is there money to be made selling books on the internet?

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THE POPULATION OF THE U.S. is ap­prox­i­mately 330,000,000. Of course, Amazon reaches around the planet, so the po­ten­tial market for just about any­thing you might want to sell is in the bil­lions! If you’re into books and think you might want to dabble a little in buying and selling them to pick up a few bucks, my ad­vice con­sists of two words: “Think again.” [Continue reading]

new mom-and-pop, brick-and-mortar book store opens in redmond

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THE U.S. CENSUS of 2010 un­cov­ered sev­eral dozen full-time book-lovers among the 59,000 res­i­dents of Red­mond, Wash­ington. Like most such readers, these res­i­dents re­quired a reg­ular in­take of new and old books, and while some of their needs were filled by the King County Li­brary Sys­tem’s branch in Red­mond, other needs have gone sorely lacking. [Continue reading]

posting online ain’t the same as being in print

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REGARDING POSTING ONLINE, in re­sponse to having the of­fi­cial Elvis Presley web­site at Grace­land picking up one of my articles—which I trum­peted loudly to family and friends via Face­book and email—my friend Stephanie Locke posted a nice com­ment on my A Touch Of Gold site: “Good to see Umphred back in print.” [Continue reading]

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EVERYBODY KNOWS what a co­in­ci­dence is: “The oc­cur­rence of events that happen at the same time by ac­ci­dent but seem to have some connection”—at least ac­cording to Merriam-Webster. But of course it’s not that simple: ‘real’ co­in­ci­dences not only catch our at­ten­tion, they res­onate with us. [Continue reading]

philosophical mutts and zen master cats

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GUARDIANS OF BEING is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Eck­hart Tolle (words) and Patrick Mc­Don­nell (pic­tures). I have en­thused over it since its pub­li­ca­tion in 2009, and have rec­om­mended it to everyone! The book de­scribes beau­ti­fully and play­fully how philo­soph­ical mutts and zen master cats help in grounding human beings—call us out of our reveries, our wor­ries, and our self-absorption, and plant our feet back on the ground of the here and now. [Continue reading]