Friday, May 21, 2010


Thank you to Beverly for hosting this very popular weekly event.

If you've never read this book, you're missing a real treat. Anne Morrow Lindbergh wrote this during a vacation on Captiva Island, Florida. For 14 summers in a row, my family vacationed on Captiva. That I first read this book in the same place that it was written, was very meaningful to me. I was a mother with young children, at the time, just as Anne Lindbergh was when she wrote it. Sitting on the beach today, I knew it was time to re-read it. Since my now-grown daughter has my copy, I'll be heading for my favorite local book store, Page and Palette, tomorrow to pick up another copy.

"Gift from the Sea is like a shell itself in its small and perfect form . . . It tells of light and life and love and the security that lies at the heart."--New York Times Book Review.

In this inimitable classic, graceful, lucid, and lyrical, Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age, love and marriage, peace, and contentment as she set them down during a brief vacation by the sea. -- review

"I mean to lead a simple life, to choose a simple shell I can carry easily – like a hermit crab. But I do not. I find that my frame of life does not foster simplicity."

"Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea."

"I too have run away, I realize, I have shed the shell of my life, for these few weeks of vacation."

Anne Morrow Lindbergh's lyrical words are still relevant and presage so many of the themes of today's most popular books: simplicity, peaceful solitude, caring for the soul, a woman finding her place in society and life.-- review


  1. I owned this book too! What a delight to see it here! Thank you for sharing. It is an awesome book! Anne

  2. I will have to look that one up, sounds good. Love the images too1 :D

  3. Thanks Tracy- this just went on my book list!
    xoxo pattie

  4. Hello Tracy, Happy Pink Saturday :) Love the pretty pink shells. Have a lovely weekend, warmest, Brenda

  5. Very nice, I might share this title with a friend -thanks!

  6. Thank you for visiting my blog. I have read Gift from the Sea and loved it also. Wonderful pictures!

  7. Hello Tracy, From one Ga gal to another, Happy Pink Saturday. I adore the pink you found in sea shells. Lovely post and the book sure looks like an interesting read.

    Happy Pink Saturday and coming week.

  8. Hey Tracy! Thanks for sharing this book, I haven't heard of it...I'll have to pick it up and put it in my beach/lake bag~ Page and Pallette, what a great name for a store!

    LOVE the shells & the quotes, next time "cook" it and come play at Food for Thought with us~ enjoy your time at the beach :-)

  9. I am so wanting those pink, sparkly shells!

    My post for today, Sunday, is dedicated to you,Tracy. I hope you like it.

  10. I'm still circulating the Pink Saturday posts, chick, and love the pink sea shells and what looks like bougainvillea in the first photo. One thing I love about the south, having lived in Va. at one time when I met my hubby, is the lushness of the rhododendrons, azaleas and other flowers. Ummmmmhmmmm, beautiful, sugar. Nice to meet you.

  11. That sounds like my type of book! I was so happy to read your comment about your experience with Jags! I'm so excited to finally have one!!!

  12. What a lovely post! I have never heard of this book but, I named a post a few weeks back "Gifts From the Sea." It was a wreath I made that reminded me of shells washing up from the ocean. Thanks for telling about this book, sounds wonderful. I'll have to get a copy at the library.

  13. Tracy-I hope you see this comment--I have been meaning to get this book. AML was such an interesting person and wrote so thoughtfully. How is it that I have been going to FL all my life and have never heard of this island? I'll have to look it up! Thanks!

  14. Oh, some of those pink shells are absolutely beautiful. Nature is truly amazing, how she creates so many colors.

  15. It's a wonderful book. I haven't read it in years. I wonder if I can find it!
    I didn't remember where she wrote it. That was so interesting to know, and your connection, too.



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