books at stores that sell many things we need – food, water, house supplies – and food for the soul cheerful cards plants and flowers warm places to shop walk and say hello support local businesses in our Sheboygan County where we are home
I still miss bookstores that existed in years gone by. And then I found books in thrift stores, grocery stores, and of course libraries. Blogs and books, online and print, all a blessing. Karl and I went to a few stores this week. Spring flowers and plants are starting to appear. Next time, I will have to look and see where they are grown.
I remember my first published poem, written in high school.
I love to sit and dream of days long past, Of a chubby, brown-haired girl Dressed in checks and stripes, a feather- plumed hat on her head– Sitting in her little doll room Eating a pound of potato chips –laughing–
Published in Parnassus in Print (1971) and The Discerning Poet (2004). Reprinted here on December 27, 2009.
As I thought of the prompt for today, one memory led to another. I often write about the language arts. I remember libraries and also the wonder of owning a few books. Still a wonder. Crayons and crafts, learning to cook, and working at a bakery in high school. In college, at UW-Madison, I worked at a Pizza Hut as a cook and waitress.
A few years ago, I read Becoming Madeleine: a biography of the author of A Wrinkle In Time by her Granddaughters Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Lena Roy (Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers. Copyright 2018 by Crosswicks, Ltd.). You can learn about the book here. It is a unique work, and the design is beautiful. I think I will reread a little today.
Prompt of the day: What is a road trip you would love to take?
I look forward to more drives again here in Sheboygan County, Midwest, USA. When we moved here years ago, I learned how to drive to Mead Public Library in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; and home again, on country roads and streets.
Visiting The Wind: The Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2021, edited by Erin Castaldi, arrived this past week. I look forward to reading and sharing more about the book. The Cover Design is by Tiffany Shaw-Diaz and Erin Castaldi. I always enjoy learning about artists who are new for me from cover art for books and journals.
This is a post from last year: Classic Book (with a different photo this year).
WinterSong: Christmas Readings byMadeleine L’Engle and Luci Shaw is a beautiful book.
The hardcover edition was published in 1996 by Harold Shaw Publishers (Wheaton, Illinois). I also have the paperback version that was published by Regent College Publishing (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada).
WinterSong is a classic now, and I enjoy rereading some selections each year.