Day 202 of the "What are you reading, and why?" project, and today I encountered people in search of, and finding, Illinois history and military history books at Babbitt's. And much, much more, including $1 pulp fiction in a bin out front.
It was a very busy weekend in Normal, Illinois, home of the Sweet Corn, Sweet Blues festival, sponsored by WGLT, which also sponsors Poetry Radio!
On the first day, my son and I biked into town and partook in the Good To Go program of free valet bicycle parking. We both signed up for the Trek 7100 bicycle raffle (pictured at the Good to Go link.) We did not actually eat any of the marvelous steamed sweet corn, but we smelled it. It and the kettle corn popcorn. Mmmmm.
On the second day, I went back to the sidewalk sale at Garlic Press, a fabulous kitchen store, and got the little red star ceramic candy or appetizer plates of my heart's desire, bargaining them down to 50 cents a piece. Like a flea market! Or medieval town fair!
I also encountered, in a poem brought to my poetry workshop in the rare book room, a book, a particular book, Saving Jesus from the Church, by Robin Meyers, mentioned (and pictured) earlier in this blog, where Jesus is seen with the usual crown of thorns and an unusual gag of duct tape. Poor him. What lovely irony to encounter those words on a Sunday, in a poem.
As it happens, the author is coming to uppity town Normal October 29-30 to give a free lecture, "Jesus: Galilean Sage or Supernatural Warrior," at 7 p.m., on Friday night, and to conduct a workshop, 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, "The Underground Church: Raising the Body by Corrupting the Empire," both events taking place at Heartland Community College. You can learn more, or sign up for the workshop, at the hosting church, New Covenant Community. Click on the rolling announcement.