Shawn L. Bird

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The end of the bookstore August 1, 2011

Filed under: Commentary,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:07 am
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I love bookstores.  I love wandering in them.  I love scanning titles.  I love the smell of ink and paper.  I love the graphics of gorgeous covers.  I love horses, too.   They’re majestic creatures.  Riding one is fun, but I prefer to go to Vancouver by car.

Times change.  It’s not a value judgment; it’s a fact.

Here is an excellent article by Dave Bricker about the changing publishing world.  He ruminates about the bankruptcy of Borders Bookstores and the future.  Hint: it’s ebooks!

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A World Without Borders – The End of the Bookstore

 

border crossings January 25, 2011

Filed under: Reading — Shawn L. Bird @ 6:49 pm
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She had stood in one of those rare border crossings between the past and the future where one is aware—so aware—that the decision about to be made will change everything. (Charles de Lint’s Memory and Dream, p. 69)

I’m just thinking about milestones.  You know, the mid-life crisis kind of moments when you look at your  life and you think the crucial questions:

  • Is this where I wanted to be?
  • Is this what I wanted to be doing?
  • Is this what I wanted to be feeling?

If the answer to any of those questions in no, then it’s the time to stand on the corner and study the other directions that you could go.  If you don’t like where you’re headed, if you don’t like what you’re doing.  if you don’t like what you’re feeling, then it’s time to take charge of your life and head in a new direction.

Sometimes your heart in your throat and the weight on your shoulder try to force you to stay on the familiar, painful path.  If you’re not happy there, why keep walking it?  If you’re not the person you want to be, you are the only one who has the power to transform into the true self lurking beneath the surface.  

Take hold of your future.  Put your feet on a new path and embrace the adventure of discovery.  Despite all the fears that have held you back from attaining the true connection and the true joy you hve longed for, you may discover a world of fulfillment unbelievably better than what you had before.  Even though you couldn’t imagine more, your new path may lead you to a bounty of joy that you couldn’t conceive of previously.

Look around the cross roads, step over the border into a new life.

 

 
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