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Gift from the Sea
by Lindbergh, Anne Morrow
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1. The author wrote these meditations for herself while she was at the beach away from her everyday life. What opportunities does the beach offer any busied travelers who comes?
2. In looking at the Channeled Whelk, Lindbergh looks both outside and inside the shell and comes to what conclusions for women living lives of multiplicity?
3. The Moon Shell is described as solitude, roundness, the moon replete with power, and an island among other things. What lessons are there for the 1950s- 1960s woman as well as for todays woman who examine the core of this shell?
4. Lindbergh uses the word Zerrissenheit or torn-to-pieces-hood a few times in her meditations. What ideas does she give the reader to avoid this?
5. The Double Sunrise shell has two flawless halves with a single hinge making the viewer contemplate the perfection of a pure relationship such as the beginning of a male/female or motherhood relationship. But Lindbergh goes on to say that together aloneness is valid and pure but not permanent. What does she mean by this?
6. The Oyster Bed shell is compared to the middle years of marriage and family. What changes in life remind us of the authors view of the Oyster Bed shell?
7. The Argonauta shell presents an image for women in the second half of life. It suggests freedom in later years. Was Lindberg happy in her Argonauta stage?
8. In the last two chapters, the author looks at how looking at the future, how global awareness and social consciousness sometimes takes away appreciation of the present. Is the newer generation of women happier than those mothers from the 1950s and 1960s?
9. Will you make any changes in your life after reading this book?