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Thursday, August 6, 2015
Where Did the Blue Moon Go?
Already in the past
It seems the moon was full only a couple of days ago, and now it's half-gone already. Where did that full moon go, the second one we had in July? For that matter, where
did July itself go? The peak of cherry harvest? One morning, early, I wrote the
Grunting, snorting, grumbling like
An angry old sow:
Harvest machines shaking fruit.
morning, already, quiet reigned again outside the farmhouse. Strange, hearing quiet....
long-awaited event arrived at last: Wednesday evening’s reading and
conversation with author Barbara Stark-Nemon, whose novel, Even in Darkness, is based on the true
story of her great-aunt in Germany. In the discussion, Barbara directly
addressed her decision to write the story as fiction, rather than memoir or
biography: “I didn’t want that distance. I wanted readers to bein the story.”
Her novel certainly
succeeds in meeting that objective. One audience member remarked that she
stayed up all night, telling herself at the end of each chapter that she would
read “just one more” and finding herself unable to stop. Another of my
customers (the one who memorably addressed me the day after she bought the novel as “Goddess of Books!” -- a real first
for me!) had told me that she had not wanted the book to end at
It was thrilling for me to have Barbara and her book in my bookstore at
last, since I think it was three years ago that she first told me some of her aunt's story. It's wonderful the way her audience has expanded since then -- and continues to expand, as the book reaches more and more hands.
on we go, plunging into another day and toward another weekend, this coming
Saturday the day of Northport’s (1) annual wine festival at the marina park
and (2) the annual dog parade, beginning at 11 a.m. – this year’s theme is
“Woofstock,” so think tie-dye and beads – plus (3) Leelanau’s reigning
photographer Ken Scott signing copies of The Back Pages at Dog Ears Books,
beginning at noon.
Then the very next day, Sunday, from 1 to 3 p.m. we'll have Jerry Dennis and Glenn Wolff here to sign their exciting and beautiful new book (another Big Maple Press Indie Bookstore Edition), A Walk in the Animal Kingdom.
were very, very lucky here at the north end of the peninsula to be spared the
terrible storm last Sunday that hit from Leland south. Glen Arbor got
the worst of it, but Leland, Lake Leelanau, Cedar, and Maple City all lost power and had trees
down and cars and buildings damaged, as was true in Traverse City, as well. One
woodlot owner lost two-thirds of his trees, and photographs I’ve seen remind me of
the aftermath of the tornado we lived through in our Kalamazoo neighborhood
years ago. Jerry and Gail Dennis, out on Old Mission peninsula, lost several large trees, including one very big maple, but not, everyone will be relieved to know, the Big Maple for which their publishing venture is named.
Here Up North, we’re used to snow, but not winds up to 100 miles an hour and skies that don’t even look real in the photographs. Many businesses
and even Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore were closed on Monday. One of the
reasons I heard given for closing the Lakeshore was that no personnel were
available for rescuing foolhardy dune-climbers, everyone busy elsewhere with
real rather than potential emergencies.
much has happened from full moon to a waning half, it doesn’t seem possible
that so little time has elapsed. Sometimes change is gradual, and sometimes
it’s sudden and cataclysmic. Many Leelanau and Grand Traverse scenes will never
be the same in our lifetime. But the main character of Even in Darkness, like her real-life
counterpart, saw more devastating changes and went on to build a new life, and
so must we all, whatever befalls us from one moon to the next.
so our summer life goes on, from storm to author event to author event to dog parade, a very
mixed bag indeed. C'est la vie, mes amis. La vie au nord et partout.