A Patchwork of Comforts: Small Pleasures for Peace of Mind

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Conari Press, May 1, 2004 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 195 pages
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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 ownAromas: Trigger memoriesBrainrest: A chance to recoup and regroupCrosswords: The right word satisfiesCuddling: Back to the wombDaydreams: Going to the movies freeDogs: Part of the familyVacation: A break from responsibilityWater: Watch it, hear it, drink it, play in it X-tra Time: Ditching the clock lets you finish...whateverYoung at Heart: Keeps you in the loopZZZ'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.

 

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Contents

Welcome
1
The only voice you hear is your own
7
Human nesting
13
Leaving cement behind
20
More is sometimes better
29
Delicious therapy
35
Frees your spirit
45
Gives your senses a rest
52
Stills a busy mind
100
Daybreaks
105
Cap off a great mood
113
Passports to memories
120
When you can hear your eyes blink
128
Planning ahead gives you something
135
Just listen
141
Getting it out
147

Table of Comforts
56
Challenge in paradise
67
Grownup cradle
73
Black on red fills your mind
80
Finding mental treasure
87
Controlled shrinkage
94
Strive to KIS Keep It Simple
154
Table or Comforts
161
Fingers channeling brainwaves
175
Keeps you in the loop
182
Acknowledgment and Thanks
193
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Carol Wiseman is also the author of A Patchwork of Comforts: Small Pleasures for Peace of Mind. She lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and hopes her work will help others move through their lives with the least amount of stress and most happiness possible.

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