Sliced Bread - Notes from a Baker's Rebel Daughter - by Rosemary Phillips


"Sliced Bread" - by Rosemary Phillips


About "Sliced Bread"
Book Review of "Sliced Bread"

Sliced Bread - a Book by Rosemary Phillips
Sliced Bread
by Rosemary Phillips
About "Sliced Bread"
"Sliced Bread” is a metaphor for life. It is not a cookbook – for the kitchen that is – I have been known to burn boiled eggs and potatoes - frequently. It is a series of biographical and autobiographical stories based on people and events in my life, in slices and bites (see A Bite of Sliced Bread for a taste).

“My teachers in life are many and have appeared, can appear, and will appear, in the most unexpected situations."

“Sliced Bread” touches on the normal, the paranormal and metaphysical, and on those questions of life that stretch us in our thinking, with a voice that is both serious and tongue in cheek.

I can not give advice on how another must live their life, for I have not walked in their shoes. What I can give are slices from my own life – sharing what I have experienced, the lessons I have learned, and the influences I have received from so many who have touched me in one way or another.

I was reading your book Sliced Bread while sitting in bed. I laughed so hard I had to change my pyjamas. - Anonymous Review

You will read about my grandfather Ernest, the inventor and alcoholic, who once had the great idea in the 1920’s to design a machine that would slice bread, and later the idea that foam rubber could be used in furniture instead of horse hair.

You will also read about Paul Horn, the grandfather of New Age music and how his spiritual journey led him to India and the first Inside recording – Inside the Taj Mahal. Ann Mortifee, Canadian singer/songwriter shares her story on how her life went through an amazing shift as she “quit” for three years. Then there’s the blue-eyed drunk at the Loonie Koop (otherwise known as the Kootenay Loop bus exchange in Vancouver) and how he had such insight to zero in on one of the most important questions in life, “D’ja know the ansher?”

All the stories are woven together with a thread. Enjoy humour with “Infinity at the outhouse” or the “Condom complaints department,” and at the expense of Alex Trebek in “Doors”. There’s introspection with “The end of the road to Skye,” and “The cycle continues.” There’s deep sharing with “Two friends died one day.” And the exciting story, “Whales and dolphins” about dreams and communications with the other side of life.

There is joy to share and laughter to spread like butter and honey on a slice of bread.

When we describe something new, unique, profound and ingenious we often say, “It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.” Well here it is – “Sliced Bread”.


Book Review of "Sliced Bread"

For the Nanaimo Daily News, Dec. 3, 1999
By Melissa Walker

This autobiographical (and biographical) selection of stories, at a spare and concise one-hundred-and-seventy-five pages offers a diverting read as much for those of an intensely private nature as for people who are extroverted explorers of humanity. The author, Rosemary Phillips, a seasoned writer and traveller, who has chosen Nanaimo as her present home, presents the eclectic “Sliced Bread” as her first solo book.

The author’s exploration of places located in the physical, spiritual and emotional realm is described with great candour inviting us to share in events that have moulded her life. Her voice is clear and direct, even while describing situations more complex than the words on the page indicate at first glance. As bread is profoundly her metaphor for life, each chapter is a successive slice from the loaf and soon it becomes evident that Rosemary Phillips’ life is far from fibre-less, processed white bread.

She relates her physical travels beginning as a youth, with her family’s emigration from England to Canada and continues the journey throughout adulthood, always seeking and questioning the status quo, in a way that many of us have forgotten or never known. The manner in which the author restlessly ferrets out deeper meaning, instead of settling for what easily lies on the surface, is refreshing. She illuminates the familiar and transcends the ordinary experiences of daily life. Sharing with her readers battles both intensely spiritual, as well as spirited and intense, she compels contemplation of the slices from her bread of life. In fact, a considerable chewing over of every morsel is required in order to be fully savoured.

Whether searching out teapots as a researcher for CBC, taking in a concert in the company of Welsh bell-ringers, or getting to know her grandfather after his death, nothing is taken for granted. Compromise or complacency seem to be unknown elements in the author’s varied life as a skilled writer, guerrilla interior designer, studio veteran, spiritual healer and book seller, to name a few of her parts. The incredible circumstances and chains of coincidences that appear to further leaven her experiences, as well as her philosophical, beyond-the-box approach to life, make “Sliced Bread” definite food for thought.

- 1999 - Melissa Walker was a member of the Federation of B.C. Writers


The book is Out of Print. It is being revised and awaiting republication in paperback and E-book format.



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