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in honor of martin luther king – dreamer and idealist.

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spill simmer falter wither.

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 ‘spill simmer falter wither,’ the debut novel by irish author, sara baume

is a devastating, and at the same time, beautiful, ode to empathy, to humanity and to the outliers of the world.

this is not your usual story of a man and his dog.  

instead, it’s a 200+ page lyrical poem, with a lot of dark moments, and a few glimpses of light.

as it moves through the seasons, you will come to understand what led them to become who they are.

this is the story of a person and an animal

who most people would pass by without giving them a second thought.

after reading this book, i cannot stop thinking about them. 

“i realise that you were not born with a predetermined capacity for wonder, as i’d believed.

i realise that you fed it up yourself from tiny pieces of the world.

i realise it’s up to me to follow your example and nurture my own wonder, morsel by morsel by morsel.”

― sara baume

image credit: marinerbooks.com, sara baume,spill simmer falter wither

“i’m a reflection of the community.” tupac shakur

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amidst the more than a million people without power days

our local library

has been opening at 6am

and closing late

acting without anyone asking

as an ad hoc community center

in order to offer

a safe and welcoming haven to all

full of

electricity and books and computers and games and story times

a friend to all ages

stay as long as you like

take as much as you need

on a morning visit

during my current nomadic existence

i sat with 2 high schoolers

an old couple

college roommates

a gaggle of 3 year olds

and a family

all here for the same reasons

a bit of respite

a cup of coffee

a bite to eat

a wealth of good company

a comfortable chair

and

an awful lot of warmth.

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“a library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people.

it is a never failing spring in the desert.”
― andrew carnegie

caring.

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the playground community

was worried

and

unsure what to do

how to help

there had been an accident

it had happened to one of their own

one’s hair somehow

got wound around

the button of another

the two involved 

sat down next to each other

(no other logistical choice really)

one put her arm around the other

one big one 

helped them to unwind it

one turned away

unsure how to help

one stood by

ready to help

one stood at a safe distance

watching closely

helping by being near

and

in the end

all was well

once more.

without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.

anthony j. d’angelo