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.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

A Break In the Weather

Elk Rapids
District Library
300 Isle of Pines
Elk Rapids, MI 49629

Cloudy, cool, and wet!!! That pretty much sums up May in Michigan this year, and until just this week, it looked like June was going to continue the trend. The lake level at the cottage has risen so much in the past few weeks that part of our dock is now under water, and as far as the temperature goes, May seemed to think it was April, and June was following the trend. At a time when I should have been breaking out the shorts and sandals, I was still turning on the heat in the cottage and wearing my flannel jammies to bed. Don't get me wrong. I love being at the cottage no matter what the weather, but with a steady string of bleak days, my mood was in danger of turning bleak as well. I needed a pick-me-up, and I had the ideal thing in mind. About six months ago, I learned about a great library in northern Michigan and had promised myself that I'd visit it once the cottage season began. Early June turned out to be the perfect time for a trip to the Elk Rapids District Library.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Final Chapter?

Epilogue Books
10 East Bridge Street
Rockford, MI 49341

As you know, I am a retired high school librarian. But I didn't start that career until I was almost 50 years old. I had a variety of careers before that: I worked in office automation support when word processing was in its infancy. I taught English and Interpersonal Communications at a small business college. Later I worked for a major data processing company. It wasn't until 2001 that I began the best career I ever had in a small high school library, a wonderful epilogue to a varied work life. Recently I had the pleasure of meeting a couple embarking on an epilogue career of their own. Last July Pat and Valerie Burkholder opened a bookstore in Rockford, Michigan, less than half an hour from my house. The name of their new shop? Epilogue Books, of course.