Thanks; my one and only! And yours?
> Has she helped you select some of your books.
Kate influences just about everything I do these days, and she has certainly affected my reading, both before and after she was born. Standard books on pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting, and later, picture books, 'I-Can-Read' books, and now things like Silverstein and Dahl, Watterson and Carroll, and, most recently, Issac Singer. The poetry books are more or less 'textbooks' for the things I write for her now... :-)
We've gotten many excellent selections from the wonderful people here, some of which are on her own shelf (ktgirl); I've also gotten souvenirs from people around the US and several foreign countries! As Kate would say: "Way Cool!"
I'm glad to know both Smith and J Michaels are still around; in the early 90's Smith's had a small eating area ('lite fare', and coffee, of course) at the front of the store - that's also where the tee-shirt came from. By all means, get your neighbor to come aboard here and at ABE (or Amazon). It would be a great asset to have someone in the book business join us (actually, I assume there are already such members, but I'm not familiar with them yet).
Yes, I have a book on dealing with the death of a son: 'Only Spring', by Gordon Livingston. True story, that, and a very sad one, unfortunately...