“Dump and Run,” a verse posted here yesterday about a recycling program at the University of Illinois, was inspired by a student recycling program of the University YMCA. Today Steve follows it up with another experience from his years as Executive Director at the University Y.
Verse – The Book
The author, Richard Powers, said he would
not sign the book he wrote because he felt
all books were sacred objects. But, he could,
to help the campus Y, compose a note
explaining this, sign that, and we could sell
them both at our grand charity auction.
I owned his first book (can one own a holy
thing?) and all the rest, including one
that claimed a national award. I told
the staff I would not give them up. We bought,
on-line, a first edition, “Mint,” and sold
it to the richest person there. He caught
the spirit, made an altar…when he needs
a god, he lights a candle and he reads.
- Steve Shoemaker, Urbana, IL