Bridging the Gap Community Services will be sponsoring a Marketplace in Roanoke, Alabama on April 2, and Little White Cabin will be there with hot-off-the-press copies of The Book of Cain, The Relic, and Rufus to quench your thirst for a great story. We'll have a booth on the inside, so come on in out of the sun (or rain, as the case may be) and bag yourself an autographed copy.

Try something different from the standard arts & crafts fare. See you there.

And don't forget to mosey up to Anniston the following Saturday, April 9, for the Noble Street Festival. As local events go, it's a big'un, and a wonderful way to spend a balmy spring day. We'll have our booth there, too. Make it a date.

Hey, it's a juried event, y'all! By that I think they mean I've been found guilty by a jury of my artistic peers of producing art worthy of exhibiting on a city street--my claims of innocence notwithstanding.

Kidding. I'm happy and proud to be invited. Onliest thing that'll make me happier and prouder is for all y'all to stop by my booth, buy a book or two or three, chew the fat, gitcher pitcher took, and generally have a good time.

So come on by. Make my day. Look for the Little White Cabin banner. I take cash, credit cards, hugs, and kisses.

A marvel from yesteryear:

Among my father's effects from his maritime days I found this little gem, a pocket-sized compendium of math tables, weights and measures, conversion tables, currencies, and even including biblical weights and measures and a list of "Kings and Queens of England since the conquest."

Nowadays, of course, "there's an app for that," albeit without the feel of a worn and softened hand-me-down booklet. It's amazing how detailed and informative this is in such a small package. The odd thing is, in a book that's as dense with data as this is, there's no publication date. Even the title page says "copyright" without giving the date either of the copyright or the publication.

If you sought to come up with such a pocket-sized compendium of the most useful info for a traveler in today's world who finds himself without a smartphone or access to the 'net, what would it include?