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Somebody Famous


No trip to Amarillo would be complete without a stop at a bookstore. Our Super Walmart Store in Guymon, Oklahoma, has a nice little book section, but the operative word in that description is “little.” Other than Wally World, Guymon currently offers no other options for bookworms like my wife and kids. Not being an avid reader myself until just recently, I too have always enjoyed looking through the many books and magazines available at a full-fledged bookstore. Our trip to Amarillo last week was to be no different.

Before heading back to Guymon on Wednesday night we stopped to get a Starbucks at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore and spend a few minutes looking around, knowing, full well, we would need to leave ahead of the impending winter ice storm that had been heading for the Panhandle. With soy mocha in hand, I hit the bestsellers rack.

I felt such pride when I picked up and held Unbroken, a book I had read on the Kindle such a short time ago. Thumbing though the pages of a copy I had pulled from the shelf, I read a paragraph, put the book back on the shelf, and took a step backwards. “I belong here,” I thought to myself. “I read that book. I am a reader.”

The real treat for me was when I found the book Dark Prophecy. My nephew’s wife, Angie Bare, is the photographer who took the cover photo for the book, and the man pictured on the cover is my nephew. I was in the process of reading the book on my wife’s Kindle, and had only viewed pictures of the book cover online.

Read the article on Level26.com web site about Angie Bare at http://www.level26.com/post/interview-angela-bare-photographer

This was the first time I had seen the actual dust jacket itself, live and in person. I flipped to the back of the book, where I knew I would find the credits for Angie, and ran over to show my wife. I felt as if I were a relative to somebody famous.

I guess I am.


Miracle on 4th Street


If you have stopped by my office recently, you may have noticed a cane leaning against the wall over in the corner. The cold snap that blew through the region this week left my lame hip a bit stiff and not always able to bear my full weight. Embarrassing as it is for such a young man to be walking around with a cane, it was my only reasonable option. The other day when I glanced at my own cane leaning there in the corner, it reminded me of the closing scene of Miracle on 34th Street.

Unlike Miracle on 34th Street, Kris Kringle put a Kindle in my wife’s stocking. Not getting the house of our dreams, I guess we will just have to stay in our old house on 4th Street. But this new Kindle might be the real miracle anyway.

I knew ahead of time what Santa Claus was planning to give my wife, but I told no one as not to spoil the surprise. Keeping this a secret might not have been such a brilliant idea since everybody gave her books. I even gave her a book, wrapping it in a way to make it obvious, just to throw her off and dispel any suspicion she might have about getting a Kindle.

Christmas morning was great fun at our house, and the wife got lots of books. Lots! So many that when she took a trip to visit her sister that next week, she left the Kindle home with me, giving me permission to play with it. So, “play with it” I did.

I can only remember ever reading one book in my entire life, “Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine.” I was in the 5th grade.

I downloaded the US Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Articles of Confederation. Not actually a book per se, but I read them on the Kindle in no time. I then decided I was ready for something more, something greater. Pride and Prejudice was at the top of the free downloads list for the Kindle, so I downloaded it. I am not a reader, and when I do read, I read slowly. But in less than a week, I had finished the book. I loved it. I am now half way through Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. I love reading!

I am sure glad Santa Claus got my wife a Kindle.

And… I am sure glad she got so many books for Christmas too.