This year the focus was on mental health. Our plenary speaker was Elizabeth Manley who won a silver medal in figure skating at the 1988 Olympics. What most people didn't realize is that she was in the depths of depression throughout much of her teen years and leading right up to the Olympics. Her story had many in the room wiping away tears, especially when she played the video of her performance; when we realized everything she had to rise above to perform so well. She almost dropped out her event before a hockey coach made a passing comment in which he mentioned that he saw her as a champion and wanted his team to be inspired by her. Elizabeth went from feeling worthless and inadequate to uplifted and empowered by one person's kind words. Her depression wasn't magically whisked away but in that moment her perception of herself changed.
Yesterday was a sobering, and mentally exhausting, day filled with lectures, training sessions, role-playing, and some really fun moments catching up with staff from other locations. Last night I was in bed by 8:30.
A new day has dawned and I was so happy to find the latest copy of The Persephone Biannually in the mailbox. To the staff at Persephone Books...never underestimate how much it means to see that envelope!
It's always interesting see which piece of art will grace the cover...
...and which bookmark will be added to your collection. Even if I don't own the Persephone title it's always fun to theme bookmarks with a current read.
And the short story by Winifred Holtby gives me an opportunity to share my latest acquisition, a never-been-read copy of The Crowded Street. I bought it on Saturday during a 'stop the car!' moment when we passed a bookshop fifteen minutes before closing time.
Coincidentally, the book was first published in 1924 but I'm just a tad late for the 1924 Reading Challenge recently hosted by Simon and Karen. Perhaps next year?