Today it isn’t such a panic. Because last Christmas Eve she died. As she was being laid to rest on a rainy day, not a block away from our old home, the entire story of our lives quickly passed through our minds, like a great documentary film. Only a few feet away from her grave was where we’d jumped over the nearby fence to play football before people were buried there. Or we’d hit a few golf shots into the cemetery from back of our shed—if the caretaker wasn’t watching.
Longer nights and colder days are ideal for curling up inside in a comfy chair with a mug of hot chocolate and a good book. Basin Book Trader Owner Karli Fussell has some excellent suggestions for winter reading.
Amy Rooks, a local author of children’s books, grew up and has lived her entire life in the Klamath Basin. As an educator, counselor and principal in Klamath County Schools, she knew what appealed to children. Rhyming poetry, familiar topics, and imaginative illustrations are key components in her books. Rooks also emphasized the importance of reading to children. Rooks was inspired by her granddaughter who asked her to write her stories in a book. The result was “Why Can’t I Know the Secret?” and “The Zoo Animals Race…I Won! Didn’t I?”