THE ALARMING PHOTOGRAPHS and videos of the wildfires burning in our western states are jaw-dropping and the stories accompanying them are heart-wrenching. In the summer of 1965 10,000 teen girls gathered in Farragut, Idaho for the Girl Scout Roundup, my sister-in-law and I among them. Besides camping, trading potlatches and attending joyous campfires, we planted trees, thousands of them, tiny evergreen seedlings. Today, 55 years later, are those trees still living, are they threatened? I searched online and discovered that fires are burning in that region. It isn't the first time.
OutWest Shop's Book Guides Wendy and Bobbi Jean hand selected four titles about fires in the West. Bobbi Jean, who always reads with a cup of coffee at the ready, suggests you try a bag of Muertos Coffee
from a company founded by California firefighters. For each bag sold, they donate back to Individuals in Need, Line of Duty Deaths and Victims of Fire.
WITH SCHOOL RESUMING
during this extraordinary year, let’s remember that learning to read and write takes place under many circumstances and at any age. Literacy is a matter of dignity and human rights according to UNESCO, which established September 8
as INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY
more than fifty years ago. To celebrate literacy OutWest Book Guide, Wendy, hand selected four stories with you in mind. Read about two priviledged women who traveled west in 1916 to become teachers in Colorado. Enter the Steamboat School founded by teacher Reverend John Berry Meachum to teach free and enslaved Black students in 1847, Missouri. Meet Mary Walker, who learned to read and write at 114 years old! Is there a teacher who made a difference in your life? Read the tribute to Mr. Falker, the teacher who helped a student learn to read after years of undiagnosed dyslexia.
May You Turn Pages Everyday!
Contributed by Book Guide Wendy
HOIST A COLD ONE! IT'S NATIONAL BEER DAY!
"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and BEER." —Abraham Lincoln
From shirts to books, we've got great suggestions on tap at OutWest Shop for the beer enthusiast.
HOORAY! IT’S READ A BOOK DAY!
If you need an excuse to climb into a hammock, flop on the couch, or draw a bath, you’ve got it. I've got a few "top picks" for you to consider. I'm reading CASTE: THE ORIGINS OF OUR DISCONTENTS
by Isabel Wilkerson right now. Other recommendations are THE LOST AND FOUND BOOK SHOP
by Susan Wiggs and from our "For the Writer and Reader List" THIS IS ONE WAY TO DANCE
by Sherl Shah. From our "Children's Fiction" list is INDIAN NO MORE
winner of the 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Award for Middle Grade Fiction. "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go."
----Children's author and illustrator, Dr. Seuss