About This Blog

Don't get me wrong. It's not that I'm not on board with the whole ebook thing. I enjoy books in all their formats. But there is nothing quite like a bookstore with its neatly arranged shelves of books and artfully created displays of new arrivals, best sellers, and suggested reading. I especially enjoy discovering small, independent bookstores and have made it my mission to visit and report back on as many of these gems as I can. That is my focus, but there is really nothing that is off limits as long as it is about books or reading. Hope you enjoy my blog and come back often.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Remarkable Woman, A Remarkable Place

Gwen Frostic Prints
5140 River Road
PO Box 300
Benzonia, MI 49616

My aim is to bring you the wind in the trees or the very first violet of spring, a bit of serenity that exists in this world. I hope after reading or hearing the news at the end of the day, you may feel that loveliness is still of this world. Man must live with nature and cannot separate himself from it . . . he is an integral part of the whole.
Gwen Frostic

In a densely wooded area near the small town of Benzonia in northern Michigan, off the beaten path, lies a most unique shop. It is the print shop of naturalist, poet, philosopher, and artist, Gwen Frostic. The artist is no longer with us, but her spirit and work live on in this amazing structure, a place I was thrilled to visit this past July.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Words of Wisdom

I recently enjoyed a pleasant drive to the northern Michigan city of Cadillac. This scenic tourist town was actually the site of a very early blog post I wrote four years ago. Quite by coincidence I happened past the local public library, and when I noticed a quote prominently featured on the front of the building, I had to turn my car around to take a picture. This is worth sharing.

I have great respect for Albert Einstein even though, or maybe because, I can't come close to comprehending his work. The librarian in me certainly likes his way of thinking. This is what knowledge and education are all about.

What an impressive location this is for a library. Look closely at the reflection in the windows, and you will see beautiful Lake Cadillac across the street. Kudos to the Cadillac library. It was closed when I passed by, but I think a future visit is likely.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Tip of the Mitt, Part IV

Purple Tree Books
334 North Main Street
Cheboygan, MI 49721

Purple is my favorite color. What's not to love about the royal color, the product of a union of red and blue, two perfectly respectable colors in their own right. The color of mystery, magic, eggplants, and amethysts, majestic purple was worn by ancient rulers and Roman Catholic bishops. I must not be alone in my love of the color. There is even a purple Web page. Literally! (purple.com) And a purple store, which as you probably guessed, sells nothing but purple items. (thepurplestore.com) You can imagine how excited I was to discover a bookstore with a special association to this lovely color. More about purple later. First, let me introduce you to Purple Tree Books.