Author Event and the Joy of Simple Things

Spotlight on local authors

 Saturday, March 14th, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Covered Treasures Bookstore


Tommie Plank opened Covered Treasures bookstore in Monument 26 years ago. She says her storefront book sales are growing as consumers grow tired of “all things digital all the time.” She believes the look, feel and smell of books and bookstores satisfy sensual and cerebral desires computers, tablets and smartphones cannot match.

  • Fred Laugesen/Special to The Gazette

One of many events hosted throughout the year, the Spotlight on Local Authors is highlighting the talent of Tri-Lakes area novelists and writers. Get to know more about authors Jean Alfieri, Nancy Kent-Koenig, Kim Myers and Luke Flowers, Donna Schlachter and Kim Yates, along with their works: Alfieri’s “Zuggy the Rescue Pug,” Kent-Koenig’s “Full Immersion,” Myers’ and Flowers’ “Rackitty and Theodora,” Schlachter’s “Double Jeopardy,” and Yates’ “Hobbelstocks.” Covered Treasures Bookstore features new and used books, toys, puzzles, bookmarks and unique cards. The independently owned general bookstore is located in historic Downtown Monument, housed in a century-old building on Second Street. It is a member of the American Booksellers Association and an Indiebound Store.

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  • Occurs Saturday, March 14th, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Covered Treasures Bookstore

105 2nd St.
Monument, CO 80132 719-481-2665

My husband and I don’t have extravagant tastes, enjoying the simplest things. We walk the path in our neighborhood daily as the weather allows. It encircles the reservoir created by the mountain snowmelt runoff. The ducks have now begun to revisit the ponds. They “talk” to each other, and seemingly to us as we watch, expressing their joy in being able to once again access water and the food it provides. Little ducks paddle about their parents, young adults have found partners and cluster together forming new families. What other little creatures inhabit the swampy land is largely unknown, but the hawks and owls hang around hoping to spy their next meals. In this habitat, a seemingly less complicated environment to us as observers, there is a calmness and unity of focus; so much living is accomplished.

Perhaps there is a lesson in joy here for us? As quickly as our days go by consumed with hurry to accomplish our “to do list”, we miss those simple things that could bring joy, a centeredness, and sense of calm we crave. This is evident in the way many folks treat each other on the highways, in grocery stores, at public events, etc. That “me first” attitude models behavior for young people that continues this cycle of discontent and disregard for others. Simpler, slower, calmer might equate to centered and more joyful. And these might actually generate more contentment with ourselves and patience with others. Would we begin to see this influence our communities? Perhaps. And wouldn’t that be a welcome change?


Nancy Author

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