Plan for a Day: My first resolution has to do with a one-time event I’ve thought about hosting year after year, and year after year I’ve let the date slip past without getting my act together, but this year is going to be different, and here is my official announcement: On Sunday, February 5, 2012 (please let me know if I’ve got the date wrong, which would not do at all! I did check it several times over but am still nervous), Dog Ears Books will be open for anyone who wants to attend a Super Bowl Escape Party! That’s right, if you’re not a football fan, or if you need a break from the excitement of the Big Game—whatever the reason, you can stop in at Dog Ears and be assured that there will be no wide-screen TV booming at you. We’ll have snacks. Maybe we’ll have games. I haven’t worked out all the details yet and am open to suggestions. After all, we have over a month to figure it out. ESCAPE THE SUPER BOWL! And if YOU want to escape while someone you love does not, I have it on good authority that the Garage Bar & Grill next door will have the game on....
Project for a Year: My second resolution will demand a more sustained effort. Inspired by several books read during 2011, as well as by a conviction that the woods and hills around me deserve more attention than I routinely give them, I have resolved to spend time outdoors, not walking or driving but sitting still, looking and listening, once every week in the coming year. On these weekly expeditions, the camera and the dog will stay home. Sarah will still have her daily outdoor adventures with me, and the camera will doubtless be with me most of the rest of the time, but this one hour a week will be dedicated to stillness. My weekly report will be made on a new blog called “Home Ground,” where I have already posted more about this year-long project.
What else? Those are my only two formal resolutions. This blog will continue, as will “A Shot in the Light.” I’m less certain about the fate of “Without a Clear Focus” but don’t see any need to decide one way or the other by any specific date. Then there is reading. It was only today, December 28, 2011, that it struck me that my “Books Read 2011” list will be ending soon! As it’s getting cumbersome to have so many long lists here on the blog, I’ll probably remove 2009 and 2010 soon.
And that’s about it. Those are my plans. As for the bookstore, winter hours are posted in the right-hand column. We haven’t had much winter yet, but there’s no telling what January will bring Up North. Or any month or year, for that matter! But I will be keeping you posted, wherever in the world you are.