Greetings, dear friends!
When I was a kid, books were my escape. My childhood environment was very dysfunctional and we never lived in one place for very long. I never remember going to the same school for more than one year at a time. I never wanted to make a friend, because it was so hard to keep leaving them behind. And it was hard always being the new kid on the block. Books, though, they were my friends. I could go anywhere, be anything, be safe, be fed, inside of a book. The reason I mention this is because lately, instead of buying books for my Kindle, I have been buying hardcovers from Thriftbooks.com. I can buy a nice hardback for less than $4, and any purchase over $10 ships for free. No membership fees, etc. Their philosophy seems to be really cool, too: “We believe reading empowers people, offering them empathy to live for a moment in someone else’s shoes, offers them education, a critical asset to improving one’s life, and offers an occasional escape to fantastic worlds inhabited by interesting characters. Yes, we save millions of books every year from being destroyed, but our mission goes beyond the environment. We save these books and make them accessible to readers for the chance to shape another mind, share another story, and teach a bit of wisdom.”
I’m not getting anything for endorsing Thriftbooks – just mentioning them if you would like another resource for your own bookshelf.
Hey, Look at my cool rose! This rose bush has grown white roses all of its many years. Always. Suddenly, this year it has not one, but TWO roses that are split with color, a rich pink. I have no idea how it can do that, and I haven’t done anything differently. Do you think that pollinators can impact a plant’s production like that?
And one last thing, let’s all try to be just a bit kinder to one another. The troubles of the world are ramping up, so it will take courage and determination to keep calm and love one another. The Lord provides his grace and mercy upon us each and every hour – the least we can do is turn to one another and give every effort to listen and love. I appreciate YOU, and love being here for you. I love giving you my humble designs. I always hope that in some way, it will all make a difference.
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