Thursday, November 22, 2012

thankful for libraries & readers

my reading nephews
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! My list of things and people for which I'm grateful is long. It grows daily.

Today I'm thinking of libraries and teachers and parents who encourage their kids to read. This photo was taken by a 4th grade teacher who continues to inspire and encourage me. He's a great dad and a wonderful friend, and I'm his proud big sister.

My nephews love their neighborhood library. And lucky me, they love showing off my books! I'm thankful, and hopeful about the future. Great things lie ahead in a world with children who love to read.    

Saturday, November 10, 2012

solitude in the driveway

hard at work in the driveway
In a recent search for solitude, I thought our neighborhood library might be a good spot. I gathered my coat, keys and computer and went out to the car, which was parked in our driveway. Though it was just 28 degrees, the sun had warmed our Prius into a perfect solarium. I sat for a moment thinking, this is about as cozy and quiet as it gets. I took off my coat, slid over to the passenger side, opened my laptop and got to work.

It felt sort of like a drive-in movie, being parked and not going anywhere. The mailman gave a puzzled look, but I soldiered on, in a typing bliss for a solid hour. An hour! This is HUGE. Sixty minutes of productivity in my distracted life is rare and gave the boost I needed to finish a chapter. The only things missing were my golden office assistants!