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July 1, 2022: Another Day in the Life

Another hot day. Back east, where I grew up, we said that such days were scorchers. Same temperatures here as there, but there I think it was more humid.

There are now some places in the Lower 48 where temperatures of over 100 degrees have been recorded. The human body has a very narrow comfort range, and an equally narrow survival range. Other mammals seem to fare better. We humans do best in temperatures ranging from 50 to 70 degrees. If the temperature is higher or lower, we become uncomfortable and let others know we feel this way.

Hay shed

I include details about specific days simply because I don’t want to forget them.

The swallow family is now a family. There are babies in the house – it’s been quiet, but the parents have been coming and going, I guess getting food for their young. Now the young birds are being more demanding. Pretty soon it will be hard to sleep.

I did the morning chores then talked with a PBS representative about purchasing airtime for a Bright Lights Book Project video. I will talk this over with the BLBP board, but I wonder if advertising will bring in more books. Maybe we can put an emphasis on books being available.

The person I talked to said that they dump books that come into Tidal Wave in Anchorage. Tidal Wave is the largest new and used bookstore in the state. I hadn’t been in touch with them, I figured that they donated books that readers left behind. Well, the guy I talked to said that when the books pile up, they have to get rid of them.

The image of parvo puppies came to mind. There is only so much one can do with excess. But the counter clerk’s description of the situation and Tidal Wave’s solution gave me reason to pause.

I would like to take on some of their books. But in order to do this, I need space and lots of it. I also need more bookcases and more bookcase distributors. These very real thoughts also got me to thinking that it’s going to be some time before the building project gets underway. But that’s what I need – a building, a heated warehouse would do the trick.

It's an instance now, of “in the meantime.” I must just do as I did today and keep my nose to the grindstone and get done what needs to be done; in this case, keep books moving. And so, I got 20 or so boxes of fiction ready to go tomorrow to the Goose Creek Correctional facility. Some boxes were at the Meeting House, and some were in the storage locker.

I hope have access to all this reading material will make a difference in the lives of some. There is a lot of variety in this outgoing batch of books.

I also met with Logan who owns Alaska Nomadic Cinematics. He’s first going to do a short promotional video, then after, begin work on the longer documentary.

Just another day in the life.

Next: 179. 7/2/22: Pro Choice

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