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Book Reading: Mimi Morton Buckley Reads from The Road Home: A Letter to My Children, CC 9/6

Friday, September 6, 2013, 7:30 pm
Conference Center, 308 Page Street [directions]

Books and prints of the book's illustrations available
All proceeds benefit San Francisco Zen Center and Zen Hospice

In The Road Home, Mimi Morton Buckley invites readers to explore the meaning of home and what makes it so. Written as a letter to her children, it offers a fresh perspective on the everyday activities inherent in the life of a householder:

Householding as a spiritual path gives meaning and depth to the art of homemaking, whose importance as a foundation for happiness is undervalued and often goes unseen. It would appear that homemaking has become another cultural casualty, one easily added to the endangered species list of our world. I want to share these stories with you so that we can all remember how valuable a resource it is.

Delivered as a spacious alternative to the often bleak stereotypes of marriage, birth, childrearing, teenagers, the empty nest, and dying, we understand householding as a practice that offers an endless opportunity to cultivate meaningful connection and the feeling of being at home within ourselves, wherever that may be.

Illustrator Aya Morton was inspired by the plants, food, baskets, blankets, deities, teapots and animal inhabitants of the Buckley home. "My hope was to reflect the beauty in the everyday objects and their surroundings," says Morton.

The feeling of home is quite simply the one underlying experience I know that can include birth, death, dinner, and enlightenment all in one breath.
—Mimi Morton Buckley