“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe” ~ Unknown
Poor Richard’s Books in Frankfort, Kentucky is one of the best little bookstores going. I picked up a copy of C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity when we were there after our KHS tour a couple of weeks ago. They have a wide selection of Kentucky authors and great kitschy stuff like adorable finger puppets. And you can’t beat the railroad tracks out front for the ambiance.
“Move forward with ease and confidence instead of doubt and worry.” ~ Dr Anastasia Chopelas
I’m usually so busy this time of year that I rarely enjoy Christmas shopping. At least that’s been true for a decade, give or take a year or two. But today, even though I’m up to my eyeballs in work and feeling super behind with, well, almost everything, I went out to shop. There are some people in my life who are really important, who deserve thoughtful gifts, not just a quick random gift, and I was determined to do well for them. The afternoon did not disappoint. I had the best time Christmas shopping and it reminded me of how good it makes one feel to get just the right thing for those you love. It didn’t hurt that I found this display a bit ironic, unusual, and hilarious. I suppose this is the “spiritual” section. Tiz the season.
“Fill your heart with what’s important and be done with all the rest.” ~ Unknown
Solidago hit the stores tonight and what an honor to be shelved beside Bobbie Ann Mason. Our forth issue made its debut at Brier Books who hosted a launch party to celebrate. Brier Books is also our first brick and mortar store! They’re very focused on Kentucky writers. They happened to be looking to add more journals to their fold the day we walked through the door. Perfect timing.
Though Solidago is not exclusive to Kentucky – we have writers and artists from all over the world – we have had several writers from Kentucky make the cut. Five of those writers were with us tonight to read from their submissions (above: Sean Corbin, Bobby Steve Baker, Pat Holland, Allison Thorpe, and Kimber Gray). Corbin and Thorpe have chapbooks being released in the next few months, and Baker’s latest is already in stock at Brier Books. It was thrilling to hear their beautiful words. Pat Holland’s short story really struck a chord. A former National Geographic employee, she wrote a great piece about Barrow, Alaska, which resonated with me as a one time resident of the polar city. Finally, Kimber Gray closed the evening with her exquisite poetry. I predict great things for this young writer whose works are laced with humor and raw honesty.
The evening would have never happened without Catherine Brereton and Susan Stewart. The journal was their idea, and they inspire me every day, especially when I see the stacks and stacks of writing they sift through after every submission window closes. I feel so fortunate that, out of all the talented people they know, they chose me with whom to partner. I am very, very honored by that, and right proud of what we’ve done so far. But we’re just getting started, and that needs to be true for no other reason than we need better selfies than this one. I love these gals from the bottom of my heart, and I love our little journal.