Wednesday, June 5, 2013

//On My Shelf//

I'm starting a new and regular feature here on the blog.  Originally,  this blog was supposed to have more of a literary feel, with book reviews and poetry posts.  So, I'm going to attempt to show a bit more of me and my love of books and poetry is a huge part of doing that.   On My Shelf is going to be my way of sharing my favorite novels and poets.  I think it will also help to keep me accountable- I only have so many books (although I have enough to keep this feature going a while) and I will have to keep reading.  
If you are a parent and love to read then you know it is difficult to keep do when you become a parent.  

The first book I'd like to share is Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

Anne wrote this essay-style book using sea shells as inspiration.  Spiritually focused and practically inspiring, it has quickly become one of my favorites.  I pick it up and read snippets all the time, as it is especially inspiring for all the wives and mothers out there.

Here are some quotes from the section I read this morning.  I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts, because this is a subject I've been thinking of a lot lately.  Feminism as a lasting outlook- one I can teach my boys, where they can truly understand their own role in valuing women.

"The relationship of 'persons as persons' was prophetically hinted at by the German poet, Rilke, almost fifty years ago.  He foresaw a great change in the relationships between men and women, which he hoped in the future would no longer follow the traditional patterns of submission and domination or of possession and competition.  He described a state in which there would be space and freedom for growth, and in which each partner would be the means of releasing the other. " (pg 93-94)

"It cannot be reached until women-individually and as a sex- has herself come of age, a maturing process we are witnessing today.  In this undertaking she must work alone and cannot count on much help from the outsider, eager as he may be in pointing out the way...... Women must come of age by herself.  This is the essence of 'coming of age'-to learn how to stand alone.  She must learn not to depend on another, nor to feel she must prove her strength by competing with another.  In the past, she has swung between these two opposite poles of dependence and competition, of Victorianism and Feminism.  Both extremes throw her off balance; neither is the center, the true center of being a whole women.  She must find her true center alone.  She must become whole.  She must, it seems to be, as a prelude to any 'two solitudes' relationships, follow the advice of the poet to become 'world to oneself for another''s sake.' (pg 95-96)

"In fact, I wonder if bothe man and women must not accomplish this heroic feat.  Must not man also become world to himself?  Must he not also expand the neglected sides of his personality; the art of inward living that he has seldom had time for in his active outward-going life; the personal relationships whivh he has not had as much chance to enjoy; the so-called feminine qualities, aesthetic, emotional, cultural and spiritual....... Perhaps both men and women in America may hunger.. for the supposedly feminine qualities of heart, mind and spirit-qualities which are neither masculine nor feminine, but simply human qualities that have been neglected." (pg.97)
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