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Libraries in Summer

The air is thick and hazy, humidity hanging like a curtain.

I reach into my bag of treasures, make a selection and smile sinking into the coolness of my leather chair.

Air-conditioning blowing, too hot and muggy to be outside.


So much to do, no desire to do it.


Summertime books are calling.

I’m diving right in … you?

“The library in summer is the most wonderful thing because there you get books on any subject and read them each for only as long as they hold your interest, abandoning any that don’t, halfway or a quarter of the way through if you like, and store up all that knowledge in the happy corners of your mind for your own self and not to show off how much you know or spit it back at your teacher on a test paper.”
― Polly Horvath, My One Hundred Adventures

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Sunday thoughts – Resolutions, Squirrels & boxes of joy

It’s Sunday; snow’s falling, brunch is calling and I just remembered I have tomorrow off.  Yippee Skippy!

Chatting with a colleague recently, I used the squirrel analogy ~ never heard of it?   It goes like this:

Make a decision and take what comes with it.   And not deciding is taking action, too.

It’s January and we’re bombarded by “diet” ads on TV, including NukeyourSystem, Weight Counters, you name it.  Radio ads tout  gym memberships and today’s newspaper featured “deals” on “heart healthy” prepacked frozen foods with green (think healthy) packaging.  This picture below made me laugh because it is so much closer to reality:

Lately I’ve tuned out the noise, enjoyed the “off” button on the TV/Radio/iPhone and found myself devouring a box of joy, see below:

“The greatest gift is the passion for reading.
It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites,
it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.”

Elizabeth Hardwick

 * * *

What are you reading?  And did you make any New Years resolutions?


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The quietest of friends

Something’s happened, there’s been a shift again.  I think it started by picking colors for our house and imagining a reading room in my head.  Picturing colors, touching fabrics, something stirred and I found myself opening an already packed box of yet-to-be-read books.

Devoured “Defending Jacob” in 2 nights.

defending jackob

Read 3 Reader’s Digest and 5 Oprah Magazines the next.  Stayed up too late last night reading this:


Books take me back to my prairie childhood;  Mom helped me get a Library card when I was very young, about 7 (I’m sure she had to co-sign for me).    The Bookmobile arriving to our little prairie town was cause for celebration;  Book Fairs made my mouth water.  I’d buy adventure books, books in a series, fact-finding books, anything books.   I still love the smell of a book, and being in a library calms me.


Our bookmobile looked something like this, only older.

I spent my teens reading Stephen King (“It” – gak I hate clowns) and Peter Benchley (Jaws made me think twice about swimming in the lake at night) and Jacqueline Susann (Valley of the Dolls) or Jean M. Auel’s “Clan of the Cave Bear” series.  I devoured my sister’s magazines, Seventeen,  Glamour and Cosmopolitan.

It’s no wonder that when I feel life closing in, I retreat to books.


If I had this, I might never come out!

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ― Charles William Eliot


How about you? Can you relate?  Did your town have a Bookmobile?  What are you reading now?  What does your “dream room” look like?

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A baker’s dozen

Toast and Jam anyone?

Two bloggers inspired this post: they are MJ Monaghan’s and his 27 Possibly Interesting things about me  and Darla’s “about the Maineiac” over at She’s a Maineiac.  Well written and and hilarious, their musings made me laugh out loud and and think long and hard about what I’d choose to share if I did.  And then I did.  For more please consider visiting the links above; I promise it’s worth the read. 🙂

On that note, I give you my Baker’s Dozen:  i.e. 13 pieces not 12.  More about the history of the Baker’s Dozen here.

  1. When I started school I was a left-handed curly-haired little girl;  teachers made me switch to right-handed.  I stuttered then and still do if I’m tired or nervous. I still have curly hair.  Some things cannot be forced out of us.

    I'm glad grand-daughter MJ has my curls & someone in her life who understands them!

  2. Singing in a cover band helped me pay for college. Don’t tell anyone but I would have done it for free.

    rockin the 80s hairdo as the "singer in the band"

  3. Speaking of, most of what I learned there has nothing to do with what I actually know or do.
  4. I hear people.  About a year after my Dad passed, my cousin Kirk died unexpectedly.  Before I “heard” the news, I knew: I was cleaning my closet and heard Dad’s voice (in my right ear) quietly say, “Oh … Kirk’s here.”  And that night, I got the phone call informing me of his death.  It was comforting to have advance notice and to know there’s definitely a welcoming committee upon arrival.

    Thanks for the heads-up, Dad

  5. My eyes used to be blue, but are green now. How does that happen?

    yep .. definitely green now

  6. Breakfast is my favorite meal because 3 of my favorite scents happen then: coffee, toast and bacon. Mm mm.

    .. mouth-watering-goodness .. (

  7. I give great credence to my intuitive self.  The only times I’ve gotten into trouble is when I’ve ignored it.

    ..:: so true ::..

  8. I’m patriotic.  I still think there’s more that’s right with this country than there is wrong.  You can think otherwise if you wish, but I don’t care to debate it.

    A day I'll never forget: the day I became a citizen!

  9. My earliest memories involve animals, especially horses.  Dad used to clean the barns with Tony and Bruce, a team of Belgian draught horses,and he’d let me and my sister climb up and hold onto their neck collars as he drove them. Lumbering to the field on their monstrous shoulders made us feel like we were on top of the world’s highest rocking chairs.

    The famed Budweiser Clydesdales; Imagine being 5 and being up on those shoulders!

  10. As much as I love to talk with and be around others, I also relish being alone and remaining quiet.

    I can find beauty out here

  11. I don’t believe being related gives you the right to be hurtful. My parents always told us “don’t save your best manners for strangers.” There’s nothing admirable about being brutally honest if all someone remembers about you is …..that you were brutal.


  12. The Library is one of my favorite places to visit.  I love the “shhhs,” the smell of the books and all the nooks and crannies in which to hide away and read. I’ll probably never have an e-reader.

    image from

  13. My favorite quote of all time is this one: “To thine own self be true.” Know who you are and own it. And if you don’t know who you are and what you stand for, find out.

    ..:: read it ... learned it ... living it ::..

Will you consider sharing your “Baker’s Dozen” with me?

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