Books for Reflecting and Realigning on these Warm-Weather Days

I live in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic area. Philadelphia, to be exact. Our winters are long, filled with bitter bites in our air, and short days that lead to blanketed nights. Sometimes, we wake up to snow falling from the sky as if they’re delicate gifts from the clouds. Other times, we shelter against snowstorms that remind you of nature’s power. Whenever summer comes around, it often becomes a busy time. People emerge from their winter cocoons to celebrate life’s magic and milestones: day trips to the beach, barbecues with family, never-ending, warm nights in the presence of friends old and new.…

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the wisdom of deep time

I went camping in a place with canyons and rock formations, emerald pools and birds of prey. This place is millions of years old, and when I was there, there were many moments when it felt as though I had entered a different realm. The environment, the hikes, the experience of camping during the off-season, when visitors are more reluctant to deal with the harsh realities of the winter’s cold – it all transported me from the trappings of my own ego and modern life, into a place where I was insignificant, and yet allowed to enter. It transported me…

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You can read words on a page and be transported to another time and place … but my favorite kinds of stories are the ones that take me back to the essence of myself. The books that make me realize someone else has survived my fears, dreamed my dreams, has felt my insecurities and still learned how to laugh with life’s joys and pains. In a world full of filters, it’s nice to have someone tell a story through the black and white words on a page, because in order to make a good story, the human condition can’t be…

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