Never have I ever been so excited for spring! Each sliver of sun has me beaming as blooms burst forth from their winter burrows. And with spring sprung, all I can think about is our delicious PNW food.
Many of us have a literary character who we long to meet in real life. Mine has changed over time—my first was Harriet the Spy (I wanted to read her secret notebooks). In Letters to Juliet by Lise and Ceil Friedman, we hear from the people who feel this way about Shakespeare’s tragic heroine, Juliet. In fact, they’ve been writing to her for upwards of a century, while a devoted band of volunteers, Juliet’s secretary as it were, answer the letters. And these letters are heartfelt—full of confession, and longing, and even passion. They come from all over the world, and each correspondent gets a reply. Seventy-five of these are reproduced here, in a touching testament to the power of literature. Reading this collection almost feels like reading someone’s secret notebook, but in a good way. Continue reading “A Literary Cure for Spring Fever”
Now that Seattle weather is arguably taking a turn for the better (crotchety curmudgeons like myself prefer the cold and the damp, dagnabit), my thoughts meander toward one of my few beloved outdoor activities, a pastoral pastime that comes as close to a spiritual event as heathens such as I ever experience. I am of course referring to duck-watching. Spending hours on a bench overlooking a pond, lagoon, or lake and observing waterfowl as they paddle to and fro, their little webbed feet pushing them along; or admiring the elegant plumage on their little duck fannies as they dunk their heads in the water in search of food (or so I assume, being no ornithologist). Hey, maybe they’re Continue reading “Who’s got the sweetest disposition?”
Looking for an indoor/outdoor adventure on a spring afternoon? How about a tour of libraries that are walkable from light rail stations?
Check out the smooth ride on the LINK light rail, step outside to take in some spring greenery, and then retreat into some engaging library spaces to explore the collections. Depending on the day, you might be able to take in a free library event along the way.