What a rich and rewarding collection of essays! Dell’s love of nature reflects that in Mary Oliver’s essays. I felt myself walking with her and her dog by the lake and in the autumn woods. Besides the delicious reading, I found delicious recipes, all in keeping with the clear and comprehensive nutritional guidance she offers. And then, a heart-filling story of rescuing a dog while she and her husband were vacationing on Kauai. Both these compassionate people spent days of their vacation time on getting care and finding a home for an abandoned dog they found on a mountain road. Clearly, nature, with all her creatures and plants, dominates the author’s life.
Besides being a vastly rewarding read, this book will serve as a reference and guide for many years. My copy already has page markers for recommendations about nutritional supplements, practices, and recipes. Even now, sitting here and writing, I hear Dell’s admonition to BREATHE! I also hear her telling me to get up and walk around — stretch your body! I am inspired by her description of what she calls “vibrant longevity.” which she says is available to those who practice good nutrition and good health practices. So I’m increasing my water intake — divided my weight by two and drinking that many ounces of water a day. (Well, TRYING to do so. Not easy, but I’m coming close.) I would dearly love to add another decade to my 85 years, especially if the added years can be active and healthy ones. Thank you, Dr. Dell, for your inspiration.