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Books for relaxing, for being inspired, for being informed, for sweeping you away to Paris, for helping you find your purpose and calling, a new series to sweep you back to an unknown story which took place during WWII, a film to reveal something you may not have known, cottage gardeners, a series for you to delight in, timeless and chic clothing for spring and summer and yes, so much more.
—The Beauty of Living Twice by Sharon Stone
A TSLL reader who has steered me in the right direction on previous titles recommended Sharon Stone’s new autobiography. “Stone, one of the most renowned actresses in the world, suffered a massive stroke that cost her not only her health, but her career, family, fortune, and global fame. In The Beauty of Living Twice, Stone chronicles her efforts to rebuild her life and writes about her slow road back to wholeness and health. In a business that doesn’t accept failure, in a world where too many voices are silenced, Stone found the power to return, the courage to speak up, and the will to make a difference in the lives of men, women, and children around the globe.”
—Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Passions and Talents and Transform Your Life by Ken Sir Robinson, PhD
More than ten years ago Ken Sir Robinson gave a TEDTalk which inspired his bestselling book The Element. In 2013, he followed it up with a companion book which also receiving great praise – Finding Your Elements. “The practical guide that helps people find their own Element. Among the questions that this new book answers are:
• How do I find out what my talents and passions are?
• What if I love something I’m not good at?
• What if I’m good at something I don’t love?
• What if I can’t make a living from my Element?
• How do I do help my children find their Element?
Worth exploring if you are trying to figure out where to channel your energy and invest your time and attention. I can say with confidence, seeking it out is worth the initial confusion because when you find it, your life will change in ways you could never imagine, and yes, for the better.
Released earlier this month, and further drilling down on what many of us had at least an inkling about, “Michael Moss uses the latest research on addiction to uncover what the scientific and medical communities—as well as food manufacturers—already know: that food, in some cases, is even more addictive than alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs.”
—How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton M. Christensen
When I first learned of this book, I immediately put it on my shopping list. I look forward to reading it soon as from “Clayton M. Christensen, comes an unconventional book of inspiration and wisdom for achieving a fulfilling life. Christensen’s The Innovator’s Dilemma, notably the only business book that Apple’s Steve Jobs said ‘deeply influenced’ him, is widely recognized as one of the most significant business books ever published. Now, in the tradition of Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture and Anna Quindlen’s A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Christensen’s How Will You Measure Your Life is with a book of lucid observations and penetrating insights designed to help any reader—student or teacher, mid-career professional or retiree, parent or child—forge their own paths to fulfillment.”
Speaking the language of living simply luxuriously, Australian illustrator Kerrie Hess has written a lovely book detailing oodles of ideas for welcoming simple joys into your daily life. Released on Tuesday, if you want a boost to your style, your home, your everyday life, even your upcoming travel plans, this beautifully illustrated book is worth welcoming home.
—Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson
For anyone who loves their cosy mysteries, but would be perfectly happy if the murder part was removed, this is the British series for you. Written in the 1930s, D.E. Stevenson’s four-part book series set in a small English country town centers around Miss Barbara Buncle and book #1 is Miss Buncle’s Book. I am nearly done with it, and only put it down when I have to catch some sleep.
—Serena & Lily Teak Slink Chair, on sale (more colors)
Summer is coming, and these lovely sun or beach or porch chairs are timeless in their look and simple in their functionality and design.
Certainly anything but a light-hearted film, Jodie Foster along with Benedict Cumberbatch (listen to his American accent – it isn’t that bad :)) are receiving great reviews for their performances in The Mauritanian inspired by a true story based on the 2015 memoir Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Salahi. Salahi’s details his experience of being held for fourteen years without charge in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
Learn more about the film in this PBS Newshour profile and view the trailer below. The film streams wherever you watch your favorite films beginning today.
—Dear Paris: The Paris Letters Collection by Janice MacLeod
Released last month, “what started as a whim in a Latin Quarter café blossomed into Janice MacLeod’s years long endeavor to document and celebrate life in Paris, sending monthly snippets of her paintings and writings to the mailboxes of ardent followers around the world. Now, Dear Paris collects the entirety of the Paris Letters project: 140 illustrated messages discussing everything from macarons to Montmartre.”
—Life in a Cottage Garden w/Carol Klein, BritBox
BritBox just added Carol Klein’s eight-part series which debuted about eight years ago on the BBC but is still more than worth watching. Master gardener and host of Gardeners’ World Klein takes viewers into her own garden in Devon beginning in January and then month by month takes viewers through the entire year. See her garden evolve through the seasons and the tireless work, yet inspired attention she gives to the space after having lived and designed nearly from scratch the property she and her husband purchased 40 years ago.
The accompanying book which was published to pair with the television series is seen here of the same name – Life in a Cottage Garden.
Hello spring and summer. I could live in this dress at all times. Gorgeous, timeless, feminine, understated and just as brilliantly fabulous.
Unique in its structure and perfect for spring and summer.
—Atlantic Crossing, PBS Masterpiece
Premiering this Sunday at 9pm, this eight-episode limited series spotlights the often lesser known story which took place during WWII.
“A princess steals the heart of the president of the United States in an epic drama based on the World War II relationship of Franklin Roosevelt and Norwegian Crown Princess Martha. Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Sex and the City) stars as Roosevelt, opposite Swedish star Sofia Helin (The Bridge) as the beautiful Martha, who flees the Nazis with her three young children and lives under Roosevelt’s protection.” View the trailer below and enjoy!
—Rebel, new series on ABC
Starring Katey Sagal as Annie ‘Rebel’ Bello and “inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich today, Annie ‘Rebel’ Bello is a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree. She’s a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost.” Premiering next Thursday April 8th on ABC, check out the trailer below.
The first week back after a wonderful Spring Break here in Oregon, and while abrupt, good things revealed themselves in many arenas of life.
On Thursday, the above recipe was shared exclusively with TOP Tier subscribers along with a video kitchen tutorial (in 15 minutes, this five ingredient recipe for Molten Lava Cake will make your tastebuds dance in absolute pleasure) in the monthly A Cuppa Moments w/Shannon video chat (learn more about becoming a subscriber here). Now with a fresh new weekend ahead, I look forward to slowing down, tinkering in the garden and putting some final pieces together for the bathroom and bedroom projects, and I cannot wait to continue to read the books I am loving – I shared one above in today’s This & That and the other in yesterday’s A Cuppa Moments.
Thursday morning, Norman and I came across these first daffodils along the river sharing their golden beauty. There is something so hopeful and as one TSLL reader described, triumphant and thus encouraging about seeing the daffodils rise from the soil.
The week also brought the release of TSLL’s annual Spring Shopping Guide which is full of 65+ shoppable items as well as a breakdown of the nine trends worth investing in. And to begin the week, on Monday, a book I enjoyed throughly recently was the focus of the weekly motivational post – 9 Ways to Think Like A Monk, as taught by Jay Shetty.
I think Spring might finally be arriving in Bend, and upon hearing the first birdsong from my bedroom window last weekend, I cannot wait to see everything begin to bloom and awaken in the garden. I hope you had a week of productivity and regular moments of rest, and may the upcoming weekend – whether you celebrate Easter or simply revel in a few days to celebrate the new spring (or fall) season, be full of beauty and oodles of free time to do what you please. Below I have gathered up more than a few articles you might enjoy. Thank you for stopping by and until Monday, bonne journée.
~Step inside Vogue contributor Jo Rodger’s renovation of a 19th century London home (find solidarity in the process if yours, like hers, is taking more time than you thought possible)
~Where our strength comes from and what it means to be strong [Tiny Buddha]
~An article I enjoyed on Sunday while sitting outside on my front porch (see below) – Slip away to Jasper Conran’s Dorset country home and garden [The New York Times Style Magazine]
~I feel fortunate to have been introduced to her books as a young girl (looooove Ramona Quimby). Celebrating Beverly Cleary’s life upon learning of her passing last Thursday. Listen to this segment which includes clips from an interview she gave a handful of years ago [NPR]
~recipe for Crab, Cucumber, radish and herb salad [House & Garden UK]~
~A new month, a new post full of Monty’s monthly gardening tips!
~How Paris is attempting to become Europe’s greenest city by 2030 [The Independent]
~We want our friends back, but which ones? [The New York Times]
~For my fellow classical music lovers – discover the 10 Classical Concerts to stream in April [The New York Times]
~Find out what the third lockdown in France means and how it came to pass [The New York Times]