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Writing 101 Challenge: Loss

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‘Write about a loss: something (or someone) that was part of your life, and isn’t any more’.

I had difficulty with today’s writing prompt, because I couldn’t think of one particular item or individual. I thought of what makes me sad that is no longer there. I suddenly got the idea of local libraries and bookstores closing.

I drive by a podiatry clinic in my neighborhood and sigh each time I pass it. Many may wonder what’s wrong with me, since nothing is wrong with my feet. The problem is that the clinic was a small library. It breaks my heart to see the small building now taking care of feet. There were shelves of books, movies, music, and more. Now people sit in waiting chairs than a comfy couch reading. It saddens me knowing someone may not have access to these materials.

A similar loss is when small bookstores close. They often can’t stand against the changing times. This is very unfortunate. I always smile when I enter a bookstore and feel at home. When I hear about bookstores closing it almost feels like a part of me closed. It doesn’t matter if I visited the bookstore often, occasionally, or never. Instead it’s just one more place where my soul had a chance to open to the wonder of books and reading.

The definition of a book has even changed and a slight loss is felt. I own a kindle, but it took me forever to finally purchase one. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I read a book on my kindle. To me, it’s almost a loss in society as books have changed so much.

True, people are still reading and some may say there’s an increase in reading. However, there’s nothing like holding a book in your hands, turning actual pages, and smelling the paper.

The loss of libraries, bookstores, and the definition of books saddens me. Books and their ‘homes’ have been in use for thousands of years. Hopefully, the ‘changing times’ won’t increase more losses.

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Serendipity Bookstore Experience

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Ah, there’s nothing quite like stepping into a wonderful bookstore. The books surrounding me always make me feel comfortable and put a smile on my face. Now I enjoy any bookstore, but my favorites are independent and used bookstores.

I recently went on a trip to Friday Harbor in San Juan Islands. I examined the tourist map and discovered a bookstore named Serendipity Used Bookstore. The name perfectly suits the place. I walked inside to find book shelves, welcoming chairs, a small fireplace, and a book smell. The last perfect touch was the owner, a cute British woman. She didn’t bother me, but let me wander the heavenly books at Serendipity Used Bookstore. It was a pure delight to spend time in a bookstore while on vacation.

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http://www.visitsanjuans.com/members/friday-harbor/serendipity-used-books

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

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The first time I walked into this used bookstore I was breathless as I glazed upon all the books. The books reached up to the ceiling with a maze of shelves. I had difficulties looking in any direction, since my eyes wanted to capture every detail and book.  In this photo, the many ‘details’ are each book. I need all the books or ‘details’ to truly experience this location. 

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Weekly Quote: Virginia Woolf

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Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.

― Virginia Woolf

This is a photo of a used bookstore that I recently discovered. I was immediately amazed with all the rows of books that seemed to reach the sky. I could have spent all day there.  It was magical.

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day

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I received this information from Reading is Fundamental (RIF) through Facebook. RIF’s mission is to motivate all children to become active readers. They want all children to have access to books and enjoy reading. RIF delivers free books to children who may not have many opportunities.

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day is December 3rd, which is tomorrow. Honestly, it doesn’t matter when you go just as long as you go soon with your son, daughter, brother, sister, niece, nephew, friend, grandchild, and anyone else who needs a great book to read. I’m also a big fan of the library, so help the child get a library card, visit story hour, and explore new worlds between the book shelves.

There’s an interactive map on their website with bookstores across 35 states, two Canadian provinces, England, and even  Australia, that participate in Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day. But it doesn’t matter where you go, just encourage a visit to any bookstore.