I’m a human being (which is easy to forget when we’re all online together). I like reading books and as a long ago English major I miss telling people what I think about books. I lost my Mom recently, that’s kind of the only critical lens that I view books through now, sorry if that’s a downer.

I’ve always loved to read — I was the kid under the covers with a flashlight and the latest chapter book. In 2017 I made a New Years resolution to read 52 books. It went so well that in 2018 I set a goal to read 100 books. Who knows what next year will bring? I am always looking for book recommendations, so please feel free to drop your favorites in the comments any time.

I happen to have an AMAZING local indie bookstore (and a library card that gets a lot of use), but if you don’t, please consider adopting Powell’s in Portland as your bookstore if you’re buying any of these books. I try to always include a Powell’s link. I went to Powell’s for the first time this year and it was overwhelming and wonderful and everyone who loves books should go. But if you can’t make it to Oregon, find the gems near you! I also love Savoy Bookshop in Rhode Island, Dudley’s Bookshop Café (okay this is also in Oregon), and who can say no to the wonders NYC has to offer — The Strand, BookBook, Books Are Magic???


In case you were wondering the blog title comes from Our Town, a lovely play by Thorton Wilder:

“Simon Stimson: “…That’s what it was to be alive. To move about in a cloud of ignorance; to go up and down trampling on the feelings of those about you. To spend and waste time as though you had a million years. To be always at the mercy of one self-centered passion, or another.”

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