A Busman’s Holiday


This past weekend, Sister A and I convened on Mama Bear’s and Daddio’s shore house for a little time away. I’d worked three weekends in a row (which I really don’t mind – I like working Sundays and getting Sunday pay, and managing to tackle a million different tasks before we open for our half-day), but I needed to get out of Dodge.

My parents’ house is in a cute little town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and we spent a day touring some of the other cute little towns. For Sister A and I, it was more of a busman’s holiday than anything else.

We popped in first at Mystery Loves Company, which migrated from downtown Baltimore to Oxford. It’s housed in an old bank. Isn’t it cute?

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(That’s the backs of the rest of the family). The lady who runs it is a Sherlockian, and even knew my grandfather! That’s “Smalltimore” for you. 

I picked this up, because it is the cutest thing ever, and it made my heart miss my hometown. 

A few blocks away, we were all set to go into a local museum, but Sister A and I spotted a directional sign with the word “library” on it.

“Have fun looking at boring things,” we said, and scooted the half-block over. 

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The library is staffed solely by volunteers and opened in the late 1930s. Local schoolchildren each donated a dime for a cinderblock to form the back wall.photo 1 (2)


Seriously, tell me that’s not adorable. It reminded me of my old camp library – small, with a slightly strange collection, and that smell of old books and a long history. 

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This is the children’s section, a tiny corner. It was about 1/6th of the entire size. They had a lot of new releases, a lot of donated books, all on a $3,000 yearly budget. 

They also had a library dog, Heather (who, bless her heart, was so excited to see us that she wouldn’t keep still for a picture).

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The library collected donations for the book costs of some hometown students at the local community college. 

How do I get a job there?

Later, Sister A and I spent our afternoon like this:

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So it was pretty much a perfect day.


Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer has passed away.

Ummmm…. okay….

I would love to go to this. Not even kidding.

Beetee effing rocks!

A Q&A with Lois Lowry.

Basically, you’re just freaked out.

Maybe this is going a little too far…

636, or maybe even 636.8.

How do writers and other creative types structure their time? The answer may surprise you.

From Friend D:

Harry Potter TL;DR

Harper Lee is not happy about the new bio of her.

The best idea ever. EVER.

From Mama Bear:

I’d know their work anywhere.

Posted on Family Friend J’s blog – and you KNOW how I feel about censorship.

Stolen from Coworker M’s Facebook: Stuff YA Readers Say.

Stolen from Coworker L’s blog: Well, duh.

In What’s Annabelle Reading, hooray for me, I picked up Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl (one of her YA books) and zipped right through it. I loved it. Delightful. It brings college right back, uncomfortably so. (You can see in the above picture that Sister A is working her way through one of RR’s adult offerings, Landline.)





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