I can point to lots of things. Just had cataract surgery so one eye is very clear and focused while the other lags behind until next week. Then there is the political situation which is hard to easily capture. Sides so divisive now some friendships are ending, there are those family members who stop communicating and various community Facebook pages are shut down due to profanity. The aspen and larch trees have become golden. And when I get up early in the morning to walk before the work day begins, it is dark out.
The bookstore takes a break for a few weeks. Then in November we set up for Shop Small Saturday on 11/24 from 10:00 – 4:00 parked next to Montana Farmacy. And on December 1, the traveling bookstore will be at the annual Holly Faire from 9:00 – 5:00 at Eureka’s Creative Arts Center. Both enjoyable events plus a chance to find great gifts and support local merchants and artisans. The bookstore will offer its usual amazing selection of gently used books, St. Rita’s tshirts, gift cards, vintage postcards, and gift certificates. And yes, the typewriter will be set up in case you want to type a poem or holiday greeting to send someone special or a letter to your representative.
See? This is what I mean. There are truly dark moments when the days get shorter and the news out of Washington is utterly depressing. Then I read a wondrous book (Pride by Ibi Zoboi) or watch the autumn sun come through the old school house windows as women hand quilt on a Friday afternoon. Of course, none of this comes easily. Ibi Zoboi, while immigrating to the US with her mother, actually had months of separation before the authorities would allow her in. A quilt takes countless stitches (and sore fingers) to complete. No doubt it will take even more work for us to make positive changes, to address the starvation in Yemen, the thousands of detained children still in tent camps in Texas. Despite the darkness though, we need to look at these things. And act.