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.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Perks of an Electrical Co-op

Chad Pastotnik with his linotype machine
Deep Wood Press
P.O. Box 726
121 Doerr Road
Mancelona, MI 49659
231-587-0506

You never know where or how good fortune might come your way. You just have to be ready to accept it when it does. Who would have thought, for instance, that being part of an electrical co-op could lead to one of the most engaging and memorable book adventures I have enjoyed to date. Allow me to elaborate. Our electrical service at the cottage in Baldwin comes from the Great Lakes Energy Cooperative, and as part of that organization, we receive each month a copy of Michigan Country Lines, a brief publication featuring news about the energy industry, electrical safety, energy-saving tips, GLE business information and the like. I enjoy thumbing through the magazine stopping to read in more detail the recipes that are a regular feature, and occasionally an article of local interest will capture my curiosity. Browsing this past October's edition, I found myself riveted by one such article, Michigan's Bookmaker, about Chad Pastotnik, creator of literary beauty the handcrafted way.