Originally I had wanted to review this before the holidays, in the thought that people would want to give it as a Christmas gift, but things sometimes don’t work out as planned. However it isn’t that big of a deal because it turns out the “Well Seasoned: Savoring Life’s Lessons” by Rebecca Webb Wilson is the perfect gift for all seasons. So stay tuned as I clue you in on a great book for you, and probably for lots of people you know.
Rebecca Webb Wilson is a professional nature photographer who has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Swiss Alps part of the Haute Route, and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. She began her professional career as a Pan American World Airways stewardess, did a brief stint as a realtor, then went to law school eventually serving several years as an Assistant United States Attorney. The point I’m trying to make here is that Wilson is a creative, intelligent woman who has, and is still, living an amazing life. That life translates to “Well Seasoned”.
The book is divided into four seasons. Surprising, I know. Wilson discusses how we often draw parallels between the seasons of our environment and the cycles of our life. Traditionally we view spring with birth and childhood, summer with adulthood, fall with maturity, and then winter with decline of the elderly. But she comments that this isn’t necessarily based in reality. That for many, the later years of life are a time of rebirth thanks to retirement. New careers are started. Educations are continued. New passions are discovered, or old passions are pursued once again. That could make those years spring time. Suddenly the seasonal metaphor is all kinds of exciting and up for grabs.
With that in mind, Wilson starts us off at summer and childhood. From there it’s autumn, winter, and spring. Each chapter shares her personal insights, reflective poetry, and the lessons learned in each season. And of course, beautiful photos.
Rebecca Webb Wilson has crafted a book of wisdom that can speak to new parents, recent retirees, graduates, and anyone else looking for a different perspective on a new phase of their life.
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