After The Summer Solstice

Summer is a good time to sit and reflect on what one has accomplished during the first half of the year and maybe evaluate what one hopes to do in the remaining months. As the summer solstice, the day with the most daylight in the Northern Hemisphere, slips away, there is still ample time to get outdoors and enjoy our natural surroundings. Take time to listen to the birds sing, maybe hear a distant clap of thunder, or catch a fragrance as it passes while you move through the heat of the day. Nature is a universal gift, teeming with life, and one should savor and respected it throughout the seasons.

We all know the saying ‘tempus fugit’ and soon enough the days of extended daylight will become visibly shorter and it will be time to think about that necessary invention known as the "snow shovel." However, before we leap ahead into thoughts of firewood and snow shovels, why not simply enjoy the long days by partaking of your outdoor passions, whether it is a vegetable garden, biking, or tubing down a lazy river. Still, don’t forget to check your bookshelf now to make certain that you will have plenty of books for your reading pleasure though those wintery days when the snows blows against the window panes and a fire is crackling below the mantel. To help one prepare, the editor, who sits at the squeaky roll top, has a full complement of book reviews and reader submitted articles for one to peruse in this issue.  The June issue is packed with reviews on seven new miniatures; there is another FDR miniature, and a very special article about Jane Conneen.

Summertime weather provides an excellent opportunity for travel around the local countryside. Maybe for a bit of antiquing or book sleuthing. One could visit a book fair, a library sale, or discover a “new” old bookstore hidden along the way. Unless one ventures down that “less traveled path,” one will never know what might be found outside the customary points of travel. 

Please consider joining the written part of the “The Microbibliophile” journal by sharing your books, your adventures, and your passion. We are not all Steinbecks or Twains, but we can each tell our story. What matters is the shared experience with readers who share similar passions.

Lastly, thank you for the opportunity to bring The Microbibliophile into your life.