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meower

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Posted: Jan 18, 2011 - 1:27pm

A guy I grew up with's teenage son just died of Leukemia.  So sad for the family. 
buzz

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Posted: Jan 7, 2011 - 10:46pm

 BlueHeronDruid wrote:

Our little town supports 5 independent bookstores. Freaking hippies!
 
meh...who needs bookstores when you can read this.


BlueHeronDruid

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Posted: Jan 7, 2011 - 10:17pm

 buzz wrote:

and the big stores like Barnes and Noble killed the mom and pop stores. evolution at work.

 
Our little town supports 5 independent bookstores. Freaking hippies!

cookinlover

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Posted: Jan 7, 2011 - 10:14pm

 buzz wrote:

and the big stores like Barnes and Noble killed the mom and pop stores. evolution at work.

 
{#High-five}

buzz

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Posted: Jan 7, 2011 - 4:45pm

 triskele wrote:


the walden books store in our big mall here is closing, too.  and i heard the other day that barnes and noble is struggling.    the internet is killing brick and mortar book stores....very sad.



 


and the big stores like Barnes and Noble killed the mom and pop stores. evolution at work.
lily34

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Posted: Jan 7, 2011 - 3:45pm

 triskele wrote:

many of us here understand that pets are members of the family, and that we grieve when they die.  it is nothing to be discounted or brushed off.  it's real love, and it's real grief.  peace to you.
 
best words i've seen about it. so true.
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Posted: Jan 7, 2011 - 3:39pm

 rowdydaisy wrote:
Thank you all for your kind words.

 
sorry to hear about your dog {#Hug}
triskele

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Posted: Jan 7, 2011 - 3:30pm

 rowdydaisy wrote:
Thank you all for your kind words.

 
many of us here understand that pets are members of the family, and that we grieve when they die.  it is nothing to be discounted or brushed off.  it's real love, and it's real grief.  peace to you.

triskele

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Posted: Jan 7, 2011 - 3:29pm

 hippiechick wrote:

Closing of Borders on Mag Mile a sad chapter

Mary Schmich

January 7, 2011


 

Thursday was a great day at Borders on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Great, that is, for anyone in the market for two dozen cheap copies of "Full Frontal Nudity" by the actor Harry Hamlin.

For anyone looking for a real bookstore, the black-and-yellow signs in the windows told a sad story: ENTIRE STORE ON SALE! EVERYTHING MUST GO!

By Saturday, Borders' marquee Chicago store, at 830 N. Michigan Ave., will be closed for good. And — here's what I think is the real news — the city's premier shopping street will be without any bookstore for the first time in decades.

"I'm sad it's leaving," said Brooke Stoltz, 38, a property manager who loved having a bookstore near her office, even though the book she came looking for on Thursday was long gone. "I'm becoming more of a reader," she said. "When good things are easier, you do them more."

By Thursday, the cavernous old Borders was more rummage sale than bookstore. Yellow tape, the kind ordinarily seen at crime scenes, cordoned off empty shelves, racks and tables that once bore the weight of millions of bound words. All fixtures were for sale. The shelves near the front door, once occupied by best-sellers, now flaunted such obscure titles as "El Asesor del Presidente," a Spanish-language biography of former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Price: 5 cents. "While Supplies Last," the sign said. No one was buying.

Borders was hardly a landmark on par with the old limestone Water Tower that stands just outside the store's windowed walls. It had occupied its prime corner for only 16 years, barely a blip in Chicago history.

But 16 years is half an eternity in retail time, and Borders had come to seem as basic to the street as traffic. Back in 1995, when it opened, spinning through its revolving doors was like stepping into a literary Oz, a unique place that, even though part of a chain, pulsed with ideas, people, cappuccino. Even people who sniffled that it was killing smaller bookstores — most memorably the cozy shop just up the street run by the legendary Stuart Brent — came for the books and the buzz.

I spent hours in the basement perusing travel books. Hours in the second-floor cafe reading the newspaper. Hours listening to CDs up on three. I discovered the poetry of Billy Collins in its first-floor poetry section. I bought stuff.

But now? The last time I went there, a couple of months ago, I sat in the cafe with my laptop and a cup of tea, bookless, next to patrons doing the same. Several appeared to be homeless.

"We're not allowed to comment on the store closing," said one of the clerks when I asked Thursday, though it has been reported that the store wasn't hitting its profit goals.

The national Borders PR person didn't return my call, perhaps because she has been busy with the recent news of Borders' widespread financial problems.

"Whenever I come here, there's always people in here," said Ignacio Depa, a sophomore at Walter Payton College Prep who comes regularly, mostly to study. He and a friend were cloistered on the floor in a bare corner, working on geometry. "I assume business isn't as great as it looks. I'll miss it."

A lot of people will. But money has no romance with the past. The economy is always shifting. Topshop, a British fashion retailer, is reportedly moving in to the Borders space. Still, I can't help but feel that Chicago's top street without a bookstore is like a bookshelf without a book. mschmich@tribune.com



 

the walden books store in our big mall here is closing, too.  and i heard the other day that barnes and noble is struggling.    the internet is killing brick and mortar book stores....very sad.


rowdydaisy

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Posted: Jan 7, 2011 - 3:11pm

Thank you all for your kind words.
jadewahoo

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Posted: Jan 7, 2011 - 12:45pm

 oldviolin wrote:


Boy do I understand this, and dread the day when I allow myself...
It is all relative. Hold onto those other two as long as they'll let you.{#Good-vibes}

It equates with the day we lost John Denver. 


oldviolin

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Posted: Jan 7, 2011 - 12:44pm

 rowdydaisy wrote:
My dog died on Sunday.

It sounds insignificant compared to the death of a human but I guess it all relative. We were dependent on each other. I have two other dogs but I know I will never have a connection like I did to that dog. I don't have children so he was my furchild.

 

Boy do I understand this, and dread the day when I allow myself...
It is all relative. Hold onto those other two as long as they'll let you.{#Good-vibes}
Painted_Turtle

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Posted: Jan 7, 2011 - 12:26pm

 rowdydaisy wrote:
My dog died on Sunday.

It sounds insignificant compared to the death of a human but I guess it all relative. We were dependent on each other. I have two other dogs but I know I will never have a connection like I did to that dog. I don't have children so he was my furchild.

 
I'm so sorry.  There's nothing insignificant about it.  I lost our 15 yr old family dog twenty years ago and we still think & talk about him.  Such great memories & stories. Each one of our fur buddies is important.  They love us and we love them.

I'm so sorry for your loss.  I know how deeply it hurts to lose them.

{#Hug}
emeraldrose63

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Posted: Jan 7, 2011 - 12:18pm

 rowdydaisy wrote:
My dog died on Sunday.

It sounds insignificant compared to the death of a human but I guess it all relative. We were dependent on each other. I have two other dogs but I know I will never have a connection like I did to that dog. I don't have children so he was my furchild.

 

I'm so sorry for your loss. {#Hug}
Manbird

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Posted: Jan 7, 2011 - 12:15pm

 rowdydaisy wrote:
My dog died on Sunday.

It sounds insignificant compared to the death of a human but I guess it all relative. We were dependent on each other. I have two other dogs but I know I will never have a connection like I did to that dog. I don't have children so he was my furchild.
 
I completely understand this.


melissab

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Posted: Jan 7, 2011 - 12:13pm

 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:


Well that's horrible.
 
AWFUL and shocking.
musik_knut

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Posted: Jan 7, 2011 - 12:12pm

 rowdydaisy wrote:
My dog died on Sunday.

It sounds insignificant compared to the death of a human but I guess it all relative. We were dependent on each other. I have two other dogs but I know I will never have a connection like I did to that dog. I don't have children so he was my furchild.

 
{#Hug} I have buried too many dogs that were such a part of my life...and I cried each time. Stay strong.

rickhoran

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Posted: Jan 7, 2011 - 12:03pm

 rowdydaisy wrote:
My dog died on Sunday.

It sounds insignificant compared to the death of a human but I guess it all relative. We were dependent on each other. I have two other dogs but I know I will never have a connection like I did to that dog. I don't have children so he was my furchild.

 
i have never cried harder than when i put my yellow lab (of 13 years) down 5 years ago, that includes all the relatives and human friends that have died in the 50 years of my life.

RASPUTIN

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Posted: Jan 7, 2011 - 12:03pm

 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:


Well that's horrible.

 

Sure is.
KurtfromLaQuinta

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Posted: Jan 7, 2011 - 12:01pm

 RASPUTIN wrote: 

Well that's horrible.
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