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A Patchwork of Comforts
Small Pleasures for Peace of Mind
Carol Wiseman
ISBN: 9781573249041
Book (Paperback)
Conari Press
$14.95
5 x 7
208 pages
May 15, 2004


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Author Carol Wiseman asked people around the country to send her descriptions of their favorite comforts. The result is A Patchwork of Comforts, a collection of comforting and comfortable things to soothe body, mind, and spirit. Comforts are organized alphabetically--and Wiseman adds sidebars with bits of trivia, and even comforting recipes, such as a recipe for Zabaglione, a dessert sauce.

A-to-Z comforts include:
* Alone Time: The only voice you hear is your own
* Aromas: Trigger memories
* Brainrest: A chance to recoup and regroup
* Crosswords: The right word satisfies
* Cuddling: Back to the womb
* Daydreams: Going to the movies free
* Dogs: Part of the family
* Vacation: A break from responsibility
* Water: Watch it, hear it, drink it, play in it
* X-tra Time: Ditching the clock lets you finish...whatever
* Young at Heart: Keeps you in the loop
* ZZZ's: Renews and reactivates



There are plenty of comforting activities to take the sting out of even the worst days: sitting by a fire after a long walk in the cold; watching birds in the back yard; enjoying a big cup of homemade hot chocolate; bathing by candlelight; a weekend camping trip--with no electronic appliances.A Patchwork of Comforts is a homecoming in a book--welcoming, warm, and wise.

A book written especially for "one of those days," dipping into A Patchwork of Comforts is like a long soak in a hot tub.

Carol and her husband live on a wooded island in the Pacific Northwest.... but the slower pace of life here is nothing new. She and her family had long ago escaped the cement, chaos, and car fumes of San Francisco suburbia. Twenty-five years of introspection, two return engagements to college, community involvement, and a variety of human service jobs fostered her passion for human behavior. In the end, it was the leg jigglers and nail biters all around her that planted the seed for this her first book: A Patchwork of Comforts: Small Pleasures for Peace of Mind. Her fondest hope is that readers will get a few good ideas to weave into your own lives that will bring them better health and more peace and, what's most important of all, some laughs along the way. "Sometimes we just need a reminder of what's already in our lives because we've been too busy to notice."


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