Jan Stafford Kellis

Bookworm Books

How many books would a bookworm read if a bookworm could read all day? There were 34 books on the table at our last Bookworms Anonymous meeting, and a few of us still have a backlog on our shelves. This was the meeting to which I contributed one lonely book…

Bookworms Anonymous Meetings Changing?

At our last Bookworms Anonymous meeting last week, our hostess served crab cakes, a rice & veggie side dish, a killer green salad with apples, and ice cream topped with frozen wild blueberries she picked last year. Then she admitted she’d prefer to revert to serving only hors d’oeuvres, which…

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

My husband invited me to lunch today and on the way there (we were each driving our own trucks, following each other) I realized I didn’t have my purse with me. The restaurant doesn’t take credit cards so I called my date and asked him if he had any cash, as I had no checkbook or any other way to pay for lunch. “I have cash,” he assured me.

We ate lunch and he walked up to pay the bill ($22.47), but when he opened his wallet there were only seven dollars inside, lined up and ready to leap out. “Oops,” he said. “I forgot I spent some of my cash on beer last night.” Famous last words.

Luckily, we live in the UP where everyone knows everyone else, and in our town, everyone knows we pay our bills every time on time. The waitress/owner didn’t even shrug. “That’s fine,” she said, “just stop in and pay later today or sometime this week. Remember we’re closed tomorrow.” She didn’t even glance at the sign on the wall reading “Absolutely No Credit”. Those words only apply to people from away.

Literary jokes

We filed into our monthly book club meeting the other night, arranging ourselves around an already-set, handsomely staged table before noticing the bright paper kites strewn from end to end and pasted with witty sayings or jokes. What a fabulous way to begin a meeting! We took turns passing the…

E-reading

I’m traveling in Italy, my first time in Europe, and something strange has happened. The book I brought with me proved unworthy of my attention so I downloaded an ebook from Kindle. Now I’m having trouble tearing my eyes from the screen to witness the gorgeous scenery passing by the…