Tomorrow is Yom Kippur, the most sacred day in the Jewish Calendar. We spend the day fasting so there will be no #booksellersbreakfast •
I will be thinking about the past year and the things I could have done differently or better. We will also be thinking of those we have loved and have lost. This year in Hay, three close friends have died: Eugene Fisk the artist, Rhona Muirhead, one of the founders of the Hay Festival and just about the most creative and generous person I have ever met and lastly Christine Turnbull, who for many years was my closest friend. I miss them and wish I had spent more time with them when they were alive. Though my life often seems busy it is important to remember to share time those you love.
This morning, an aunt of mine died in Indiana. Milly Brichto was a beloved sister-in-law to my much younger father. She helped foster in him a love of poetry and literature which in turn was passed on to me. He often spoke of how Milly told him the story of Oscar Wilde’s Happy Prince. He never forget it and often retold it to us - his children. We in turn have read it to our children. Myths, stories and religion have been created to help us live more fulfilled and less destructive lives. I am lucky to have had family and friends that have enriched my life in the past and I know this will continue. Happy New Year and well over the fast to anyone celebrating but also much love to the many generous and knowledgeable, book-loving friends (of all religions or no religion) that I have met through IG.
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