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Catalog 216 – March, 2012


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well – several cords of wood later – weather is a regular topic of lockerroom & hottub chat here in new England – mark twain’s bit about the man who traveled the world collecting weather types then spent an afternoon here comes to mind – it’s often ‘if you like it, just wait a minute’ – of late the extremes seems to be ramping up a trifle – we had more snow last October than any month since – maybe the whole bunch – managed 2 consecutive trips to Wendell state forest in late January – otherwise the skis have been on stand-by – northfield mountain has not opened at all – notchview in Windsor & prospect mountain in woodford Vermont in the hills & mountains west of here have had spotty seasons & i have not had the leisure – it rains, the ground is bare – a season of biking & jogging over taylor hill in the cold – miles in the pool at Hampshire athletic club – many seem to have written off winter – will it have the last laugh? – life continues within a minor hub defined by the woodstove – heat can be such a magnet – bed to kitchen to dining table to work station to reading chair all with a few steps – got a a few week’s wood on the side porch, perhaps bit more than another carload out back – may last til the end of march – the last of the apples – macouns kept best – baked in a crisp with cranberries & walnuts – the butternut squash all started showing spots simultaneously – pared & cooked – might be 20 lbs Yukon gold potatoes on deck – canned tomatoes went quickly & corn, beans, greens from the freezer bulking out winter chili & stew – plenty of pesto awaits – 215 hit the streets mid-december – pretty tight to the holidays – made life extra hectic – made wreaths for the public side of the house, went with edie for a ten buck tree top of taylor hill, got ‘er up & decorated (the tree) – zach rolled into the area – we got my brother from Middleboro & headed to Cumberland, ri & franklin, ma to visit relatives on the irish & Italian sides, xmas eve dinner at lorenzo’s, stroll about the natal village, off to masi gathering in Winchester – brought a bread pudding – gift swap expanded to zach & grown cousins, my usual sack of comestibles & potables upstaged by flying machines & shiny toys – new year’s eve & day did party scene with edie in Greenwich, ny & thereabouts – hello 2012 – papermania in Hartford – an’ how about that next catalog – which after 215 have yet to learn to self-produce – deep & diverse online resources making for interesting investigations, certainly not speeding the process – mariab mired in renewals, herding the unherdable – met Tuesday at the commonwealth museum in boston – home of the state archive – handed the mariab gavel to our new president, tom nealon of pazzo books in west Roxbury – i stayed on as veep to keep ‘er doin’ – zach had 5 interviews for residency in orthopedic surgery – erie, pittsburg, long island, Philadelphia, Monmouth, nj – now awaits match day with hopes of good news for his next 5 years, finished rotations at Monmouth, then assisted anatomy course at Drexel, will do few weeks of research & head to Israel & Egypt for 6 weeks, return to become m.d. & hopefully begin a residency – looking ahead, ‘we’ will exhibit at the Allentown paper show april 28-9 & mariab sponsored boston book, paper & photo expo & sale may 5 in Wilmington & ticknor society bookseller showcase june 9, Sheraton commander hotel, Cambridge – happy to see you & provide more information – herein you’ll note several pages of African-americana – discards from library of scholar August meier from university of Massachusetts – much of the usual arcane & eclectic, sprinkled with selections from stashes intended for specialized productions which began to appear suicidal from business aspect – literature, travel, world war, Williams college – of which there is much in reserve to spice future offerings – your attention & selections received with gratitude . . .

at your service –

peter

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Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair

Sunday, October 16, Smith Vocational School, Northampton, Massachusetts, 10 am - 4 pm.

Peter L. Masi – books and some sixty-plus (in more ways than one) colleagues will display & hope to displace some of your discretionary funds, fine, old, rare, unusual, antiquarian, vintage, whatever books, pamphlets, broadsides, photographs, postcards, autographs, posters, prints, manuscripts, you get the picture. You’re invited!

Check website for coupon for $1 off admission.

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Catalog 214 – Back to School & See You in September

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well – winters walk & summers run – this one no exception – august seems to fill & evaporate as the end of summer looms – furnace still off, dehumidifiers on – 4 cords of wood stacked for winter – weather platter continues – too hot, too dry, too wet, just right – garden is producing – been picking green & wax beans & cucumbers down the street – amethyst brook plot yielded mesclun mix, snow peas & beets, collards, arugula, zucchini, good crop of onions, basil – some pesto already frozen – corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, yellow squash, escarole coming on – pole bean plants heading skywards – winter squash plants covering the ground –should be set for food – rented a van & headed to Philadelphia late june – loaded zach’s belongings from his room in manayunk – checked out the mutter museum & had early dinner & headed back – zach came up for a few days – helped stack the wood – helped tune his bike – he headed back for 4-week orthopedic surgery rotation at Hahnemann hospital then to pittsburg for another at Allegheny – there now & loving it – turned 58 early august – dinner with edie at 111 in Greenwich – montague center old home days & papermania coincide this year – but both shrinking over time & old home days will be singular, not plural this year – no events on Friday nite – which used to be the entertainment for my annual neighborhood porch party – i’ll be in Hartford – goodbye porch party – hello papermania – mariab will meet in Shelburne falls in September & sponsor pioneer valley book & paper fair in Northampton on Sunday October 16 – when not cataloging or weeding get on my bike or in the pool or just jog over taylor hill – another basic mixed bag here – recent acquisitions from here & there & the end is not in sight . . .

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