Borders Bookstore: Retrospective
Retrospective / October 12, 2016

I still miss Borders bookstore, and I am willing to bet that you do too, dear reader.  Even though the last Borders stores closed on that fateful September day in 2011, the wound is still fresh.  I realize how melodramatic this probably sounds, but I honestly still feel a wave of disappointment whenever I drive past an abandoned Borders storefront.  Yes, Borders was just a bookstore like all of the others, but to me there was more to it than that. True, Borders did legitimately have better deals than other stores such as the epic 33% off coupon that always made my heart jump for joy when it graced my inbox. However, the real reason I miss Borders has less to do with its business practices and everything to do with my memories of my favorite bookstore. As with all nostalgia, the roots of my devotion to Borders grow from my childhood.  I can still remember when they constructed the store in Monroeville, PA.  I must have been around seven or eight years old and constantly nagged my mother (she was not as big of a reader but always supported my bookwormy-ways) to go there almost every weekend. I can still remember rushing to the…

Wishbone: Retrospective
Dogs , Retrospective / October 12, 2016

What’s the story, Wishbone? I cannot believe it, but I just realized that this year marks the 20th anniversary of Wishbone‘s initial run starting in 1995 (This article was originally published in 2015).  Just typing the year 1995 sends waves of nostalgia coursing through my veins (or wherever nostalgia courses).  I also realized that I could not call myself a “proud nerd” any longer if I did not take time to reflect on the most influential pooch in the history of literature.  I honestly do not think that I would be the reader I am today if it were not for the television and book series that all revolved around the Jack Russell Terriers (all five of them) who brought classic literature to my living room every afternoon. If you do not know about Wishbone I will take a moment to grieve for the state of the half-life that you have been living.  Wishbone featured a Jack Russell Terrier in the titular role, although there were actually five different dogs who portrayed Wishbone at various points, and his interactions with his family and friends.  Joe Talbot (Wishbone’s owner) and his two best friends Sam and David always got into some kind of crazy adventure that would parallel a major theme…