I still have the books, but the lilacs have faded

It’s 52 degrees this morning, windy, and the lilacs are fading away. But reading under their sweet scent this week will be a great memory. I bought my stack of books during a winter that never seemed to end.

I tend to read several at the same time. Maybe it’s good exercise for my brain to switch around story lines. I admit I think a lot about what I can do to keep my cognitive skills up to speed.

When I’m done with the books I’ll have some great reads to swap with friends and family. If I get my chores done this morning, I will be reading some this afternoon.

Most of my recommendations for my stack came from author, Jon Katz. http://www.bedlamfarm.com/ He stops in most Saturdays at his local independent bookstore, Battenkill Books, and talks to callers looking for good books. http://www.battenkillbooks.com/ I appreciate the efforts he’s making to help keep independent bookstores alive.

My sister told me this week that the last independent bookstore closed in Colorado Springs, where she lives. I think that’s very sad.