Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Final week at camp

Here it is. Our final week at our camp on Little Sebago Lake for summer of 2011. It is bittersweet---the last boat ride, the last lobster dinner, the last walk on the dirt road with Oliver. It makes me sad.

I have put together a photo album of lake memories over the years. You can view it here

Farewell to summer. Soon, I hope to retire. Then summer will stretch on into October.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Recently my publisher decided to forego the publishing of print books for eBooks. It is cheaper I suppose, and technology enables readers to download reading material instantly. My last book was published as an eBook, in fact. All of my print books are now available as eBooks. It makes me a little sad to think that I will never be able to hold one of my books in my hands again.
Although I own a Kindle and an iPad on which I have downloaded many books, I do prefer to hold a paper book in my hands. I like the smell of the ink and the way the pages feel. I like the sound of those pages when I turn them. I like to organize them on my bookshelves at camp, and I like the way the colors of the covers brighten the room.
You can see my Little Sebago Lake camp bookshelf here.
When I am visiting others folks’ homes, I like to explore their bookshelves to see what they like to read. That’s why I was delighted to find a website called Breathing Books devoted to showcasing photographs of other readers’ bookshelves. Call me old fashioned.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Uncle Henry's

When I am at the corner store near my camp on Little Sebago Lake in Maine, I often purchase a copy of Uncle Henry’s Weekly Swap it or Sell it Guide. It’s digest sized and costs two bucks. When I get back to my deck, I read it as I would a magazine. Uncle Henry’s lists 30-word private party ads at no cost from folks in my area who want to sell or buy stuff, or in some cases, give stuff away. The digests lists everything from appliances to yard sales. I
I’ve seen listings for everything and anything you’d want to buy or sell, including the kitchen sink (pg 45: “Kitchen sink. Dbl bowl American Standard white, Mohen telescope faucet, exc. Cond. $100”). Now why would anyone want to sell her kitchen sink?

I peruse “Uncle Henry’s” for the unusual. I guess I have too much time on my hands when I am at camp. This week’s oddity I found under Firearms, p. 159: “Moose hunt swap zones. Looking to swap my Zone 23 either bull or cow for the whole mo. of Nov. for your Zone 4. Week of Sept. 26. Let’s talk.” A phone number follows this. In Maine, there is a moose hunt lottery every year, so this listing makes some sense. Unless you’re a moose in Zone 4.