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You Learn by Living

You Learn By Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life

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You Learn By Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life was written by Eleanor Roosevelt and published in the 1960s as an answer to questions she received in the mail. After watching Ken Burn’s The Roosevelts, I realized why Eleanor was so admired as a public figure, and why her wisdom was much sought.

In You Learn By Living, Eleanor covers a lot of ground. Her 11 keys to a more fulfilling life include learning to learn, fear – the great enemy, the uses of time, the difficult art of maturity, readjustment is endless, learning to be useful, the right to be an individual, how to get the best out of people, facing responsibility, how everyone can take part in politics, and learning to be a public servant.

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The Lost Art of Dress

The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish

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Last Fall, I heard a very interesting interview with Linda Przybyszewski on NPR regarding her recent book, The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish. The subject matter – the one-time rules and rewards of fashion – though of historical note in the book, remains of utmost importance today if you plan to invest time and resources in sewing garments that you hope will both enhance your appearance and stand the test of time in your closet. The author is also currently a professor at the University of Notre Dame, my alma mater, and I figured if I couldn’t presently walk across the quad to sneak into her class, I could still read her book. And it was wonderful.

The Lost Art of Dress chronicles the contributions to home economics education of a group of women known as The Dress Doctors. These knowledgeable, savvy women made great contributions in the fields of science, art and beyond, furthering the advancement of women in education and life in general at a time of disparate opportunity. Przybyszewski writes with passion and humor about the days when there were established rules guiding how we dressed, what types of clothing and accessories flattered various figures, and the fact that practicality in clothing choice should be a primary consideration. I thoroughly enjoyed the book; it was intellectual and engaging. I found it hopeful in a time of “anything goes”, delightfully entertaining, and completely relevant to the current fashion scene.

I liked it so much, in fact, that I emailed “Professor Pski” as she calls herself, to say thanks. She responded graciously, as you would expect based on her writings, and she included a promotional PDF that is a really nice introduction to the book which she said I could share with my friends and my book club. And that includes you! So I am attaching it here as a download, but I thoroughly recommend the whole book. You should be able to get it from your library, as I did, though I absolutely plan to buy a copy at some point since it was definitely a keeper.

Read the author’s PDF teaser for the book here.