Monday, August 24, 2009

Living, Learning and Loving

I recently found out about a wonderful little gem of a book written by Leo Buscaglia. I was reading Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human and was reminded just how much I love Leo Buscaglia's writing, I decided to see if he had some other books I hadn't yet read and came across The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages.
This is such a good read and it really is good for any ages. E isn't feeling well so yesterday we sat out on the deck, cuddled up and read this book and then had a good chat about life and Leo. I love reading his books because I feel his light-hearted, open-minded spirit just pours out of the pages of his writing. I find him to be very inspiring (in his encouragement to people to take responsibility to live your own best life) and I wanted to share some of that with E.
I first came across his writing when I read Living, Learning and Loving (which you will notice is one of the labels on this blog and how I prefer to refer to our way of learning). I saw the spine of this book on a table at a library sale and thought - Living, Learning and Loving?!? That's what we do!! (and then, of course, I wrote a blathering post about it) ;-) Since then I've been enjoying his work.
On the end pages of Freddie the Leaf there is a quote that was found on Leo's typewriter the day after he died. It reads, " Every moment spent in unhappiness is a moment of happiness lost." I love the simplicity and the clarity of that thought and I think he was a very wise man, indeed.


nettlejuice said...

We are big Leo Buscaglia fans here too!

Jacqueline said...

very wise indeed! i hope your boys are feeling better.

Samantha said...

What great looking books! I've put a few of his on hold at the library. Can't wait to check them out!

sheila said...

I HAD to tell you that I just found that pruning book at the second hand store today - remember the one you recommended to me? It was $3. I nearly died with delight. And then I bought it.

Heather said...

Shelia, what a score!!! That must be some second hand book store to have it for only $3, that is quite a pricey book, I think. So now I suppose you will need to go out and buy several more fruit trees, after all, you've got to have something to practice on. ;-)

Sue said...

Hi Heather,
I love Leo's writing...thanks for the reminder. Sue