Appearing in Border's Books in Utica, MI., earlier today was like a day trip to Art Van's Furniture.
Both take hours to get one book, or, one piece of furniture.
Truth is I enjoy reading. I buy books.
But, when I buy a few, I give away as many.
That way I avoid attachment disorder to my tomes. The same with furniture.
St. Vincent Depaul knows me by name now that I give away things there for the needy in
CLinton Township, MI., on Gratiot at Fifteen Mile Road.
And, truth is one needs a piece of furniture ever so often.
Getting rid of books or furniture as new pieces come in helps keep things tidy.
At Border's I met a couple of wonderful women who asked what I was looking for as we all
searched the bargain prices at 30 per cent of the list price.
Human development, I said.
Are you a hypnotist, one asked.
Nope, I said, as I put the book back on the shelf.
Are you former Catholics, I asked, as I noticed many new age books.
Yes, one of them said. Too oppressive, she added.
Will never go back there again, she insisted.
Do you know Richard Rohr's works, I asked.
I heard of him, one of them responded.
Do you know of this one on Mary Magdalene, another asked.
No, I said, as shehanded it to me for my review.
I got this one as Unity, one of them said, as she showed me a favorite of her's.
You go to Unity, I asked.
Yes, I like it there one shouted.
Two hours later, it was time to move on.
It was good tlaking with you both, I said.
Yes, with you also, one said, as the other already waved her way off to the register.
That was more about the connections than the books I gladly thought, as I carried an armful
to the check-out counter.
How sad that this Border's is set for the chopping block.
Yes, too bad, in an age of the internet, I guess.
Not many still read books or newspapers in hand.