All of that is in this book as well. She changed publishers a few years ago, and the current house does not seem to "g I feel conflicted and a bit sad giving this book by one of my favorite living authors only two stars -- but this is how it has to be. She changed publishers a few years ago, and the current house does not seem to "get" Alexandra Stoddard. She's been reduced to writing essay-style collections, over and over, to the point where this is her fourth book of essays on mothers and daughters.
I think her best book was "Living A Beautiful Life," and while that voice is still present, it's so diluted in this short-treatment format that it's hard to feel this is the same author.
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She writes on familiar themes of connection with family, using one's time well, organizing space, appreciating fleeting beauty, and so forth, with somewhat forced insertions of her daughters' points of view on these topics so that the book can indeed impart shared wisdom. Had they actually written in their own words, this might have been a very valuable read.
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As it is, they remain somewhat two-dimensional. Stoddard has chosen to reject many of the technological advances of the modern age of communication, so that much of her advice on keeping in touch falls very flat in the 21st century.
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She's oblivious to the usefulness of the Internet as a research and communication tool; her daughters had to get her a "Pronto" machine so that the grandchildren could sort of fax messages to her via the 'net. The anachronistic tone is saddening rather than empowering, because with her love of learning and people, she has chosen to sit out of an entire world of connectedness she might otherwise enjoy. She had some trouble getting her last several books published, perhaps in part because she still writes longhand and many editors will simply not entertain the level of work involved in putting something so raw into publication.
I continue to enjoy the books I have of hers, but it's with less longing that I realize this one may be her last. She wrote a book about her husband some years ago, and has decided that as he's 91 this year, it's time to publish. Their relationship is inspirational and I sincerely look forward to reading this long-held manuscript in full book form.
She is at her best as an author when an editor isn't prodding her along on a stale idea-- this next book should be truly delightful. Sep 11, Carrie Lahain rated it it was amazing Shelves: I've been reading Ms. Stoddard for over twenty years now and am always eager to get a glimpse into the quiet, purpose-directed world she has created for herself. Her strong focus on eternal values--the preciousness of time, the importance of personal connection, the beauty that surrounds us even in the toughest times--never fails to give me a boost.
Unlike some of the author's fans, I am not crazy about her short-form essays. This book in particular, being so brief, left me a little hungry. Yet, what there is of it is beautiful.
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Like a bite-sized piece of dark chocolate. Or a single rose. Apr 17, Jackie Law rated it really liked it. Those with whom we elect to share out time will also benefit from our sensitive awareness. We have to train our minds to become completely absorbed in the reality of whatever is going on at the moment. This discipline automatically opens us up to a deeper, more profound intelligence and understanding that enables us to tap into our innate intuitive powers. And, in this awareness, we experience timelessness, "When we are mindful of our present experience, we are valuing our time in a soulful way.
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