Morning Meanderings… Minnesota Authors
Monday. As I lay in bed this morning thinking through my day it suddenly came to me that it was Monday and Monday’s in June and July are Brown Bag Author events at the Brainerd Public Library. Something I am a part of.
… and I almost forgot.
There is not a lot to be done for the Brown Bag Author prep however it does need to be done and I am pretty sure I am signed up to do it today. Basically it is show up at about 10:30 and set up the room by putting out the podium, chairs, a signing table for the author, a place for the books, bottled water, make coffee, put out a treat of cookies or bars, and set up the table of Friends Of The Brainerd Public library stuff. Around 11:30 our author who is speaking will show up and they will be shown where they will be speaking, signing, etc… at noon we begin.
These author events are called Brown Bag Authors because people are welcome to bring their lunch with them. The authors are paid for by my group, The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library so this is a free event to the public.
Today’s author is Paul Radomski and his book is Lakeshore Living, a topic that should be of interest to those of us in the Brainerd Lakes area who enjoy cabins on the lake. I was reading up on his book this morning and thought it sounded interesting. Here is what it is about:
The authors present an approach to lakeshore living that addresses the need to create rich, sustainable places and communities on the water, where both the loon and the family find a place, and where the cabin can be handed down with integrity to the grandchildren. Fragile shorelands require care, and that caring comes from knowledge, experience, and an environmental ethic. Radomski and Van Assche argue that an environmentally sensitive lakeshore place and community design is the way forward. While many factors affect the quality of lakes and lakeshore living, property owners and local communities do not have to wait until policies are perfect: the design approach advocated here can be applied in any place people living lakeside can get together and collaborate. The approach presented here is proactive and context sensitive: new designs have to fit the existing ecological, cultural, and policy landscapes. Development is always re-development in this sense. The authors introduce the reader step-by-step to this approach and carefully discuss leverage points that can be helpful in implementation and system change.
Last week our author was Lorna Landvik and I enjoyed listening to her. Lorna is a fun author and is also the Emcee of Wine and Words for the third year in a row. She also has become a friend through out the years. I have her latest book, Last To Laugh but still need to read it.
As for the big stuff going on in my life… I seriously wake up every day and think, It just can’t be. I still struggle wrapping my head around this new world.