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61xqwinkt9l-_sx322_bo1204203200_“Sometimes we have trouble seeing things that are right in front of us, and no trouble at all seeing things right in front of us that are not.”

This book is chock full of delicious ideas to chew on. Sometimes they are a bit perplexing, like the quote above. Sometimes they are just lovely and calming, like this one:

There is much to think about in the garden. What should I plant here? How much water is needed there? . . . These certainly are not troubling or unpleasant thoughts. They are part of the very enjoyable creative process of giving birth to something beautiful. But I find that when I am in the garden the joy I seek most emerges when I am not thinking at all, but just allow myself to simply be; to experience the smells, colors, and textures at the level of sensuality — of being. When I allow myself to think too much, to focus too obsessively on the frosted lilies, the discolored foliage on the oak, the never-ending siege by legions of weeds, I sometimes find myself losing touch with the peace and beauty of the moment. Sometimes, not thinking is a good thing.

After his mother’s death, Joel returns home for the first time in 30 years to find her magnificent garden is virtually no more. As she wished, it has remained untouched during the last years of her life, spent alone in a nursing home. As Joel begins to restore his mother’s garden, he finds the bitterness and regret which have become so much a part of his life through the years begin to fade. In his mother’s garden he finds a rare sense of peace and contentment.

So too, evidently, do the visitors. Who are these visitors and why are they in his mother’s garden? What is Joel here to learn? What do the visitors have to teach him?

Having retired from a life in academia, Robert Rudd has risen to a new challenge. This is his first serious work of fiction. He probes the existential filaments of life, exploring metaphysics, spirituality, redemption, and beauty. Holding all these weighty ideas aloft are brilliant flashes of self-deprecating humor, epicurean delights, and every so often a ripple in the universe left by the disappearing tail of a cat.

The book is available in paperback and, for a limited time, as a free Kindle download. Don’t miss out this purely delightful quest for knowledge.

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