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Sweet And Simple

"As for the actual physical components of a home, they can be very simple. It is how they are put together that gives them charm. Color, for instance, is not expensive. A room can be warm with daffodil yellow, or cool and quiet with apple green, or poetic with blue, whether the curtains be cotton or satin. It is much better, it seems to me, to make something of what we have and can afford, than to yearn for something more expensive and fashionable."

A Stillmeadow Scrapbook

About ten years ago, a serious effort was underway to save the land around Stillmeadow from development. One of the 'thank you gifts' for donating a certain amount of money was a large black & white photo of Stillmeadow, taken by Jill in 1945. I have that framed and hanging here in my reading/writing/computer room.

Another gift was a copy of A Stillmeadow Scrapbook, a little spiral-bound booklet that Gladys's family put together. The photos in it include one of Gladys as a young adult, her wedding picture, her parents' wedding picture (her mother had a very impressive dress!), and others. I love the 'before and after' pics of Stillmeadow; it really does look more than a little dilapidated in the first one, and perfectly lovely in the second.

Besides the photos, the booklet includes some of Gladys's previously unpublished writings, and some little-known pieces that appeared here and there. A a review of one of her daughter's books, a finished column, a Cape Cod log kept one summer by her and her guests, the draft of an introduction to a book (that has never been finished or published) of her letters, and assorted letters themselves. The love letters at the end (to and from her) are perhaps the most touching.

I enjoyed this little book, as reading something 'new' from Gladys is always a treat.

Faith Baldwin writes about Gladys Taber

As I mentioned in another entry, I have quite a few of the books that Gladys's friend, Faith Baldwin, wrote. I'm going to post some of the things Faith wrote about Gladys in her books. She mentions her frequently, so I'll just post a few things that are more than a word or two. As I run across them, I'll just add to this entry rather than starting another. So if this interests you, keep checking back!

From Testament of Trust...

~~Often, when old family problems increase or new ones spring up, like dandelions in May, I don't, as Gladys Taber says, know which way is from me.

~~Nowadays, my yachting, so to speak, has been confined to watching boats when I'm on Cape Cod, or going on a day's fishing trip, or admiring the way Gladys Taber paddles a canoe.

~~Then, of course, I think of Gladys and Eleanor whose house has always been open to me. Eleanor went away last January, but so strong was the impact of this gentle, quiet, rock-firm, understanding woman upon everyone who knew her that, for us, she has just gone next door. We are the poorer for her going, Heaven, the richer. And nothing is ever really lost, no valid friendship and love.


I'm so glad to have found this community thanks to iheartcountry. Gladys Taber and her stories of Stillmeadow and Cape Cod have been favorites of mine since I first read her Butternut Wisdom column in Family Circle magazine in the 1960s. I have collected many of her books and often reread them. There is something so peaceful about her approach to life and her appreciation of simple things that mean the most. I look forward to sharing favorite passages, book collections and other joys of Gladys Taber's Stillmeadow.
 "But housekeeping is fun, and I think the women who hate it lack imagination. It is one job where you enjoy the results right along as you work. You may work all day washing and ironing, but at night you have the delicious feelingof sunny clean sheets and airy pillows to lie on. If you clean, you sit down at nightfall with the house shiningand faintly smelling of wax, all yours to enjoy right then and there.
And if you cook---ah, if you cook---that creation you lift from the
oven goes right to the table."

~~Gladys Taber, Stillmeadow Seasons~~

I don't know if I can get behind Gladys first sentence part B. But, I sure like the rest of her comments. 
It started me to wonder, do any of you have any of Gladys' recipes?  I have yet to purchase one of her cookbooks. 


I'm Libby and I have been a fan of Stillmeadow for a very long time.
I see that this community has been dormant for quite some time. That's a shame, because Gladys Taber was one of the most inspirational authors when it came to promoting a simple yet productive lifestyle.
She made small things interesting. When she wrote about her milk glass collection I could see it clearly. I could hear the clicking of her dogs nails as they ran across the rooms. Who wouldn't like to have a friend like Jill who could repair almost anything.

So, where did you all go?

A Fresh Start for the New Year

Nowadays I seldom hear people discussing New Year's resolutions. It may be that with the world as it is, a year seems too long a span to consider. Or it may be that time moves so fast that aside from the emotion of New Year's Eve, we just find one year no different than another. --The Stillmeadow Road

My feeling is that people still discuss and make resolutions, but they go about it the wrong way. The resolutions are too negative, too restrictive, too boring, maybe? I don't really call them resolutions, per se; the word alone seems to signal defeat in some way. I look at them as goals or plans or ideas for the new year. And this year, mine are...

1) Read more books than last year, and keep more interesting records; at least half of the books I read must be ones I already own as of today.
2) Do more craft projects! No specifics, can be almost anything.
3) Be more consistent about updating my LJ and work on keeping some sort of paper journal.
4) Continue healthy eating choices to lose the last 10-15 pounds I should, and maintain that.
5) Be more active on my communities and groups.

#5 is the one that directly involves this community. Now that I have a new and WORKING computer (thank you, Santa!), I am going to make a real effort to post more to this group. I think that there's a need for it, and it has frustrated me that I was not able to do much with it. I'm going to work harder at sharing things on this group and others I belong to or moderate, and posting more regularly. Please feel free to join in if you'd like, or not. Participate in any way you like.

Happy New Year to everyone!

From Stillmeadow Daybook

The mind makes many journeys, but the heart stays home.

From Country Chronicle

I then felt the basic strength of the people in our whole country more than I ever had. I remembered tornado victims, flood victims, hurricane victims in past years who seemed able to pick up and go on, just because they always had. I am glad that with all the disastrous events going on, I can find that I have faith in my country because of this single quality, if for no other reason.

From Amber, a Very Personal Cat

Her amber eyes
Regard me steadfastly
With the grave wisdom of long ages past.
I am bewildered by their mystery
Too infinite to realize.

But suddenly I find I hold a kitten here,
Purring a love song in my ear.