Gift from the Sea Giveaway {$200 Value}:
1. Pottery Barn Golden Shells and Shell Chart Greeting Card
2. $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
3. Neutral Striped Tote from Restoration Hardware
4. SoulCare Journal Set: Fair-Trade Mulberry Paper Journal/Sketchbook, Write for Your Soul Booklet, Twig Pencil
5. French Orange Marmalade, Gingham Spoon and Natural Fiber Placemats from Anthropologie
6. Cooperative Mesh Scarf from Urban Outfitters
7. “Samba with Me to the Sea” Embroidered Dishtowel from Anthropologie
8. Dipped Coral Necklace from Anthropologie


It has been a joy to be on island time with you this summer as we’ve bent back the pages of Gift from the Sea and discovered so many treasures hiding within. As we reminisce about our time at the edge of the water with Anne Morrow Lindbergh and with each other, I’ve gathered a few souvenirs as reminders of simplicity, solitude, stages of womanhood and relationship, and our responsibilities to our community and the world. As we leave this carefree time of contemplation and head into the more industrious days of fall, I wish these things for you….

1. May you remember that under the surface, “even those whose lives had appeared to be ticking imperturbably under their smiling clock-faces were often trying…to evolve another rhythm with more creative pauses in it, more adjustment to their individual needs, and new and more alive relationships to themselves as well as others.” When you look at these Golden Shells that may find a place in your home decor, remember that underneath the shine, they are real and natural and fragile, and so are the women around you, “searching for a new pattern of living…a contemplative corner of their own.”

2. May you be open to new things, “chance treasures these easy unconscious rollers may toss up on the smooth white sand of the conscious mind….” And maybe use the $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card to surprise yourself with a new book?

3. As you open up the Striped Tote or another at home and decide what to carry with you, may you learn “the art of shedding; how little one can get along with, not how much” and remember that “one cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few…. For it is only framed in space that beauty blooms.”

4. May you find time for a mini getaway each day, each week and maybe even each year as “certain springs are only tapped when we are alone. The artist knows he must be alone to create; the writer, to work out his thoughts; the musician, to compose; the saint, to pray. But women need solitude in order to find again the true essence of themselves: that firm strand which will be the indispensable center of a whole web of human relationships.” I hope the SoulCare Journal Set with fair-trade mulberry paper sketchbook/journal, Write for Your Soul booklet, and twig pencil will help you tap those creative springs and be refilled.

5. In the simple joy of opening up French Orange Marmalade over Natural Fiber Placemats, may you “find the miracle of the sunrise repeated” in your marriage, “the sudden pleasure of having breakfast alone with the man one fell in love with…two people facing each other…. Nothing but a coffee pot, corn muffins and marmalade” between you.

6. May the Mesh Scarf remind you that “marriage which is always spoken of as a bond, becomes actually, in this stage, many bonds, many strands of different texture and strength, making up a web that is taut and firm.” And may you remember to swim strong together to strengthen those bonds in the midst of the demands of family life.

7. May you revel in the differentiation of interests and strengths and areas of gifting in your relationship and “move confidently in the same pattern.” May you work together in the same direction, dancing, “completely in time with the music, not leaning back to the last step or pressing forward to the next one, but poised directly on the present step as it comes.” I hope the fun “Samba with Me to the Sea” towel will remind you to enjoy the dance in your everyday, even when you’re teaming up to do the dishes.

8. Finally, when you are feeling that “modern communication loads us with more problems than the human frame can carry,” may the Coral Necklace remind you of our fragile habitats and societies and how when we all do our part, catastrophe shrinks.

We will close out next Monday with a look back at Gift from the Sea with Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s afterword, written in 1975, twenty years after initial publication. I’ll announce our giveaway winner in that post. All are invited to enter, even those who haven’t yet read Gift from the Sea. The $25 B&N Gift Card would be a great way to get yourself a copy and start reading. Be sure to get your comments in before midnight on Saturday, August 11 when the contest closes. Until then, have fun entering the giveaway…and be sure to let your friends in on it!

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