Rediscover Your Bookshelf

My name is Mr. Bookshelf. And I know what you’re thinking: “Oh, just another bookshelf that collects dust.” Actually, not at all. I’m actually quite evolved. In fact, I’ve learned to speak!

A talking bookshelf!? Well yes, what was I supposed to do? Ever since the invention of the smartphone, people have been ignoring me. So much so that I accumulated a thick layer of dust. That’s when I took matters into my own hands and learned to speak. I had to! Really it was the only way to distract you all from your phones. Why spend time with your bookshelf? Think of me as the “daytime equivalent” of a campfire. It’s where you go to reconnect with what’s important in your life. Most of all your Rereadables – i.e. those book you go back to time and time again.

So welcome and pull up a seat: We have a lot of rereading to do!

Time for a Handwriting Workout!

Time for a handwriting workout with Cap’n Killivine. Why? Because in the age of smart phones we’ve all but forgotten the fine art of penning handwritten letters. Do you remember the last time you received a non-bill or non-junk spam in the mail. That’s right, I’m talking about a real bonafide letter from a friend. More than likely its been a long time. And mostly because you’ve spent the past decade texting and emailing each other back and forth. But was there ever a better exercise than handwriting a letter to a friend, by for the writer and the person waiting on the receiving end. That’s where Penmanshape comes into play. A letter can be as rejuvenating as it can be salve for what ails you in life. Granted, a letter will not move mountains, but it can help steer someone, both the writer and the receiver, to a more human level. There’s just something about holding a handwritten letter in your hand. You’ll read over it twice or three times. It’s a gift whenever you get it every time.

Campfire talk attendees
Journey to Campfire Talk

Campfire talks aren’t solo missions. You need attendees. And usually to get to a campfire talk it’s a bit of journey. Sometimes that may involve a leisurely drive in a car. Other times it might involve a strenuous hike. And other times it might involve wading through a creek. What we know for sure is that the campfire is the destination point that they all seek, so that around the crackling flame they can get down to discussing and listening to what is truly important in life. Or maybe it’s just about roasting some marshmallows and making some s’mores. If campfire talks are anything, they are a break from the day in and the day out and the tedium of quotidian life.

Go Hydrology
A Day in the Life of the Water Cycle

Has there ever been a better a topic to talk about around a campfire than the water cycle? Whether its climate, weather moving through, old weather from the past, the state of the aquifer below or what’s happening in the surface water creeks, ponds, and wetlands, understanding the water cycle is a never ending topic of fascination and concern. That’s where Go Hydrology comes in. The water cycle can never be explained in a single sentence, or once and for all. It’s about an ethic of following where the water cycle is at, and at times fixing it when it gets a flat. Cars need maintenance, and so does the water table as well. Most of all, the water cycle is fun. Who doesn’t love to find out more about the watershed and the inner workings of the water cycle where they live. The truth is, the water cycle needs our help. And we need the water cycle’s help to teach us how to live in better harmony with the natural world around us.

Folk Star Bobby Angel
Balladeer of the Nature Folk Movement (NFM)

More than just a singer/songwriter, Bobby Angel is the self-proclaimed leader of the Nature Folk movement (NFM). His mission? To restore nature and music back to their roots. And what not a better place to do it than around the campfire at night with a guitar. Bobby Angel writes and performs songs that strike at the heart of what it means to pursue a more harmonic state with that blue marble we all live on, Planet Earth. The truth about Bobby Angel: He never set out to be a songwriter, let alone a singer. It just happened. How? By day Bobby Angel is just another person in the crowd, struggling to make ends meet. But at night, around the campfire, the silhouette of the natural resource defender takes shape. Truth be told, Bobby Angel also sings a love song or two (or three). But mostly with Bobby Angel, his songs are about the trees and the earth and what we can do to make it a better place. Bobby Angel didn’t invent the folk song, but he did help rescue it from obscurity in the name of protecting the trees.

Candidate Burt Silver
It's a New Dawn with Burt Silver (because he stayed up all night to see it)

His ancestors trace back to the Mongolian Plain. And pass through the Nordic Sea. And after that, quite frankly, we lose track. His mother was a mermaid at Crystal Clear Spring, well, before the spring was polluted by nearby cattle. And his father was an 8th generation timberman, turned rancher turned land developer. While other candidates are making empty promises on TV, Burt Silver is making deals in late night smoky boiler rooms. And winning hard fought negotiations at the card table where, when the chips are down, he bets on himself, and doubles down. Where the real work gets done. It’s a new dawn with Burt Silver, because he stayed up all night to see it. Candidate Burt Silver wants your vote. “I’m Burt Silver and I approve of this message.” Paid for by Burt Silver’s gambling earnings.

Cowboy at the Campfire
Where the campfire's always cracklin' and visitors are always welcome

Welcome to Campfire Park where the campfire’s always cracklin’ and visitors are always welcome. And most of all, where the Cowboy at the Campfire is waiting patiently, and always with a story to tell. Who exactly is the Cowboy at the Campfire? Let’s just say that he has a way about himself. He’s never too rushed, and inquisitive, but never nosey. And yes, he always has a story to tell.

AM Radio Host Buck Buckner
Fear the middle, folks, fear the middle

Radio talk show host Buck Buckner tells listeners to “fear the middle” or rather — “The Fringe Middle” — as he calls the silent majority, in his popular syndicated radio program “In the Bunker.” The thing about Buck. He tells it like it is. Or at least as best as he can explain. And yes, like any radio host he tends to constantly repeat himself.