Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Peace on Earth

It's one planet. We need to cooperate. We should know that by now. So this is what I wish for this holiday season: peace on earth. And yes, some goodwill along with it.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winter Solstice

It's Winter Solstice.  Everyone, it seems, is looking forward to longer days and warmer days. There is nothing wrong with that, of course, but I would like to see the long nights celebrated, too.  I suppose I am in the minority, but I am grateful for shorter days, for a season that seems to prompt me to look within, to meditate and to dream.  Today marks the shortest day and the longest night, but the season will still have many long, cold nights filled with moon and stars. I know when Spring comes I will be ready for it, but for now: happy Solstice.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The unexpected story

I love all book stores, online and bricks and mortar. I buy books online for convenience and because I can't help myself. It's so easy to see book, buy book. I love e-stores.  But I also love bricks and mortar book stores, especially the independents. You never know what could be on the shelves, books you wouldn't normally think to look for online, unexpected and wonderful stories. I just came back from visiting Wakefield Books in the Wakefield mall in South Kingstown, RI.  They have some copies of "Tiger Lily" and "A Changed World" there, which was my excuse. Not that I needed an excuse, of course.

Book stores at any time of year are a treat but in December, wow!  There are books, of course, books everywhere, but also calendars and bookmarks and wonderful things! You can hold books and admire them, in person, before you buy them. You can listen as the books whisper to you.  I couldn't stay as long as I wanted but I intend to go back, to wander and perhaps find an unexpected story that I must have.

So visit a book store, if you can. If you are passing through South Kingstown, stop in at Wakefield Books.  Yes, go ahead, buy a copy of "Tiger Lily" but also see if there's an unexpected story that you just must have.