“It’s not that screens are bad and books are good, but what books do depends on the totality of what they are… above all the way they invite a child to withdraw from this world into a world alongside ours in an activity at once mentally strenuous and physically still.”
From Book Love: A Celebration of Writers, Readers, and The Printed & Bound Book, edited by James Charlton and Bill Henderson
On that note, I was wondering, will you be “withdrawing from this world into a world alongside ours” this Thanksgiving?
Having traditionally spent Thanksgiving holed up in a cabin in the mountains with family, for the first time Luke and I will be on our own, celebrating with a handful of friends. And then I’m working on Black Friday and Saturday. Tell me: if you are a daring Black Friday shopper, will you be shopping the sales at local, independently-owned stores this year? And if not, would you consider it?
When you shop at an independently owned business, your entire community benefits:
- Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.
- Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
- More of your taxes are reinvested in your community–where they belong.
- Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
- Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.
- Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.
- Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.
- More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.