I love books and as we continue to explore downsizing and moving, I contemplate, even as I treasure, which books might find their way to a new home.
We’ve been checking out open houses, often beautifully staged. In one, all the books on the white book shelf were covered in white. I thought of all the work that goes into a book and it’s cover, and there they were, whitewashed, stark and blank, the same.
I just finished reading State of Terror by Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny. Thumbs way, way up. It’s a “real” thriller, uncomfortably close to the truth.
State of Terror begins with this quote by Tom Peters:
“The most amazing thing that has happened in my lifetime is neither putting a man on the moon nor Facebook having 2.8 billion monthly active users. It is that in the 75 years, 7 months, and 13 days since Nagasaki, a nuclear bomb has not been detonated.”
As we watch autumn leaves fall to nourish the ground, may we live in cycling gratitude for adding days, months, and years to the continuation of that.
On Friday I was at Filoli Gardens. I looked at their library and then came home to appreciate mine. It was a sign. Like the falling leaves, it’s time to allow some of my books to find new homes, homes where their covers can shine and proclaim entry into magic, wisdom, majesty, and intent.