Not your Grandma’s Poetry

when death comes like an iceberg between the shoulder blades I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering: what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness? So begins a poem in Mary Oliver’s New And Selected Poems, volume 1, one  that ends with the determined line, I don’t want […]

The library can help … caregivers

Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia is tough. It’s unpredictable, often heartbreaking, sometimes frightening. It can mean unrelenting hard work. And it can be very isolating. I know – my family provided 24/7 care for my grandparents during their last years, struggling to keep them healthy and safe while watching their minds fade […]

But wait, there’s more

“Happiness is finding the first good book in a series, and knowing there are more to follow,” says a graphic we found on Facebook. That’s true, but so is the reverse: sadness is reaching the end of a series and knowing that it’s over, finito, the end. Of course, it never completely has to be the […]