THE LITTLE BOOK OF LIFE SKILLS: DEAL WITH DINNER, MANAGE YOUR EMAIL, MAKE A GRACEFUL EXIT, AND 152 OTHER EXPERT TRICKS
Author: Erin Zammett Ruddy
Grand Central Publishing, $20
If you’re feeling a bit slothful during this pandemic, you may want to use the time to teach yourself something to slay the sloth in you. “The Little Book of Life Skills: Deal with Dinner, Manage your Email, Make a Graceful Exit, and 152 Other Expert Tricks” could help you raise your level of personal growth on many topics.
Author Erin Zammett Ruddy introduces people who are experts on many topics. Dowidj, (sic) a renowned stress management expert and meditation teacher, is one of those people. He’ll teach you to release “a toxic person from your thoughts” in order to bring calm into your life along with a good measure of peace. He says you have between 60,000 and 80,000 thoughts going through your head each day. If 30,000 thoughts are devoted to thinking about a person who drives you nuts, Ruddy tells you how to release him or her from your mind.
But the author also has far less lofty goals for you: How to make a simple salad dressing. The secret is do not use Ranch. If you have grains in the salad, they will suck up all the dressing, making the rest of the salad dry.
She might show you, once and for all, how to fold a fitted sheet. (I’m still working on that. My trick is to strip the bed, wash the sheets, and put them back on the bed. Then you never have to fold!) Or how to write a To-Do list you’ll actually do. Or how to reorganize your closet and drawers. Commit to tough love when it comes to discarding things. Have you discovered the quick way to tell which side of your car has the gas tank? Look for a gas icon on your dashboard. An arrow points to the side the tank is on. Genius!
This may sound a lot like what you have read before, perhaps in magazines. But it’s nice to have all these tips in one place – i.e., this book. You may already be doing many of the things suggested, but if you’ve passed many a season in your life, you may find a few more to add to your collection. The book houses more than 150 life skills to play with.
The book is organized into 14 chapters with headings such as Hosting and Guesting, Your Interpersonal Game, Clean Anything, Be Handy, Work Smarter, Have a Productive Workday, Make Chores Easier, etc.
This is a great book for a bride or a young person starting off life in a house or apartment. Or a college dorm. Or put it in a guest bedroom. When you are done reading the book, turn on a “Hoarders” program and be exceedingly glad you aren’t one. P.S. think Stocking Stuffer.
Mims Cushing lives in Ponte Vedra Beach and has written three books.