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Shelf Stable: April 10
“Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.”
 – Lorraine Hansberry from A Raisin in the Sun

March 1993. I was 26 and had just said my final goodbye to my still young and alert father. We were all in the ICU; they were turning off machines and removing the ventilator. The bone marrow transplant had failed. I was wild with grief and dread and started repeating the beginning of Reinhold Neibuhr's serenity prayer.  God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change … Something touched the top of my head and a stark and strange, physical feeling moved slowly, like a rolling pin, down my entire body. I was instantly calm, comforted and happy in a completely otherworldly way. The peace which passeth all understanding had been granted. I was astonished by and grateful for what I was experiencing, and it lasted for the hours needed to take care of my shattered family. To get us safely home. The experience was unforgettable, transformative and sustains me to this day.

Today is Good Friday before Easter and part of a very holy time encompassing Passover and Ramadan. A time for God - especially as we are facing anxiety and death worldwide. I hope you have books and prayers and experiences that confirm that you are not alone. That you are loved and heard and do not need to live in fear.

I've been recalling books that helped me find what feels true about a loving creator and assured me of reunions with loved ones in life after death. Books that affirm that those who have died still have ways of connecting with us on earth. Books that have eased my fears. Here are a few:  Embraced By the Light  by Betty J. Eadie.  Opening Heaven's Door  by Patricia Pearson.  Proof of Heaven  by Eben Alexander.  The Book of Joy  by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. I am reading the gospels from  The New Oxford Annotated Bible . And when tired of looking for the divine in a book written by too many humans, I turn to the  The Lost Gospel of Q , Markus Borg Editor (currently out of print, unfortunately).

I'm not looking to convert, rather to offer solace. The wonderful AA saying comes to mind. Take what you need and leave the rest.

Peace, Molly @ PSB
An Event You Don't Have to Miss
Need some inspiration?
We all know these hills are alive with the sound of turkey gobbles and coyote calls as they reclaim their rightful territory, but also with birdsong.

As I’ve been sitting inside, I’ve been listening to the calls of the birds in the branches around my house. By sight, I can identify a few; a red-breasted robin is always easy to spot. But I can’t identify a single bird call. (Aside from those gobbles, of course.) It’s the same with plants; I know my daffodils and crocuses, but there are so many new blooms and unfurled leaves that I can’t put a name to. It’s tough to get to a trail when you can’t leave your house, but who says you can’t start birding or identifying plants (Planting? Flowering? Stamen-seeking? Green stuff hunting?) where you are?

Break out some old field guides or check out  Mass Audubon's website  and figure out what grows next to your stoop or squawks from your power lines.
Bedtime Stories
Aha! Treasure from the vaults -- we were able to recover video of Strega Meaghanonna reading from Calvino's Italian Folktales!
Meet us over at our Instagram story at 8:45pm for tonight's live reading with Shana!
Support Cafe Zing baristas!
Although Cafe Zing is its own business separate from ours, we really don't see it that way: Zing workers are part of the Porter Square Books family. They keep us well supplied - very well supplied - with caffeine, kindness, and some great tunes. Sometimes they give us staff picks; sometimes we give them exact change because we've bought the same, perfect, comforting, delicious beverage twice a day five days a week for how long, now?

They're our family, and they could use a hand. If you are able, please considering donating to the Cafe Zing GoFundMe; 100% of proceeds go to baristas. What might you have spent at Zing over the past weeks if it we were in normal times? If that $10 is still in your wallet, consider putting it in their tip jar. We love you, Zing!
Featured Staff Pick For Kids
Sunny by Celia Krampien

A colorful, silly story about a girl who makes the best of everything. A good story for looking on the bright side of things. --Stacey

We have a winner!
Thanks for your Literary Apocalypse Team submissions! And the winner is...

Brandy's team!

"Julie, of Code Name Verity  
Remains calm and controlled in extraordinary circumstances. Excellent at misdirecting rival groups to protect her own. Decisive. Very, very good at making the enemy underestimate her. Her skill at information warfare will keep other groups from tangling with us unnecessarily.

The Man, of The Road
The Man has nothing but perseverance and faith that he will find a better life for his son. He may make some questionable decisions (like choosing the most dangerous route to travel), but he is skilled in foraging for supplies and shelter. He understands that the world is irreparably changed, but also knows that that doesn't mean the world is over. At a day-to-day level he'll be a downer, but his single-minded devotion to moving forward will be our model of strength in the face of adversity.  

Mark Watney, of The Martian
This guy understands resource management in a deeply visceral way. His botany background allows him to grow crops from relatively nothing. He can MacGyver a solution to nearly any problem--mechanical, botanical, logistical. Watney's inclusion in our Apocalypse Compound renders the rest of us useless and irrelevant, and he knows it better than any of us, but he maintains that he couldn't bear the loneliness if we weren't around. It's a polite fiction, but we choose to believe it anyway.

Brandy, you impressed the heck out of us with this one! Our people will be in touch with your people concerning your ~winnings~.
Audio Book Of The Month
Deacon King Kong by James McBride

“Deacon King Kong is a quintessential New York story. Set in the Brooklyn projects in 1969, a perpetually inebriated deacon called Sportcoat aims a gun at the neighborhood’s main drug dealer in the public plaza and pulls the trigger. Incredibly well-constructed and hilarious at times, McBride’s story entwines a number of storylines that are kickstarted by this central event. The local Italian gangster, the veteran cop, the meddling churchgoers, and the drug pushers all have their own agendas, hopes, and dreams that are affected. And though Sportcoat doesn’t remember his actions and is always under the influence of gut-rot moonshine, I couldn’t help but root for him as I was reading this. His delightful ineptitude and absence of clarity made this book impossible for me to put down. If you’ve never read McBride before, this is a great introduction.”
--Stuart McCommon, Novel.
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