Libraries and Julia C. Steele

My mother loved libraries

and so did I. We went to two

every single week. Derby Neck

Ansonia Public and both of us

would take as many books as we

could carry. Julia C. Steele would

recommend books to me but she

did not get the idea of children very

much and she’d give me a dry

and factual summary of the plot

even if the plot involved wild leaps

of fantasy Julia C. Steele would reduce

those leaps to page numbers. On page 15

she’d often begin but I listened closely

because she was actually

my next door neighbor she’d gone to grammar and high school

with my father and although she was not

in any sense of the word A Looker she fell in love

late in life although she was probably just 40 I was

10 at the time with a woman who was an

Abby Lane double  I wondered if they exchanged

plot summaries or if Julia

did all the summarizing

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. Esther… Thank you for yet another delight. You are a brilliant writer.
    Hope you and Peter are well. Peace and happiness.

  2. Thank you for your very generous words Bob Barna. It means a lot to me.
    We are in the country for a little while. I’m finishing a novel and he is working on a new documentary about Getting Older. All of us. xxx to you both

  3. My wife retired from the position of president of a small town library with plenty of problems. My sister remembers going to the Ellenville public library with explicit directions to get a book of light fiction for my mother. And I remember finding THE NEW REPUBLIC on the shelves of the library at the Maxwel school with an offer to send 50 issues to students and servicemen for five dollars which was something to fill my mailbox. – and it opened up worlds to me.
    I love any. library

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