A sense of kinship, the frosting on the cake, and a favorite spot for movies—all this and more as the stories continue to pour in for “Life in Pacific Grove,” the collection of tales by and for residents and visitors of PG that we’re publishing to benefit the Friends of the Pacific Grove Public Library. Three guest columnists share a trio of personal tales of the good life in Butterfly Town, USA. This column first appeared in the March 3, 2017 issue of the Cedar Street Times.
Phyllis Edwards Develops a Sense of Kinship
While I was eager to undertake writing for “Life in Pacific Grove,” I wondered what the experience would be like for me, a relative newcomer to town. As I started writing, however, I began to savor several unforeseen benefits:
For one thing, I walk all over town to garner details for my writing, so I pay more attention to my surroundings than when I am less focused. For another, because my writing is about the contents of the town, rather than my experience of it, I am gaining greater understanding of the layout of the town and the various moods, charms, and idiosyncrasies of its neighborhoods. And finally, I have met many interesting people who contribute to my writing and enrich my personal life as well.
In sum, writing for “Life in Pacific Grove” is developing within me a feeling of true kinship with my home town.
Shelley Nemeth Finds the Frosting on the Cake
When I was in my twenties, I dreamed of working in a bookstore or a library, but my ‘career’ life had already headed in other directions. Several decades later, with a variety of acquired skills under my belt and retirement benefits to support me, I headed right to the library and signed up as a volunteer shelver. It was like being a kid in a candy store!
Soon thereafter, I became a grandma, with the added benefit of access to books to walk our family through that process. Eventually, a part time job opened up and I was lucky enough to be hired. In my post-retirement career, I have found the satisfaction of my dreams from early adulthood! But the frosting on the cake is to be a part of this community, getting to know folks of all ages, and the feelings of providing treasure!
Two of Jintanen Forinash’s Favorite Spots in PG
Even though PG is a very small town, it can still boast its Lighthouse 4 movie theater as one of the best on the Peninsula. I love their comfy rocking chairs and the location. On Tuesdays all day, you get a discount of one dollar off, so you pay $6.00 for a selected movie.
PG offers the best spot to admire the beauty of the setting sun at Asilomar on a clear day. Visitors or tourists should take this opportunity. While you are there, you will see a lot of pelicans and other kinds of birds flying in line above the water; they head in the direction of Pebble Beach to retire at Bird Rock and Seal Rock. I love to look at the turquoise blue water along the beach between Asilomar and PG.
And Now It’s Your Turn!
We want to include your story in “Life in Pacific Grove.” Just go to our website, lifeinpacificgrove.com, and follow the easy directions and submit right on the site. Patricia Hamilton is available to give a presentation about contributing to “Life in Pacific Grove” to your group, book club, service organization, friends and family, and also to lead a writing session to gather stories. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a date and time.