For Ron’s birthday, we went to Baltimore for an early celebration. Enjoyed the symphony. Ate delicious food at the Black Olive restaurant, a romantic spot tucked along the cobblestone streets of Fells Point (the menu is a display of fish on ice – you pick out your little fellow and he’s filleted table side). Stayed overnight at an adorable Inn (owned by the same family that runs the restaurant). And to top it all off, we found The Book Thing.
The Book Thing is a huge warehouse full of books that the owner gives away for free (to keep). Volunteers collect and sort the donated books. The owner’s mission is to take orphaned books and put them into the hands of those who want them. Tonight I’m finishing up Only a Little Time: A Memoir of My Wife by Sidney L. Werkman (Little Brown, 1972). Ron chose a 1,237-page book on the history of the world. He says he’s going to tackle it in small chunks.