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, 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...]

HEARTSONGS: The Story of Matti Stepanek Will Knock Your Socks Off

Mattie - Messenger

Requiem in SeaOh, to call the conch my home . . .Stormy-smoothed tunnels ofKaleidoscope walls spiraling intoPearl-shimmered dyes,Ever-changing with the lightOf the sun, of the moon,Of the tide, and the gloaming,And surging, and sighing,Of the sea . . .Of that spaceThat calls to meBeyond the Polished Pier,Beyond the now, and here.Echo of ocean breath,Silhouette of Light,Indescribable descriptionPassing, mortal … [Read more...]