Category Archives: Books and Stuff Like That

Missing SMB

First, a confession: I am a book collector and assess bookshops with a jaundiced eye. I’ve been in every variety of bookstore from the well-heeled, inefficiently designed rare book shop that is a book shy designer’s idea of a library, … Continue reading

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Fairy Tales Can Come True (Even If Only For Awhile)

Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you If you’re young at heart. Young at Heart, Johnny Richards and Carolyn Leigh Once upon a time, probably in the early 1990s, I walked into a small bookshop in Seattle … Continue reading

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A Passion For Retirement

And chances are, like me You want to slow down too, I can tell Take on fewer things, fewer things to do And do them well Maybe that’s the key to set us free Maybe that’s the key to the … Continue reading

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The Worth of New Friends

“If you are at the moment struggling with a book, what you should ask your self is, Do I really care about this particular set of characters, this thing that I am doing?  If you do, then nothing should deter … Continue reading

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A Mug’s Game

I’ve been writing for some time, and just looked up to find that it has started to snow.  So far, the snowfall is light and none of it is sticking, but the weathermen have been spreading rumors that we might have up to 5″ of snow before the … Continue reading

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Dreaming of Books, Old Ladies, and Cows

I have always loved books, both for their content and for their form.  The same is true of my wife, Helen.  As a consequence, the Farm is home to far more volumes than sanity might suggest is prudent.  Most of them are plain and … Continue reading

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Letters! We get letters!

I’ve just finished reading The Selected Letters of Wallace Stegner (Page Stegner, Ed.) and have begun reading The Selected Letters of Willa Cather (Andrew Jewell and Janis Stout, Eds.).  I have several other collections of letters – those of J. R. R. … Continue reading

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The Password to Neverland Retrieved

In my little town I never meant nothin’ I was just my father’s son Saving my money Dreaming of glory Twitching like a finger On the trigger of a gun Leaving nothing but the dead and dying Back in my … Continue reading

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Albert and Me

I confess that I am a bibliophile: I collect books. All kinds of books. And I collect them in a fashion that drives many rare book dealers crazy because I buy what I want to read, thereby providing many of … Continue reading

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