The Sweetness of a Simple Life

simpleA beautiful thing happened to me a few weeks ago.  A package arrived in the mail from a lovely couple my husband did business with a few years ago….a couple who are a delight to have acquaintance with….a friendship we would like to nurture to become more than it is today.

In this package was a book that this couple received from their son for Christmas.  They, being regular readers of my website, knew that I would enjoy reading this book too so they sent me my very own copy.

The book…”The Sweetness of a Simple Life” by Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a beautiful book.  The author, as described on the jacket of this book, is “a botanist, medical biochemist and self-defined “renegade scientist”, who brings together ethnobotany, horticulture, spirituality and alternative medicine to reveal a path toward better stewardship of the natural world.” Diana Beresford – Kroeger lives in Ontario, Canada where she has her research garden named “Carrigliath, filled with rare and endangered species.

Some of the topics in the book I am familiar with from previous studies of health and natural and alternative medicine.   The majority of the contents of this gem were so interesting and new to me.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.  I learned new information on topics so varied from how important sleep is, to aboriginal medicine, herbs as medicine, how to have the perfect lawn without chemicals, dog and cat care, gardening, anti-cancer trees, and so much more.  I recommend this book to anyone who is remotely keen on mother nature, respecting our environment and wants to learn some great things about the beauty that surrounds us.

There is a quote I am reminded of here when I extend my gratitude to our friends for sharing….

Love only grows by sharing.  You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.”  – Brian Tracy

I must say that since I read this book “The Sweetness of a Simple Life” I now pay more attention to the trees and plants around me.  When I look at a tree, I smile.  It is serving a purpose to our great planet, not just asthetics, but is playing an important role in keeping our environment clean and liveable for humans, animals and insects.  Nature is amazing.  I am definitely going to start spending more time with nature and surely gain the benefits of being close to the great plants and trees we take for granted.

Thank you Cathy and Blair.  Your act of sharing has increased my “joy” meter.

After reading this book and learning so much about plants and trees I am also reminded of words from Michael Pollen, author, journalist, and food activist:

“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.”  Michael Pollen – The Omnivores Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.

I hope that you enjoy reading this book as much as I did.

And…by the way….if any of you have book titles to share that have resonated with you…I’m very open to any suggestions for great reading you may come across.




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