MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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BAG OF BOOKS 2Today, my sister Lisa, her little daughter Avery, and I went to the “Bag of Books” sale at Maude P. Ragsdale Public Library in Hiram, GA.  Or rather, I should call it the “Bag of Books, Etc.” sale because for $5.00 a bag, you could fill a big, paper or plastic bag (which they provided) with as many as you could of books, tapes, CDs, DVDs, and magazines.

I felt like I was in book heaven!  Here is my stash below.  Of course, since I am a writer and also love to read, I got mostly books. In all, I got 23 books and one DVD!  I actually had more room in my bag for several more items, but they had so much to choose from that I got tired looking through it all.  My sister’s bag was practically full, too.  Her collection included an assortment of nice, hardcover cookbooks.BAG OF BOOKS

We had an awesome time!  We were probably there a little over an hour.  The sale started at 9:00 a.m. and was to end at 4:00 p.m.  About 3:30, we paid for our bags of items because as I told them, I could stay there the rest of the afternoon and all night looking through just the books.  My former supervisor and co-worker Christi Turner is the one who told me about the event, and she was there.  We had not seen or talked with each other (except via Facebook recently) in a long time, and it was so great to see her again!  My niece Avery fell in love with her and even gave her a hug :).  When we got ready to leave, one of their nice staff members even carried one of our bags to the car for us (and believe me, they were heavy, so we really appreciated his help!)

Well, that was part of what turned out to be a wonderful day for me.  I hope you had an awesome day as well!

From my heart to yours!

Maxine 🙂




LIBRARIANThis post is not to debate if traditional paper books are better than eBooks or vice versa.  Personally, I prefer to have a paper book in my hand although I also have a Kindle.  I have enjoyed reading and writing as far back as I can remember.  When I was younger, my family did not have a television for a while.  I had a very vivid imagination.  I recall how I used to tie strings to toy cars and pull them through our yard with their make-believe passengers, pretending that they were going for rides in the country (and I had so much fun doing it!)  I know you’re laughing–go ahead–it’s okay :).

I don’t remember exactly what triggered my love of reading, but I do know that it’s something I’ve enjoyed doing for most of my life.  I recall the bookmobile coming to my school and how excited I used to get.  I also signed up for the summer reading program at my local library and spent the majority of my summer vacation from school reading books.  My picture was even taken and put in the town newspaper for successfully completing the program.

Both of my children love to read although my husband is not a fan.  While my daughter started out at an early age enjoying reading, my son grew to enjoy it a little later in life.  Because the majority of people I know who enjoy reading are female, I am fascinated by men who like to read.

But whether you prefer the old-fashioned method or the new and improved one, reading is good for us.  It’s good for our brain, and I, for one, can use all the help in that area that I can get :).

HAPPY READING!  And as always, this is from my heart to yours.


(Lady On Pile Of Books Photo-Caricature Of Me On My Pile Of Books–Just Kidding 🙂 –Courtesy of Clip Art)





Oh, I am so excited!!!!!  I had an experience this morning that had me feeling like a little kid in a candy store!  While in my former city of residence in Carrollton, Georgia, home of the University of West Georgia, I discovered a small gem of a treasure that brought me so much delight.  Since my love of reading began when I was very young, I still love reading books just as much as I do writing them.

Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that promotes literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.  For more information, please visit their official website or their Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest pages.  Here are some pictures I snapped this morning of the Carrollton, Georgia, City Hall Building where theLITTLEFREELIBRARY3 town’s neighborhood little free library is located, including  some of the little library itself.


I just had to share my new, interesting, and exciting discovery with you.  When you have an opportunity, please check out the sites of Little Free Library.  Okay–now that I think I’m finally getting over my excitement, time to move on to something else.  🙂

Until then, HAPPY READING!!!  And as always, this is from my heart to yours.


(Photo of Man Reading in Library-Courtesy of Clip Art)