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.

Friday, August 18, 2017

@Your Sparty Library

What do the gals do when their men have gone away for a guys weekend? Well, if you're three intelligent, book-loving nerdy types, you go to the library, of course. Specifically the Michigan State University library in East Lansing. Apologies to my Wolverine friends, but I am a Spartan at heart. I follow their football team. And the basketball team. Tom Izzo is my favorite coach ever. I even hung a “Sparty @ Your Library” poster in the high school library where I worked. I took it with me and hung it up at home when I retired. I never actually attended MSU, but I lived vicariously through my son while he was in graduate school there.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Very Special Writer

Robert Redd--March 14, 1926-August 2, 2017
I'd like to take a moment to post a few lines about a writer near and dear to me, my father-in-law, Robert Redd, Bob to most people. He moved on to another blogosphere last week at the age of 91. 

Like me, he didn't take up writing until later in life after having successful careers in industrial engineering and accounting. When he retired as a partner from a storied career at BDO Seidman, he finally got around to writing. 

His book Achievers Never Quit provides a guide to opportunities that life after retirement offers and was utilized by companies like Weyerhaeuser, Amway, and AT&T in educating their retiring employees. Whimsy, Wit, and Wisdom provided a lighthearted look at the stresses of retirement on marriage. Always the dramatist, Bob later penned books designed for senior theater, writing several collections of skits based on his life experiences. Senior centers around the country are still making use of his scripts today. He also wrote a resource book on writing, Synaps-cercise, Exercise Your Brain. This workbook includes humorous writings as well as exercises to help improve creativity and thinking.

Bob led a full and interesting life. There was never a dull moment with him around. He was a son, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a golfer, an artist, a sculptor, and an avid collector of antiques. And yes, he was an author. He will be missed.  

Shameless plug that Bob would appreciate: You can still buy the senior theater publications online at: seniortheatre.com.