Quest. Remember looking for a certain book? I’m talking pre-google, search engines?
Out dad would scour used book stores and stalls for books he wanted for himself or one of us kids. He was always searching for another copy of In Clean Hay to read at Christmas. Nowadays you type a title or author in a narrow white box, press search and voila….options, usually in a few seconds.
An actual physical search can be incredibly satisfying cause chances are you will see another title or volume as you sift through shelves in a cool used book store.
That’s what happened when I found a Peter Spier book from my kids childhood on a upstairs shelf.
Old Inlet Bookshop in Homer, Alaska is such a place. We went there after our Thai lunch in the mermaid themed cafe attached to the bookshop
Meet Andy Wills. Third generation bookseller.
I don’t know how many books he has in his bookshop but if you are looking for something, he knows where it is. You don’t have to go to Homer, Alaska though You can email him books(at)ak(dot)net Hope that method of writing email address avoids spammers
Here is he taping up the cover of the Peter Spier book.
My son took a photo of his four kids in front of my grandparents house. He asked for an old photo of the house to compare. I rediscovered this picture of my maternal grandmother.
I wonder what she’s reading.
Then I went and googled her and a her name comes up. The people I want to call and ask, are passed.
Charlotte Baker Rowley 1888-1980
Born Jun 1888 in Winnebago, Illinois, USAmap
Daughter of Eugene Baker Rowley and Mary S Smith
Sister of Clair S Rowley, May Rowley, Edna Rowley and Cecile Rowley
Wife of Judd DeWitt Vansickle — married 16 Nov 1908 in Winnebago, Illinois, USAmap
Died Jun 1980 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois, United States of Americamap. But her children are known. My mother was Marian.And no mention of Charlotte’s middle name Elizabeth.
I must ask my older cousin, John. Maybe he’ll know
I’ll list their children
John Rowley Van Sickle b 1910
Marian Van Sickle b 1912
Robert Eugene b 1914
Maura attended a 3 day Cheerleading camp at Olentangy High School. She loved it! She lead two of the cheers for the entire group.
Baby Charles and Aunt Laura came to see the performance.
Jack brought a book to read. And he shared it with his new baby cousin!
Jack would just have soon missed the performance but entertained himself with a book.
Aunt Erika and Cousin Michael take care of Cousin Charles.
Maura led two cheers for the entire group.
Believe it or not, Charles seemed to like all the cheering and music.
In the parking lot.
The minute I saw this painting, I knew it would be perfect in the nursery.
My friend and blog follower Toni K. took this photograph Saturday 5-30-15 at the shower. Thanks for sending it.
Here’s Laura with the Night Forest Elephant and Bird piece I bought at the PERSAD Art for Change 2015 Auction.
Jeffrey Brunner of Hey Beast Studio in Pittsburgh is the artist! He’ll have a booth at the Three Rivers Art Festival next week.
Photograph taken by Toni K at the shower
Laura is sporting the gift of Chewbeads that double as a necklace and a teething ring for baby…..Thanks Marlene!
You can see Maura and my SIL James in the reflection
(Note to self: photograph art without glass)
And here it the book I bought with the stunning illustrations by Mr. Brunner.
One more fun illustration by Jeffrey Brunner
“One is the loneliest number ….”
One unicyclist Pittsburgh Marathon last May
One handstand by Anna my granddaughter in Hardy Virginia
One reader in Bryant Park NYC
One friend at her window
One seal watcher in Central Park
One tulip by St. Patrick’s Cathedral NYC
One nun in NYC
Laura is ONE August 7, 1984 Grafenwoehr Germany
I saw Three Dog Night in the early seventies. No kidding.
Saturday morning I went to a wonderful poetry reading at Calvary Episcopal Church on Shady Avenue (in Pittsburgh). It was a grand crowd of friends, fellow poets and family. Jan Beatty gave a marvelous introduction and then Liane read poems from her book. They had to get extra chairs! Afterwards there was lots of hot coffee and croissants, raspberries and blueberries and other delicious pastries. Her grandson helped sell the books and make change.
Liane Ellison Norman’s new poetry book is Breathing the West: Great Basin Poems.
On Monday December 3rd, one of her poems will be read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. How cool is that?
Here’s the link so you can listen to the reading of Tree by Liane Ellison Norman.