaves...all the many colors of green...anticipating the gold, oranges and reds to come.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Mary,
    If you're interested in Thomas Moore's observations, you may want to register (it's free with the Barque: Thomas Moore Forum at It's associated with the blog that covers his writings and workshops at - Barque: Thomas Moore. A recent post in the forum talks about Moore's visit to Erie PA, last week. Please start a discussion on the forum.


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