A list of simple things here and there.
1. Simple summer reads. I’m always on the lookout for book recommendations, and love to give them as well. I contributed to this list of “Great Summer Reads.” I’m also excited to check out the recommendations on this list.
2. Simple list. Speaking of books, a favorite that I recently finished was A Man Apart: Bill Coperthwaite’s Radical Experiment in Living. This inspiring memoir is full of wisdom, but it also exposes an honest story of human struggle experienced by Mr. Coperthwaite and the authors, Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow. If you’re not familiar with Bill Coperthwaite, I’d recommend starting with A Handmade Life: In Search of Simplicity. For me, I’ll be visiting some of the books on his list.
3. Simple tip. This is probably obvious, but one way I find new books is to check out the accolades that are often found on the back cover of books I’ve enjoyed. Those reviews are typically given by authors that write in the same subject of genre. There was an accolade on the back cover of A Man Apart that lead me to the book I’m now reading, The Map of Enough: One Woman’s Search for Place. It’s serendipitous that this would be the last book I read before moving to Montana, as it’s the author’s story of finding place in Gallatin Valley where I too will be living.
4. Simple welcome. A friend gave me the wonderful idea to leave a list of my ten favorite things about my house and neighborhood for the new homeowners. A top ten list not only extends a warm welcome, but it gives gratitude to a special place and provides closure.
5. Simple endings. Our last day in Denver will be spent doing the hard labor of loading the truck and cleaning the house. A welcome change from the difficulty in saying goodbye. Change is good, although it’s damn hard.
My next post will be from Big Sky Country! xo Julie