O CHRISTMAS TREE: A Brief Chronology

Age 1 – Oh!  Oh!  Look at the twinkling lights!  I’ve never seen anything like this!  Look at the shiny balls—Wouldn’t they taste good...?  Mommy, why are you running and pulling me away?  Do you always get so excited?! Age 5 – I LOVE the pink Teddy Bear ornament from Grandma!  And the Santa ornament from Uncle Joe.  And the ballerina!  And candy canes!  They’re the best!  And Santa’s coming, and we’re going to leave him some cookies!  I LOVE Christmas! Age 10 – Christmas Tree?  Oh yeah, it’s … [Read more...]

BOOKS ARE OUR FRIENDS! My Love Affair With the Printed Word

Lord! when you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life.  Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.  ~Christopher Morley *     *     *     *     *  I got a queer email today.  I was contacted by Amazon.com, inviting me to sell back the books I’d bought this year.  Their marketing pitch was, “Get great prices for your used textbooks!” SAY WHAT?!First … [Read more...]


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