On the weekends, I enjoy BookTV on C-SPAN2. “Television for Serious Readers.” Sometimes I listen to a panel discussion, an interview with an author, and every so often there is live coverage of a book festival. The discussion may well be about a subject or topic that is not part of my daily life. I like hearing the vocabulary and learning something new. Many voices, from many places. And I am interested in the creative process and how much we have in common.
I know when I write here, that Lake Michigan is a Great Lake unique to our region. Yet the earth, water, and sky are universal. My mother taught English literature and spoke of “the human condition.” We watched many programs. Through blogs, I know more about seasons and gardens in other places near and far, in terms of geography.
Libraries are wonderful places. I always feel at home at a library, and they do so much good for communities. More good books than I can read, and BookTV helps me learn a little more. Blogs as well – all the wonderful posts.
I look at my shelves and think, “I love my books.” They are not perfectly organized, rather I make different arrangements here and there. I bought more used books at Goodwill in Sheboygan this week. And we have bought used books at the libraries in Sheboygan, Oostburg, and Cedar Grove. I enjoy reading and learning from different generations and styles of writing. Not necessary to always finish – not taking a test or teaching a class about the content. When my formal education years were complete, I had to learn how to read again, in a simple way.
When I search for used books on Amazon, I often look for books that had been in a library somewhere. I like seeing where the books have been.
And on a general note, how wonderful to have interests that can span a lifetime. I am not a math or science person, though cannot remember learning how to read. During my mother’s last illness, we kept books, newspapers, and magazines in her world. Just their physical presence was a comfort. And I read to her.
Books and blogs – gardens and flowers – so many blessings every day! Vintage art too.
I received the new WestWard Quarterly, The Magazine of Family Reading (Spring 2019). Shirley Anne Leonard is the Editor, and Dr. Richard Leonard is the Publisher. They kindly published the small ad Karl and I wrote for this blog. We invite readers of WestWard Quarterly to visit.
These are a few of my poems from WestWard Quarterly, that were published there over the years. This is a print magazine, with a website.
leaves of bleeding hearts now gold so do broken hearts mend so does grief heal Autumn grace
(also published by Bell’s Letters Poet and SMILE)
Monday and planning the week what will grow what should rest
reading in a sunny corner of the house I could be any age