Tuesday, June 18, 2013


You know how when you're grieving, it seems like any additional loss just makes you relive the tragedy all over again?  Well, it's happening to me now.


First, we lost Borders, the best bookstore in the world.  The one that always read my mind right before I came in and then had a table ready with all the books it knew I would like laid out in one place.  Usually buy two get one free.

I thought losing Borders was the end all.  The worst possible thing that could happen.  I was wrong.

Because, like other gang-related crime, Borders's death has led to another death.  That of the most wonderful calendar company ever.  Time Mine had calendars that made sense.  With lots of nice places for notes, friendly little sayings, a weekly goal to set for yourself, and gasp! perforated edges so you could always turn to the right week.  And today, I found out that they are going out of business.

And if you're as compulsive as I am, and you have kids, and you refuse to use the calendar on your phone because when the app closes, the appointment no longer exists, and you like pretty colors, this is a tragedy. These two amazing moms put together a sweet little company that made a calendar that made sense for families, but they couldn't keep up with rising printing costs and giant office supply companies squeezing them out.  And because Target can sell a much cheaper product at a much cheaper price.  It's just so, so, so sad.  Are there floods and earthquakes and wars going on?  Yes.  And yes, this is a first world problem.  But it's my problem.

So, go out and support your local, independent business person, whoever they are -- Book People, Galaxy Cafe, Anderson's Coffee for you local folks. Sigh.  I'm just going to be sad for a little while.  At least until my new calendar from Calendars.com gets here.