Welcome to The Toymaker’s Bookish, Autumn Newsletter!

"Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow."
— Lawrence Clark Powell


Paperdoll Friends!

"A friend is a gift you give yourself."
— Robert Louis Stevenson

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Do you like a good book? So do I!

Here are some bookmarks with my favorite quotes about reading.


“Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere. "
~ Jean Rhys




Hello and hello!


When I was in college I took a class on teaching and I actually learned something.

The textbook for the class defined learning as “the stretching of one’s small, narrow experience to include the whole experience of man.” I was twenty years old and “small, narrow experience” pretty much summed up who I was. The whole world, past and future, stretched out in all directions for me to explore, which was very exciting.

The book talked about ways to develop breadth, how teachers could avoid becoming stagnant and boring. Halfway through my student teaching I discovered that being a teacher was not the job for me. (I discovered this at the exact moment one of my students got his hand stuck in a guitar… but that is another story.) But I did take away this little list of seven things, which I’ve carried in my wallet for years.

1. Wide reading outside one’s special area,
2. Cultivation of associates and friends outside one’s special area,
3. Varied recreational and cultural participation,
4. Travel,
5. A cultivation of broad interests,
6. A persistent relationship with the world of nature,
7. Activity that lifts one out of self and narrow self-concern, e.g. service or worship.

I hope this list of seven things encourages you to stretch a little, read a new book, make a new friend, listen to music or see a play, learn a new skill, go for a walk somewhere there are trees, and do something nice for someone.

Best thoughts,


"O terque quaterque beatum”
We are three or four times blessed.





"— I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. ~Lily Tomlin as "Edith Ann"



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"Congratulate yourselves if you have done something strange and extravagant and broken the monotony of a decorous age." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


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"Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods."

~ Aristotle