XingfuMama hosts the Whatsoever Is Lovely Photo Challenge. Thinking back over the past week, self thought of the last time she was in one of her favorite places: Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino.
Books are a special thing of self’s.
Someone was commenting on the bookshop’s newest book display stand:
Self got the name of the people who did the bookshelf: Wood Joint Studio, Fort Bragg.
She doesn’t know why, but wood of all kinds really appeals to self. One afternoon, she called Taimi Barty and asked if it would be okay for her to drop by (because self is such a nosy, nosy writer). And Taimi was the soul of graciousness. Self sped over and met Taimi and Bob, her other half, and self was completely in awe of the space (which was huge. Canoes were hanging from the ceiling).
“Do you build treehouses?” self asked. Which was probably the weirdest question Taimi was ever asked.
And guess what. After self and Taimi had been talking for at least a half hour, self found out that Taimi was a Harvard grad. And she also remembered reading an article on the front page of the Mendocino Beacon in December: the wood shop program at Mendocino High School had just received a grant. The head of the wood shop program was a Harvard grad. Suddenly, the scales fell from self’s eyes and she blurted out: “I read about you on the front page of the Mendocino Beacon! Oh, wow! You’re a rock star!”
And Taimi looked very amused and said, “STOP.”
No, seriously. She is a rock star! Self wishes she could sit in on a wood shop class in Mendocino High School!
So this is her “whatsoever is lovely” share: meeting an unlikely hero, in person, in Fort Bragg.