cool crumbs

Cool Crumbs are books, documentaries, movies, articles — anything that gives us that “buzzy” feeling and says “Pay attention. This is good stuff!” Our hope is that some of our picks will resonate with you as well. What are some of your Cool Crumbs? We’d love to hear about them!

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

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I’ve always loved children’s literature. I never grew out of it. There is something irresistible about the way the illustrations, the stories, and the lessons are weaved together, transporting us into a world that feels safe and often magical. I came across Miss Rumphius in the early 90s. My Aunt Ellie gave it to my daughter, Chloe, as a birthday gift. Chloe was a toddler at the time, but at bedtime, she requested it often. Although she may not have understood all the words, the illustrations and the joy I felt reading it to her must have been contagious.

Miss Rumphius is the story of a little girl named Alice who wanted to do three things: travel the world, live by the sea, and finally, as her grandfather instructed, “You must make the world more beautiful.” As a little girl, Alice was not sure how she would make the world more beautiful. As she grew older and had the benefit of many adventures, it came to her. Not only is this a lovely, engaging story, but the illustrations are beautiful. As Chloe learned to read, this remained one of her favorite books.

Over the years I have bought countless copies of this book to give to expectant mothers or for a child’s birthday. I can’t think of a more important lesson than to teach our children to leave the world more beautiful than they found it. This could mean cultivating amazing gardens or cultivating wonderful relationships. I’m sure there are endless ways to this, but the point is to open a child’s mind to the possibilities. I’m challenging myself to find ways to leave a beautiful legacy. I invite you to do the same. And if you go into a book store, give yourself a treat. Take five minutes to sit, read, and really take in what this book is offering: a love of adventure, a desire to connect with people and nature and a commitment to making your little piece of the world a better place. — Carol Campos

Ask Your Guides by Sonia Choquette

Ask Your Guides book cover

In early 2012, shortly before my long-term relationship ended, I read Ask Your Guides. I don’t quite know how I got my hands on the book, but it helped me through a very rough time. I was feeling very alone despite the fact that I didn’t live alone. I think my ex-husband was threatened by my new interest in all this “New Age stuff.” Only he didn’t say “stuff.” But I get it. The unknown is scary for people. Ask Your Guides confirmed what I instinctually knew: I had Divine help right there waiting for me if I was willing to get quiet and listen. Sonia Choquette, who also wrote the best-seller, Trust Your Vibes, which I also own, is a self-described sixth-sensory spiritual teacher, speaker and author. In Ask Your Guides, Sonia details the various types of Guides that come to our aid and the best way to communicate with each of them. From Healer Guides to Joy Guides, the reader learns the many ways in which Guides help us and what their energy feels like. When we are able to connect with these Divine Beings, our lives can become so much easier. I have read many of Sonia’s books, have had two readings with her, and have met her in person. She’s the real deal. If you’re feeling alone or life feels hard (or is you’re just plain curious!), this is a fun and interesting read.— Carol Campos

The Divine Matrix by Gregg Braden

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I’ve always been a little “out there” in my beliefs according to mainstream Western society, which is why I was so happy to come across The Divine Matrix by the brilliant Gregg Braden. The list of things this man has accomplished is too long to write so I urge you to Google him. But I will say that he is a New York Times best-selling author and also a 2018 nominee for the Templeton Award. This award is bestowed on ”outstanding individuals who have devoted their talents to expanding our vision of human purpose and ultimate reality.” I guess what I’m saying is, he’s no slouch. The Divine Matrix takes the “woo woo factor” out of the belief that there is a field connecting everything and everyone. Gregg Braden states, ”In the Divine Matrix, we are the container within which all things exist, the bridge between the creations of our inner and outer worlds, and the mirror that shows us what we have created.” He goes on to say, “In the Divine Matrix, you are the seed of the miracle, as well as the miracle itself.” Whoa, right?!! If you’re like me, and you have people in your life who are skeptics when it comes to the existence of a “Divine Matrix,” recommend this book. But first, read it yourself. I’m not in the business of trying to convince anyone of my beliefs, but I love it when people are at least open to learning or hearing about a new point of view, or a new paradigm. Gregg Braden takes a challenging subject and makes it easy to understand through the use of real-life stories and breaking down real scientific experiments. It’s a book that truly makes you think about the bigger picture. — Carol Campos

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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As I mentioned in my first blog post, the popular and much-loved book, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, is a Divine Breadcrumb that was placed in my path by my Mom. She knew I was having a rough time and thought it might help. It did. This book caused me to feel an array of emotions from envy (and I am ashamed to admit, sometimes downright jealousy), to joy and gratitude. The envy I felt was two-fold. First, as crazy as it sounds, I became envious as she described the pivotal scene where she is on her bathroom floor crying and asking God for help (that’s not the part I was envious about, but bear with me). I believe she received a message from her Higher Self that night — the wiser, non-human part of Elizabeth Gilbert. It was the Divine Breadcrumb she needed. It was what I needed in my life at the time. Second, I was envious that she was able to travel to exciting and beautiful locales such as Italy, India and Indonesia. Seriously, how cool is THAT?! I lived vicariously through her adventures for the duration of the book. Ultimately, this book helped me to look at life in a new way. I could now see possibilities that I was blind to before. Life doesn’t have to be a 50-hour work week in an office (unless of course that’s your thing). Sometimes relationships don’t last, no matter how much love and work you put in. I also learned to be more open to adventures, new people, new places, new Divine Breadcrumbs. As with all Divine Breadcrumbs, I consider this book a gift. — Carol Campos