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Funny, it is one of the reasons I have almost stopped reading books on an e-reader. I missed the books...their physical presence; the chance to slide a little note in to remind myself of something profound I might have read. Or experience what I did one day when I found an old bible in a box that had been stored for many years. There was a yellowed slip of paper in it and when I opened it to the page, I found this passage underlined, "For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord..." I had placed it there in the early stages of my first pregnancy--and was delivered of a boy I named Timothy. He is now 38. Fingering the pages of that bible provided a visceral connection to the young woman I was. Sweet disorder, indeed.

Barbara M in NH

I find the record of my life in my recipe mother's recipes from home in Niagara Falls, the chocolate chip oatmeal cookies from a fellow ex-pat the year we lived in London, a carrot soup from a friend in Rhode Island where my husband had his first job, the molasses cookies from a friend who was a new mom when I was ....and those babies are now almost 40! And all the recipes inspired by books or blogs, like yours! The file is almost a journal of my life, in all its sweet disorder.


What a lovely story!


Yes, recipes can be so evocative.


My bookshelves appear to be in order but they aren't and I like them that way. I enjoy looking through all the books in order to find just one and to accidently find another one I had long forgotten about. Sweet disorder indeed.


Those discoveries can indeed be sweet ones.


Books and sweet disorder certainly go together, Cornflower. Although I try to keep my shelves looking fairly neat, the books sit on them quite randomly so I am always finding a volume I had forgotten I had. I have books that belonged to my maternal grandmother and grandfather (with their lovely, old-fashioned handwritten names inside), books of my mother's and father's, and my own treasures. I think I will be asked to be buried with them all!


How lovely that you have these heirlooms, Belle. I have some books that belonged to my grandparents and they are special.

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