Victoria Moran believes that housekeeping is actually a form of affection for your home. All caregiving (for people or things) should lead one to gradually love what one cares for. Thomas More says in the introduction to Shelter for the Spirit, ”Ordinary chores satisfy primal longings.”
This book is not about practical tips and tricks, or full of lists of the many tasks you need to do, year-round. It’s more about changing your attitude and savoring everyday acts. This is an inspiring work for those of us stressed and depressed about how much endless, repetitive work is involved in taking care of a house.
The author says, “Human beings need a place to foster an inner life….It is about reclaiming home as the primary center for our spirituality, our resourcefulness, and the best moments of our lives.”
Besides the high-flown spirtual benefits of creating your own personal haven, you, as Moran says, ”feel more in control of your life when your house is in order.”
Subtitled the “Art and Science of Keeping House,” Home Comforts is an 800+ page book , with an incredible index. Cheryl Mendelson has written a work of reference, but it’s very readable. It’s a combination of the ultimate in practicality and an appreciation of the home as a place of refuge and the comfort that can be derived from home keeping.
The author grew up on a farm where she learned the domestic arts. She is a spiritual Martha Stewart concerned about how daily life affects the soul. Mendelson has an soothing tone; the tasks addressed in the huge tome seem entirely doable, not overwhelming.
The book is divided into sections such as Food, Cloth, Cleanliness, Daily Life (which includes caring for books, and “some quiet occupations”), Sleep and Safe Shelter. Like How to Get Things Really Flat, there are sections on clothing care labels and how you should sometimes disregard them. This book not only tells you how to do things, but why.
Are you trying to figure out what to do with your life, the meaning of life, or making plans for what happens after you stop breathing? Walk to the 100′s range of the Davenport Public Library. The 100′s are the destination for philosophy, psychology, new-age spirituality, and the supernatural. Here are a few brand-new “100′s” you might enjoy:
Thanking the Monkey
By Karen Dawn of the Washington Post is a look at the issues of animal rights, past and present, pulling quotes from celebrities in the use of animals as pets, entertainment, food, and test subjects
Just Who Will You Be
Maria Shriver pens this bestseller, which addresses living a full life when the foundations of one’s self image are taken away. Shriver was forced to resign upon husband Arbold Schwartzenegger’s election as California governor after 25 years as a national news anchor/reporter.
Ghosts Among Us
Van Praagh, the New York Times bestselling author and co-executive producer of the CBS series The Ghost Whisperer, shares his knowledge and life experience about ghosts. Contains true ghost stories and details about their active participation in our lives.