Thursday, February 12, 2015

Book Lover Confessional:

Oh My... what you have not read this book

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Yes,  I am not sure how I have never read this book.  But somehow I have never read it.  I think it is strange, that in my 600 plus books that I have read in my life time, I never read to Kill a Mockingbird.   I think one of the reasons is that I often don't like books that have a lot of media around them.   My goal:  To read -  To Kill a Mockingbird before the release of the second book in this series, that will be released really really soon. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Last American Bookstore Hunt

Magers and Quinn Booksellers
The Twin Cities' largest independent book store

3038 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis
(612) 822-4611 or toll-free at (866) 912-6657

Open Sunday-Thursday: 10:00am-10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 10:00am-11:00pm

Review: Awesome store.   I only stepped into the history section as it was my first quest.   I found two books : 38 Nooses Lincoln Little Crow and the Beginning of the Fronteir's End.   by Scott W. Berg. Also got The West The Railroads Made by Carlos A. Schwantes and James P. Ronta.   The store was awesome and I had to quickly get out, or I would have spent more than I could afford.   I also went by Louis Erdrich's Birch Bark Store.  I can't wait to get a chance to check the store next time I am in Minnesota.

The Last Bookstores in America stand tall and refuse to bend to the effects of digital publishing....

Monday, February 9, 2015

Cat Haikus

Oliver, stretches out
and over my inked notebook.
Pay attention to ME!

To Read, and to Read Again.... Brideshead Revisited.

I read, Brideshead Revisited, three years ago... I will be re-reading it for my Discussion at the E book group.  What do I think of reading books twice.   I think there are so many books out there and there is a limited time to read millions of books.  So my answer is in part an answer to the question, "What is the value of a book?"  If books are only for ideas and gathering up of ideas than re-reading is a waste of time.   However, I believe that certain books should be owned as touch-stones in the story that we read into our lives.     I hope I enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed it last time, and I can add it to my wall of well read books.

The first time I read this book it was a beauty to me... so I wrote a poem to its impression:


Brideshead Revisited is like an Avalanche!

Some parts so Edenic,
 .Before the fall!
And other places so cruel and cold,
Taking your heart,
Bitter like horseradish next to Filet Mignon and crab.

And the veil is ripped.
The great big square
In the country,
Is your original home.
Young and bright.
Almost nobody comes to visit anymore.
Or even tries to write...
to loved ones lost long ago.

Cold and cruel,
It looks like
You should return-but then
Time pasts through your
leaving only a scent.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Haiku: Spring and Cats 3

Black cat hides
from the twirling pink skate
pushed by School-Girl.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

New Haiku's?

Spring Two: 

Oliver, the cat, jumps at me
snarling to get my interest for his
shy and hungry friend, Smough
time to buy meow mix; (bits?).

Spring One

Up from my deathly flu,
 I returned my Facebook world,
greeted by my cat Smoug.

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