Reading, Reflecting and Culling

Hello all,

March is right,

around the corner,

soon we will be done,

with this Winter,

can’t wait!

I have been so busy,

work, workshops, committees,

busy me.

I have adopted a new attitude,

towards Georgie,

waking me up,


I am embracing the time.

I am reading an hour or so,

every morning,

before I get started on emails,

and work.

Much better than waking up mad.

In February,

I have managed to read:

1.Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard,

the founder of Patagonia,

2.The Year Of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion,

3.The Bookseller’s Diary by Shaun Bythell,

4.Cat Stories by James Herriot,

I have almost finished,

The Professor and The Madman by Simon Winchester,

I am currently making my way through,

Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched The World,

and All Creatures Great and Small.

The is a thematic here,

books about cats,

books about bookselling,

books about grief.

Creatures I love,

an occupation I adored,

and something I am experiencing.

The Year Of Magical Thinking,

was a gift.

What an amazing book it is,

It really helped.

Reading someone else’s ,

experience of grief.

The someone happens to be,

a brilliant writer,

not a counselor or a professional, telling you what it is normal to feel,

Didion, shares,

raw, naked,

the experience.

There is research and quotes,

she is s writer,

after all,

a damn good writer,

who observes human nature,

foible and folly,

including her own.

It is the highest recommend,

I can give it.

I feel the same way about ,

Cat Stories,

Herriot the vet,

the lover of cats,

such a gift,

for telling a story.

Bythel’s Bookseller Diary,

had me laughing out loud.

I know these people,

these customers of his,

they were mine as well,

the good, the bad, the ugly…the smelly.

He is a total grump,

and I believe,

a second hand bookseller,

needs to be a grump.

I don’t know if it will be everyone’s,

cup of tea,

but it was exactly mine.

Let My People Go Surfing,

was a surprise to me.

It has been on my radar,

for quite some time,

I had seen it on many,

must read lists.


is a man of passion,

a man of principle,

his views on commerce,

and the environment,

are compelling,

I can tell you,

that I will think more closely,

before buying something,

and about disposing of it.

His book is not preachy,

it is very honest about,

what needs to be done,

and how we can do it,

it is also about following,

your bliss,


fighting for what is worth fighting for.

Another strong recommend.

Books and work,

have really helped me,

as I go through the culling process,

giving away, going through, packing up.

It is joyful,


it is damn hard.

Just wanted to check in and share,

what is going on with me.

Stay safe, stay warm

Be well.

Later girls,


By Bookish Butch

I am a bookish butch in my very early fifties. I live in Montréal and always have. I used to run a small used bookstore. Reading keeps me sane. My latest jiggie is photography, book project in the works, living the dream

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