Nancy Nason Guss
Living with Gussto!
Living with Gussto promotes positive energy through gratitude, nature, fun, love, music, art, and highlighting those who do the same - oh...along with some bagpipes.
Books, Blogs, and Bagpipes!
That, my friends, is Living with Gussto!
The first time I held my book! It was a humbling and fulfilling experience.
The Symbiotic Inspiration between Reading and Writing
I read to gain inspiration, appreciate the art of well-crafted words and sentences, and to learn about life from others on this amazing journey.
I highly recommend it.
~Nancy Nason Guss
Current Reads and Reviews
"Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch." ~E.B. White
The World According to Mr. Rogers:
Important Things to Remember
A Must Have Book!
All life events are formative. All contribute to what we become, year by year, as we go on growing.
~Mr. Fred Rogers
As part of isolation, I found myself reviewing various books around my house. I thought you might enjoy this one.
Rogers, Fred. The World According to Mr. Rogers: Important Things to Remember. Family Communications, Inc. 2004 and Hyperion for Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Rating: 5 Stars (out of 5) ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Living truths may be discovered all around us, from others and in whatever experiences the world brings. When our child needed help processing events, in addition to the Bible, we went to Mr. Rogers, where he and his characters shared positive messages for tough times. I realized that the times I guided our child to Mr. Rogers were those times that I too needed his grounding. So with that, I thought I would review one of his books for our journey through 2020 together. I read a lot during these times of isolation, and so I will review some of the wisdom from The World According to Mr. Rogers that was published by Hallmark in 2004. This is a great little book to have on hand. Whenever you need to be brought back to earthwhile imagining the ideal, this is the only book you'll need.
When I found myself with so many questions, I realized that many of the topics were discussed many years ago within the simple truths found in this little book. Mr. Rogers had something to say about just about everything. For example, regarding speaking out, he says:
The values we care about the deepest, and the movements within society that support those values, command our love. When those things that we care about so deeply become endangered, we become enraged. And what a healthy thing that is! Without it, we would never stand up and speak out for what we believe. We must take a stand.
Whether we like it or not, 2020 will go down in the books as one setting all records, and I see that we are at a crossroads. We will go one way or the other. Regardless, we are at the fork in the road, and there will be changes. We may get to choose our path; we may not. It depends on this election. Yet, we will see new beginnings. Mr. Rogers had something to say about this too:
Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else. I’ve felt that many times. My hope for all of us is that “the miles we go before we sleep” will be filled with all the feelings that come from deep caring -- delight, sadness, joy, wisdom—and that in all the endings of our life, we will be able to see the new beginnings.
I too hope that we continue to care deeply and joyfully do what is right. Bullying has become accepted by many, and suddenly we are inundated with men holding assault rifles as a show of strength. I think of Atticus Finch's definition of courage in To Kill a Mockingbird (paraphrased): When you know you've lost before you begin, but you begin anyway. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.
Mr. Rogers talks about this too. Evidently, he was often accused of not being "manly" because he didn't fit the macho mold, yet he was an extremely good person who did no one harm. He said:
When I was a boy I used to think that strong meant having big muscles, great physical power; but the longer I live, the more I realize that real strength has much more to do with what is not seen. Real strength has to do with helping others.
This is what brings me here to this spot. We must regain the strength and lens to see the world as about "thee" instead of "me." If we reach out to others, we show the best the world has to give.
Mr. Rogers said, “It came to me ever so slowly that the best way to know the truth was to begin trusting what my inner truth was…and trying to share it—not right away—only after I had worked hard at trying to understand it.” The beauty of this quote encompasses all we should be doing in life: _find truth, seek to understand; dig deeper.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a little guide to life during tough times. It has so much wisdom to digest, and it is the perfect book for anyone trying to process 2020.
1. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Some Writer! by Melissa Sweet is a fascinating story of one of my favorite authors, E.B. White. For those who do not remember E.B. White, he penned Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan. However, my favorite work to which he is attached is Elements of Style by Strunk and White. This little book has carried me through high school and college, and I make a point of introducing it to my students. My students know that one of my writing mantras is "Omit Needless Words," which always introduces the quarterly focus of "be concise," making every word count. We then move into the next quarter's "be precise," which focuses on clarity. Although the story of Elements of Style is brilliant unto itself, it's first author was Professor Strunk, and this review is about Mr. White's story.
Melissa Sweet captures the essence of E.B. White's life, one filled with simple living, love of nature, love of nature, and love of his craft. Her illustrations capture the messages and highlight key ideas. I had the most fun reading through all of the quotes from White's
favorite authors and himself.
The book was written to bring an understanding of E.B. White to children, yet at age 62, I found it appropriate and enjoyable. Maybe that is because E.B. White continues to touch the child in all of us.
Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White
2016 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
$18.99 Hardcover, 161 pages
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Discernment and Rating System
All books are rated on a 5 ⭐️ system.
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ =superbly written, brilliant message, useful application to life and/or learning, appropriate for all ages (unless stated in the review), and supports biblical lessons and teachings. Artistically presented and artfully crafted
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ = has merit, but lacks any one of the above - may need discernment to pick the useful and sift out the non-biblical; has artistic merit and provides ideas for thought
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ = has some merit, lacks two or more of above criteria - worth the read - maybe if it falls in your interest area
⭐️ ⭐️ = if it is in your interest area, you may like it. May have serious problems theologically; may not be appropriate for all ages or interests
⭐️ = not worth the time unless there is something in it you are seeking
Note: there are no half stars.
*Disclaimer: I enjoy reading a variety of books and seek to find all different perspectives. As a result, you may find books expressing different religions, values, politics, or view points. I believe it is important to read all so that we know what is actually out there. If we don't, we will never understand and run the risk of having to deal with something in ignorance and hoping for the best. Sometimes we must read that which makes us uncomfortable, and that's okay. I don't like reading about evil things, demons, or devils, but I do need to know how they work so that I do not fall into their lair. I don't like to do that either, but if I am to be truly informed, I must read all, with discernment, and take that for my life that aligns with the Bible and my interpretation of its essential truths. I hope you all do the same.
Archived Reads and Reviews
2. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Angel Detox: Taking Your Life to a Higher Level Through Releasing Emotional, Physical, and Energetic Toxins
Doreen Virtue and Robert Reeves.
12/11/13 Hay House