Can you see the difference? Maybe not, if you've never visited Dog Ears Books in person, but believe me, the bookstore is much changed in the last week. It was the season of the Big Purge, the object being to clear floor, bench, and all chairs of boxes and piles of books. In order to make that happen, of course, some books on the shelves until recently had to make way for later arrivals. The weeding-out process is "ruthless," to use the word David applied to the same process in our household 21 year ago, the process that preceded the inaugural Dog Ears in 1993. Been here too long; not worthy of shelf space -- these are a couple of judgments that were flying around the bookshop on those busy days, and it's made quite a difference to me, of which I'm very proud.
Helper Bruce returned from his latest travels and joined in on Wednesday. We filled boxes from law, economics, business, and health sections before he retreated to military history and I to cookbooks, where we continued the work separately.
And now, look! Browsers and customers will be able to sit on the bench while perusing the shelves -- quite a revolutionary notion, eh?
Meanwhile, out on Lake Michigan, most of the ice is gone, except in the Manitou Passage, seen here from Jelinek Road.
Not everything is going out, though. New books are always coming in, as will -- very soon -- spring blossoms.
Happy holidays, all!