Blessed is a book of heartwarming stories about women and hope--and the courage to change no matter where you are in your life.
Sometimes we just need to stop for a moment and absorb the quiet moments in the world around us--to take a deep breath and appreciate the things in life that make us thankful and bring us joy. Blessed is a call to do just that. In this heartfelt collection of her online columns from Diane, the flagship magazine of the Curves women's fitness center organization, author Ellen Michaud reminds us of the everyday blessings that surround us, but we all tend to overlook.
Summer in a Jar: On a 200- acre farm known for its Jersey cows and prizewinning cheese, two women harvest a cornucopia of produce that looks like it came from the Garden of Eden. Although the visit was intended to pick up ingredients for "one of the finest salsas in the near world," the end result is a view of a fertile valley, the rich smell of vegetables freshly tugged from the earth that speaks to the soul, and the natural rhythm of friendly conversation.
The Teapot: During a snowy winter storm, the author pulls her great- grandmother's worn silver teapot down from a shelf. As she polishes the teapot's tarnished surface, she contemplates its long journey over an ocean and through the generations. As she discovers engraved hallmarks that lead to a deeper understanding of its 200-year history, her appreciation for the women who traveled with it grows.
Welcome Home: As an Airbus 321 begins its descent toward the coastal lights of Los Angeles International Airport, the pilot makes an overhead announcement that stills the restless and rustling passengers. What follows are moments of contemplation about the sacrifices of soldiers and, how regardless of one's politics, there is still a shared sense of love and respect for those who fight for our freedom.
The Courage to Change: After a lifetime of self-built barriers, the author's 88-year-old aunt overcomes discouraging memories and years of grief to prove that it's never too late to open yourself to new experiences, take risks, and start over.
Ellen Michaud is an award-winning author who creates magazines, books, and website content that nurtures women. She has contributed articles to the New York Times, Washington Post, Better Homes and Gardens, Health Magazine, and is the former editor-at-large for Prevention Magazine. She authored Sleep to be Sexy, Smart, and Slim, along with several cookbooks, and writes the online monthly column "Blessed" for Diane Magazine at MyCurves.com. She lives in Bristol, Vermont.
" The book is a keeper. It has a new place of honor next to the coaster on my end table, ready to accompany a cup of tea during a break from my daily duties….It will gently deepen your appreciation for the blessings you enjoy, and you will perhaps find encouragement to step out of your routine and do something to help relieve a bit of suffering nearby or halfway around the world."
- Bella Online: The Voice of Women
"What makes this collection differ from many others is Michaud's unusual ability to
paint word pictures that engage reader's imaginations and equip them to share in the
emotions, events and blessings she describes."
- The Examiner
"Blessed-Living a Grateful Life is truly a memorable read. It makes a perfect gift for any woman and I highly recommend it."
- Moms Tree House
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