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.” READ MORE
BERNI JUST BROUGHT ME a sheet of paper titled “Ten Rules for Being Human.” Unfortunately, it had been photocopied so many times that the letters were all a blur, so I couldn’t read it without squinting like Mr. Magoo. (I’d ask, “Who passes crappily-rendered stuff like this around?” but somebody gave to Berni and she gave it to me, right?) READ MORE
ONCE UPON A TIME, we made things with care, with craftsmanship, even a touch of art. The number of items so made that were used in everyday life would be a long list indeed, but here I am only going to address the front covers of old books. Really old books.
When we see and hold books like this today, it’s not unusual to wonder why they went to so much effort to produce something so few people would read. READ MORE
TWENTY ODD YEARS AGO, I was turned on to Glimpses, a novel by Lewis Shiner. I’d never heard of the author but as I don’t keep up with much of anything anymore (it’s the old age thing), that wasn’t surprising. Because of the source of the recommendation, I read the book and thought it might be an Americanized form of “magical realism.” READ MORE
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Seattle WA 98101
Monday-Sunday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
“Looking for poems written by cats? A Star Wars travel guide? Maybe a book on how to survive a sharknado? You can find those and more at BLMF Literary Saloon. Books fill the windows, line the shelves, pile around the floor and frame the checkout counter. READ MORE
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.
When Borders closed its Redmond store in 2011, there was no longer any local access to a leisure walk about a store, from one’s favorite sections (say, science fiction or baseball) to genres one rarely notices (such as basketball or New Age) to a wall of colorfully illustrated children’s books to the remainder table, where a book that you’d never pay $24.99 READ MORE
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.”
Instead of simply accepting the comment, I responded with, “Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t consider being published online as being in print. READ MORE
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.
Real coincidences seem to ‘mean something,’ even if that meaning is just beyond our ken. READ MORE
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. READ MORE