Saturday, February 2, 2019
Books in the mountains
On the Road Again in Tennessee and Georgia in 2011. The little town of Trenton, GA, located at the border of Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee, had one second-hand bookstore. We stopped several times but their inventory was not extensive. A while back I remembered that bookstore and called them to see if they would be interested in purchasing some of our books. It turned out that the store had been sold and the new owner was eager to buy books to replenish his stock. Last September I brought 100 western paperbacks to Trenton from my husband's collection. I brought more books in November, December, and last week in January. Below is a picture of the bookstore with a view of the town around it (Trenton population is approx. 2,500.) Trenton is in a valley in the Appalachian foothills surrounded by mountains: Lawson Mountain, Fox Mountain, Windy Mountain, Little Cedar Mountain, Raccoon Mountain, Lookout Mountain and more.
"Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials."
I know my late husband would be pleased to have his books brought to the North Georgia Mountains where interested readers would have access to them, but I also know that he would approve of my taking a needed rest from all the book sorting. Here is another quote from Lin Yutang:
"If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live."
I certainly can stop as of an afternoon, relax and have a cup of tea while perusing an old book, of course, before deciding what to do with it, and not feel guilty. Below is "Quiet Pleasures" painted by Gustave Max Stevens, Belgian 1871-1946.