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Sarasota, Florida, the city where I live, still has a busy Main Street and I'm glad because it gives me that small town feeling. Main Street is only five minutes from my home, so it's an easy walk to the library, restaurants, the post office, the dry cleaner, Soto's--the place that fixes my glasses--a bookstore, the movies, and Tortoise & Pearl, a vintage clothing store.
I can walk down main street and if I'm smiling at folks, even a stranger will smile back. But I realized the other day that something is missing from Main Street, as least the Main Street I remember from when I was a kid. There isn't a drinking fountain, a good old fashioned bubbler with a step in front of it. (I was always too short to reach the bubbler on my own.) "Just don't touch the faucet with your mouth," Mom would warn.
I don't think my thirst was what really attracted me to the bubbler. I was more fascinated watching the water stream over the top of the drinking fountain in a high arc, when I turned the knob as far as it would go. It was even more fun if someone was standing close by underneath the "shower."
I thought it would add to that small-town feeling if Sarasota had a water bubbler on Main Street, so I called an employee at the city government office to see if they were as excited about the idea as I was--he wasn't. He said it would be much too expensive and everyone in Florida drinks bottled water anyway. I explained to him about my childhood memories, but he didn't catch my wave of excitement. Well, I guess in a way he did. He suggested that if I wanted to "play" in the water, I should go to the beach.
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AUTHORBUZZ: SOUL ON THE RUN (NonFiction) by Robin Korth
Our lives are meant to be powerful, open, loving and free. A book that holds the questions, insights and laughter that brought my soul awake to this joyous and sometimes brutal truth. This is not a feel-good book. It's a let's get real book.
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