Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Win-a-book-Wednesday: "Ceremonies of the Seasons" by Jennifer Cole

We're back after a week's hiatus!

First things first, the winner of our last offering--Feisty First Ladies by Autumn Stephens--is Stacie. Also, the winner of the never-claimed Huffington Post Guide to Blogging by the editors of The Huffington Post is Professor Tracey. Congratulations! E-mail your address to and I will send your book via USPS Media Mail. Winners are invited to write a review of their book for this blog.

Didn't win this time? Check the right-hand column of the blog for a link to purchase this book and other media (books, music, etc.) mentioned on What Tami Said. Your purchases help support this blog.

Secondly, I have to announce that Mr. What Tami Said is heretofore to be referred to as Best Husband in the World, because this weekend he surprised me with an Amazon Kindle. Squeee! My baby knows and abets his wife's areas of geekitute--technology and books. Of course, it could be that he figures if I own an e-reader he won't have to step over so many piles of books and magazines. Hmmmm...

Now, down to business, this week's book is a new copy of "Ceremonies of the Seasons" by Jennifer Cole ($17.95 Duncan Baird). Perfect reading now that spring is, uh, springing.

Nature lovers will delight in this opulent handbook and its unique blend of ritual, meditation, and symbolism. Superimposing the solstices and equinoxes on the landmark events in the farmer’s year, it divides the calendar into eight ancient seasonal segments: each segment features an image of the relevant sector of the Wheel of the Year, annotated with insight into key dates and festivals such as Easter or All Souls’ Night. Throughout, we get background on symbols, myths, and ceremonies from across the globe, along with suggestions for how we, too, can celebrate that phase of the natural cycle. Rich in artwork to savor and use, this year-long companion presents an enjoyable program of exercises and ideas for making a brief escape from the pressures of modern life. Read more...
The book is "A glorious, richly informative celebration of the traditional rituals that lie behind the calendar as we know it--including Celtic feast-days, Christian holy days, Indian festivals and much more."

You know the drill...

Enter to win this book by participating in this open thread by Monday, March 16. All names attached to this thread will be entered into a random drawing. The winner will be announced next Wednesday. The winner of the book is invited to post a review on What Tami Said. Good luck!


Sassy J said...

Hi Tami! This looks like a very interesting book. I have been fairly interested in how the seasons affect mood and eating and habit and so forth. As a young girl, I was fascinated with SAD syndrome and how I was sooo much more happier when spring and summer came! Okay, fascination isn't the right word, but it was such an interesting concept. I have a "healing" spirit, and my aunt and I were always the ones in the family promoting herbs, raw veggies, and no-meat at thanksgiving (at which my grandmother promptly vetoed!)

virginia said...

Hi Tami,
I wanted to let you know I received my book and it is fantastic. The timeline line needs to be sold as a poster for every school in America!

How's the Kindle? I am hesitant to take the plunge, but it looks pretty groovy.

thanks again,



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