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Rachel
About My Library

My library is eclectic, a mixture of hand-me-down books, books I've collected, books from college, special interest books, etc... All books listed in my library are books which I physically own. Though I've read many of the books, the rest remain in the ever-growing "to be read" pile which I remain endeavored to conquer one day.

It was my paternal grandfather who instilled in me a love of reading, but deeper also, an appreciation for the book. Childhood memories abound of sitting upon his knee as he read aloud, "Are You My Mother?" by P.D. Eastman (among many others). Later in childhood, I distinctly remember being gifted a book from his personal collection - Dickens' A Christmas Carol. A cherished occasion, meaningful in the moment and ever more so now than ever before. When I long to hear his voice again, I can clench the volume, read the pages and memories flood as though it were yesterday.

From this time, coupled with an adolescent interest in interior design, this fueled the dream of having a personal library in my home. Fast forward to seasoned adulthood, I am nearly there, though not quite as fanciful as in my daydreams of years gone by. There are four tall, matching bookcases, completely filled, and many other tomes, texts and treatises scattered amidst my humble abode. Despite an approaching relocation pending in the not-so-far-off distance, I’m finally feeling encouraged to catalog, as they’ll likely (and sadly) end up in storage for a period of time.


About Me

A lifelong bibliophile 📚 - I love books, the scent of books, the texture of the pages and the thrill of discovery when reading what is hidden within the pages. My imagination is brimming with ancient and beautiful tomes, a comfortable chair with a warm cat 🐈 curled on my lap and my current read 📘 in hand.

Originally from Michigan (and a true Michigander at heart) my interests over the years have been in animal rescue, design, gardening 🌸, genealogy, philosophy of religion 🕊️ (what people believe and why), esoteric spirituality and mysticism 🧿, culture, books and literature (of many genres), theurgy and thaumaturgy, dungeons and dragons 🐉, ancient and modern druidry, medieval history, the knights templar ⚔️, biology / DNA, rocks and crystals, wildlife 🦌, hiking, nature and the great outdoors 🌲. In 1997, I climbed Mt. Chocorua 🏔️ in the White Mountains in New Hampshire with a group of friends. One of the greatest experiences in my life (and one I very nearly did not achieve). I love to learn, a perpetual student for life.

I studied Interior Design in college, ended up working in the business side of the healthcare industry working for a company that develops medical billing software. Got involved with yoga 🧘‍♀️ in 2017 which led me on an amazing and unexpected journey both internally and externally. My yoga teacher encouraged me to go through yoga teacher training through which I learned about the Sikh religion. Made friends with a Sikh family in Amritsar, India and traveled outside of the U.S. for the first time in my life to visit them. Flew into Delhi, stayed at a beautiful bed-and-breakfast, rode the train 🚂 to Amritsar, visited the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) 🛕 several times, got more sick than I’ve ever been in my whole life, and enjoyed authentic Punjabi food. Found myself completely fascinated with the religion and culture and now learning Punjabi/ Gurmukhi. Waheguru!


“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better,” -- Einstein to Margot Löwenthal Einstein (step-daughter) after his sister's Maja's death, 1951


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Kirjakauppoja: Annie's Book Stop, Avenue Victor Hugo Books, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Clearwater, Books-A-Million #749, Bookstop - Countryside Village, Borders - Clearwater, Haslam's Book Store, Inkwood Books, Magus Books (Seattle), Miskatonic Books, Mortlake & Company, Oxford Exchange, Portkey Books, Squirreled Away Books, The Guilded Page, Toadvine Books

Kirjastoja: Archivum Secretum Vaticanum | Vatican Secret Archives, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican Library), Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, Bodleian Library, Boston Public Library, Bridgeville Public Library, British Museum - Central Library, Centennial Park Branch Library, Clearwater Main Library, Detroit Public Library, Largo Public Library, Library of Congress, Madison Heights Public Library, Madison Heights Public Library, New Port Richey Public Library, Palm Harbor Library, Philosophical Research Society Library, Schiller International University Library - Dunedin, Tarpon Springs Library, USF Library - Tampa, Yale University - Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library (BRBL)

Muut: St Petersburg Festival of Reading, 31st Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, Ouroboros Press

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