Friends of the Library Booksale

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” - Lemony Snicket Each May and October, a phenomenal transformation occurs. Over four weeks, a giant warehouse  filled to overflowing with more than 250,000 volumes of books, magazines, DVDs, puzzles, and games, is emptied by booklovers across Tompkins County and beyond. It's the Friends of the Library Booksale, one of my top three favorite things about Ithaca. I have attended and bought books at every sale (and numerous times throughout the sale) for at least ten years, though I skipped one or two during Covid.  It's an event that reinvigorates my hope for the world. Aisle after aisle of books of every genre you can think of, and many you can't, all donated with the sole purpose of passing on entertainment and education, as well as raising money for the TC Public Library. In this modern world of digital media, virtual reality, social technology (all of which have their costs and benefits) I remain astounded that I

Nature on Instagram


Several years ago I regularly took my camera for a stroll through my backyard in search of nature to enjoy. I posted those strolls here, under the Backyard Artist Date label. Even just fifteen minutes out of the house, looking at leaves or spiders or the fish in the pond gave me a renewed energy for my daily work. And the act of photographing what I saw felt precious, like capturing a fleeting moment of life. I also shared a lot of those photos in the many Haiku I wrote. 

Back then, Instagram was in its early years, and I was entrenched in Facebook and not interested in starting a new social media platform. This spring, thoroughly bored of FB, I started an IG account and began posting. I'm amazed to discover how fun it is! And how much it's like my Backyard Artist Dates! Taking pictures of nature, flowers, trees, water, is something I deeply enjoy, and now I have the perfect place to put them. I'm not looking to break any followers records or find influencers. Rather, I think Insta for me will be a place to collect nature photos and see what amazing photos others are taking of our beautiful planet. There are some remarkable photographers out there!


If you've got photos to share, hop over to Instagram and find me, I'd love to take a look!




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