Submitted by birdie on December 17, 2003 - 8:06pm
Read yesterday of the death of Wallace Kuralt at age 64, former owner of Chapel Hill NC's Intimate Bookshop and brother of journalist Charles Kuralt.
He ran the store for over thirty years, but had to close it down in the late '90s due to the growth of the mega-chains, Barnes & Noble and Borders. He was a hero among indies (independent booksellers) for launching a suit against the chains; regrettably the judge ruled against him, but an appeal is planned(see website:
Submitted by birdie on December 9, 2003 - 3:19pm
Wonderful site of liberal-oriented animated cartoons -- this guy is talented and infinitely on target regarding our Federal government and politics California style (his home state). There's a new cartoon every week--check it out:
Submitted by birdie on December 1, 2003 - 5:26pm
As we look forward to next year, hopefully with a new president and an improving economy, I think we should all bear in mind some of the factors that helped to diminish our present economy, big box stores included.
An excellent series of articles from the L.A. Times -- please read what you can, and pass the word: don't patronize Wal-Mart.
Submitted by birdie on November 19, 2003 - 8:36pm
Just returned from a lovely short trip to Brussels and Amsterdam. Any other Jacques Brel fans out there? They worship him and his wonderful, complex "paroles"; no American singer/composer really compares. I sang an adaption of "Quand on n'a que l'amour" for friends--even though I'm not exactly a musician, they loved it. Amsterdam is delightful. Despite the pouring rain, they're riding their bikes, loaded up with one or two kids, parcels and umbrellas.
Submitted by birdie on November 12, 2003 - 4:21pm
Art Carney died yesterday, may he rest in peace.
A friends comment upon hearing of his death --
"I'm surprised he was still alive." I think Art would've chuckled at that.
Submitted by birdie on November 4, 2003 - 8:53pm
Shall I or shan't I? I found myself asking my college-aged son about the pros and cons of blogging. When/if he gets back to me (not that I'm waiting for his approval), you may/may not hear from me again! ps - don't hold your breath folks.