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“An ode to the pleasures and sweet bondage of motherhood, a gift basket of drawings, musings, definitions and advice from the grassy hillside of a New England farmhouse.  A labor of love, in love’s coat of many colors; an offering to the God of the search for a valuable life.”

– Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted and Cowboys Are My Weakness

“Christina Rosalie’s thoughtful book, A Field Guide to Now, is a personal and conversational guide to faith and timing.”  

– Sabrina Ward Harrison, author of Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself

“In A Field Guide to Now Christina Rosalie brings life into perfectly crisp focus by distilling it, with letters and paint, down to its most basic and beautiful elements. While falling in love with her world, you’ll remember what you love about your own life, and you’ll finish the book inspired to make the most of every moment.”

– Katherine Malmo, author of Who in This Room: The Realities of Cancer, Fish, and Demolition.

“No one talks about the moments in between,” and yet Christina Rosalie does. Reminiscent of Annie Dillard, Rosalie shows us how the unexpected details of daily life – a weasel destroying the hen house, a praying mantis climbing the pepper mill – allow us to understand that “the present tense is at once much bigger and messier and also smaller and more precise” than we can imagine. Interrupted sleep, fledgling dreams, clambering children, and several cups of coffee later, we learn, as she has, that, “It’s easy to look at what’s achievable in a day and come up short. But it’s just as easy to underestimate what you can accomplish in a year.” Beautifully written and illustrated, A Field Guide to Now is just that, a guide to living in the present – one I plan to carry with me and return to often.

– Laisha Rosnau, poet and author of Lousy Explorers, Notes on Leaving, and The Sudden Weight of Snow

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A Field Guide To Now is a reference manual for creating an extraordinary life out of ordinary moments. This collection of illustrated essays and field notes explores the tenuous line between survival and thriving; between wanderlust and making a home; between being and becoming; and about how these things inevitably converge in the scarce, haphazard, simple moments of right now. It is both an invitation to create whatever opportunity your heart yearns for, and proof that it is possible. Reinvent the way you engage with the moment and explore the texture of your present tense.

 

Imagine if you could look for the present moment in a field guide, the way you might look up the name of a tree you see outside your window?


For as long as you can remember, the tree has just been a tree. But when you look it up, it becomes something more—a sassafras maybe, or a tulip maple—and suddenly you can feel the way your attention toward it shifts. You recognize the way its pollen gathers fine and yellow in the weft of your bedroom screen in May, or the way its shade freckles the dying grass at the end of summer. In the act of naming it, in discovering its traits and marks, the tree becomes something more to you.


What if you could do this for all the moments that fill your life? That is what this book is about. Begin. Take note. Be right here.

 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Skirt!; First Edition edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762778563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762778560
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #791,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE author writes from her experiences as a mother to her young children. There was a time when this would have appealed to me, but now, as a grandmother living alone, I have limited access to my grandchildren. We are working on improving relationships, but in the meantime, I have been there and done that (what the author talks about) and I was looking for something more relevant to my life. As for the exercises and questions and yes, even the artwork, I found them lacking and hollow.
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I am a sucker for deep, soulful writing, and this book is it! Christina's detailed and intimate writing style is making it hard for me to put the book down. In the book, she not only shares her engaging artwork, but also puts on paper her thoughts on life, writing, mothering, pregnancy, teaching, and noticing the specifics of each moment. I highly recommend this book. One of my favorite quotes so far is as follows, "Maybe your days are already too long, and your dream time too short. This is okay. This is, in fact, what defining a creative practice is all about, especially during times when things feel dark, or bleak, or terribly out of focus. This work is about taking note of what your moments are made of. What they offer, and what they resist." (p. 11)
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This book is heaartwarming, heart-wrenching and inspiring at the same time. It is not only beautifully illustrated by the author, but Rosalie's style of writing mirrors that of a Steinbeck. This book is a piece of art through and through. A MUST READ. You will have the first edition of a book from an author who will go very far in the literary world. Buy it, cry and laugh with it, love it and live it!

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If you love reading words that will spur you to come alive in your own life, you've found a good reference manual and a fantastic story woven in one place and illustrated with whimsey and heart. An inspiring read for those of us yearning to live our lives with intent. Rosalie writes with an accessable ease and inspirational voice. I can't wait to see what's next from this talented author! A Field Guide to Now: Notes on Mindfulness and Life in the Present Tense
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I bought this for myself but decided my daughter who has a 2 year old would like it better. Just didn't appeal to this Grandma!
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With the turn of every page of Christina Rosalie's enlightening book A Field Guide to Now: Notes on Mindfulness and Life in the Present Tense, one may see that the book is a mixed media of the Rosalie's personal translation of what it is like to live in the moment, but to also apply each and every minute to the next moment that will occur. Through the use of a stream of thought style of essay and poetic prose and very colorful illustrations within almost every page, readers are provided visual props that add a dimension to the author's personal experiences. From family, individual, and friendly and challenging encounters, much is provided to the readers of Rosalie's day to day life.

Upon reading the first few chapters, one may think that the book may only appeal to women or anyone that happens to have children and a family. However, that is not the case, and chapter after chapter there is something to take out of Rosalie's experiences, how human connections relate to nature but not in the respect of intense philosophical or religious reflection; her thoughts are much more practical and one where any reader may understand. She suggests this with the interactive format of the book, essays, notes, illustrations, invitations, and the old postcards of the 1960s that she has artistically and creatively reinvented that are interspersed in between essays; emulates the adage of stopping and smelling the roses or seeing the beauty that exists in just about anything, especially old postcards that may have been discarded. But in addition to the artistic display, Rosalie shares her experiences of encouragement, fears, thoughts, uncertainties, and through each of these traits, growth and maturity may happen in one's life.
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This book felt artificially "deep." Didn't get past the third chapter. It was just too sappy for me. Maybe there are just too many books is this genre.
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A beautiful journey through the often turbulent moments in Christina's world, the tender, the dark thoughts, the learning to be ok with who and where you are. The myriad of choices becoming possible futures and their implications on now. Always reminding us about now. A beautifully written book that I read in a day...I couldn't put it down and I truly embraced the happiness now ethos as I explored my own feelings & thoughts sparked by her experiences.
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