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The pleasures of fall – and the endurance of books

The pleasures of fall – and the endurance of books.

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Remember what made you happy…

beach library
London book benches

Advice I came across years ago that I find useful: think back to what made you happy as a child, say eight years old. When you feel overwhelmed by grownup obligations, these memories can help you focus on simple pleasures you may be neglecting that feed your soul.

My eight-year-old self loved books, animals, smart friends, the ocean, holidays of all kinds, writing and drawing, including making little illustrated books for my family. No surprise that I live on the coast of Maine, an animal lover, avid reader, writer and yes, publisher of books for the fun of it, not for profit. I still love holidays and playing with like-minded friends. If too much of what you were drawn to and made you happy as a child is missing from your busy adult life, perhaps you can find those uncomplicated pleasures again and be nourished by them.

On the theme of books and their importance: here’s a beach library, and examples from a clever project in London where bus stop benches are decorated as famous books.

Books that enter your heart

books cat tapestry

boy reading

I learned to read before I went to school, and a magic world opened up. My parents took us to the library and we could check out as many books as we wanted, and they never told us a book was “too adult” for us. Thus, I read some books (Peyton Place, Ian Fleming books and Lady Chatterley’s Lover come to mind) that I did not understand except vaguely until years later. Some of the books I loved as a child include: The Secret Garden, The Wind in the Willows, The Borrowers series, The Little House on the Prairie series, A Child’s Garden of Verses, Kipling’s Just So Stories, Black Beauty, The Sword in the Stone, and any book about dogs or lions. Sometimes I reread one of these beloved books, and it never disappoints. Doing so will recall your young, much more innocent self, a bittersweet form of time travel.