Here’s a rhetorical question: In this day and age, what do we need libraries for? Won’t it be cheaper to buy everyone a smart phone and leave them to their own devices? Cheaper, yes. Smarter, no. In the old days, I went to the library to get books, find magazines from decades past, use reference materials that could not be checked out, type on typewriters, and make copies. Then, a physical footprint was absolutely necessary, a building needed to store the wisdom of the ages, be a place offering refugee to slick lawyer and humble homeless person alike. Same today. Wednesday, September 20, 2017
It’s Banned Books Week again, Sunday through Saturday the 30th. Why do “we” – libraries, citizens, bookstores and newspapers – make a big show, proclaiming a week every September to rally our communities against the specter of banned books? Being against banned books is in a newspaper’s DNA. The first amendment of the U.S. Constitution reads, in part: “Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” Books, of course, are speech, written down. Wednesday, September 20, 2017
If I can’t dance I don’t want to be part of your revolution.
– Emma Goldman
La Conner’s touchstone? The 1890s Tavern, from the 1980s. Every time people share town remembrances with me, the 1890s is waxed nostalgically over. From staid town administrators to distinguished landladies to a wild intrepid journalist, the 1890s is at the center of La Conner’s golden years memories. Eyes light up and smiles grow wide. Not even The Tavern, which is not the name of the La Conner Pub & Eatery, that local watering hole with its own storied musical history, gets mentioned with the same reverence. Wednesday, September 06, 2017
I have always admired people with skills and talents able to express themselves on the piano or guitar, who build furniture out of salvaged wood, who repair cars or renovate boats. The camera or paintbrush or hammer and saw becomes an extension of themselves. Their avocation fills their time and bring them joy. Earning income is not the issue. Job work is not life’s sole purpose. Personal satisfaction is. They are at ease, have some peace. Not me. Wednesday, August 30, 2017