My book room features floor-to-ceiling shelves loaded with books, books and more books. The books that don’t fit are stacked on the floor.
There’s little fiction, but lots of history and travel and architecture. In my room live some of my favorite people, including H. L. Mencken, H. V. Morton, Robert Lewis Stevenson, George Ade, Ernie Pyle, Mary Ellen Chase and Mark Twain.
There’s a comfy old wing-back chair, clad in green leather; a ceiling light, and a floor lamp that’s in just the right spot. A cylinder-top desk, two stained glass windows and lots of curious little mementos and artifacts make it the Kevin Cullen Museum.
To me, there’s nothing better, on a snowy winter day, than to go into my room, close both doors, find a good book and settle in. As I read Twain’s “Letters from the Earth,” I stopped now and then to look out the window and watch the snow grow deeper and deeper.
Florida’s OK, but give me the good old Midwest and its snow-globe winter mornings.
It must be hard to loaf properly when the grass needs mowing and the pool needs cleaning.
Danville native Kevin Cullen is a former Commercial-News reporter. Reach him at email@example.com.