This evening I met a friend at Book Passage where we stood in line to buy Tamalpais Walking, Poetry, History and Prints by Tom Killion and Gary Snyder. That allowed us to stand in another line to reserve a seat. They opened seating at 5:30 and we were early enough to get a seat in the fifth row. Everyone was walking around with the book tucked under their arm, as Mt. Tam watched. I felt like a little kid at a Harry Potter slumber party.
We then went to dinner and met up with some entertaining friends of my friend, and then, returned for the reading which began a little late, because Tom and Gary were in the same restaurant enjoying dinner too.
It was magnificent. Gary Snyder says to enjoy the nature that surrounds you. Observe locally two squirrels, two birds, a wildflower. We don't need to talk or work globally. We need to pay attention to what is right here.
"All paths lead nowhere, so choose a path with heart."
inscribed at the top of the bulletin board at the timberline trailhead where climbers park and set out on the mountaineers route to the summit of Mt. Shasta (noted on site, 27 June 2003.)