Tag: Used Books

books at stores

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.

Photo by Mahajoy Paul on Pexels.com

Books

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.

Floral Card is courtesy of Free Vintage Art.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poem and Photos

a small card
in a devotional book
from a thrift store

words of encouragement
from one person to another

I keep the card with the book
and its history today
and tomorrow

From my site, Poems From Psalms And Nature

Used books sometimes bring personal notes with them, or simply the name of the person who owned the book. I also like how a book that once belonged to a library has that history. Perhaps a book was discarded/sold to make room on the shelves, and had not been borrowed for a time. Now the book continues its journey in another way.

Ellen Grace Olinger

These are photos by Karl, from last summer.

Sheboygan Interurban Trail
July, 2018