Otterly Thoughts to Wrap up 2017

This is the magical view I had of the Middlebury Falls this morning  when I walked to the MW postal building to check my mail. My phone literally shut d2017_Middown when I tried to take the photo but happily a person walking by also saw the beauty and took a shot and forwarded it to me which is what you see. The light was perfect. The landscape would appear lonely yet it is beautiful. The falls sound so differently when the temperature is hovering around zero. Very musical. I hope you are able to stop and enjoy it.

Yesterday a published poet from Virginia stopped by. She was very excited to see a good friend of hers who is also published on the shelf. She sarah_winn_poetryassured me her friend would be excited her book was discovered in a used bookstore. I’m never sure how authors feel to see their books in a used bookstore. I know a local author was dismayed when he saw one of his books in my shop. He couldn’t imagine how anyone could let his book leave their possession. Hence, my apprehension. But this poet, Sarah Ann Winn, was confident  her friend would see it as her work being spread around.  Ms. Winn honored me with a copy of her collected works. Frankly, I was having hard time  cracking it open because the cover just blows me away. The artwork is by Gregory Euclide and part of a larger piece, I Imagined Soft Decay Hiding in the Scenic Turning (2011). Of course I’m looking forward reading each poem.

Hannah and I decided on another reading challenge for the upcoming year. We both accomplished last year’s reading list and decided to up it with more books and more of a challenge. After searching on Pinterest, Hannah, found the following which we’ll be tackling. It was created and pinned by Karla and Quinessa. My first book of the year will be the recently published Ron Chernow’s book on Grant. I’m a huge Ulysses Grant fan and I’ve been saving it for the start of the new year. I’m looking forward to planning on working on my Bucket List for 2018 and in a few months cross off items based on Grant but more on that later. Let us know if you’ll be part of a reading challenge and what list you’ll be using. Here’s to a year of reading!



“I think the act of reading imbues the reader with a sensitivity toward the outside world that people who don’t read can sometimes lack. I know it seems like a contradiction in terms; after all reading is such a solitary, internalizing act that it appears to represent a disengagement from day-to-day life. But reading, and particularly the reading of fiction, encourages us to view the world in new and challenging ways…It allows us to inhabit the consciousness of another which is a precursor to empathy, and empathy is, for me, one of the marks of a decent human being.”  – John Connolly, The Book of Lost Things



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