This year, our team started a book club, and it's turned out to be one of my favourite things about working here.
I'm a huge fan of public libraries. I think they speak a lot about the character of a city and how much value it places on community and reading and the openness of ideas. It is about books, but it's also about more than books - it's about access to information, skills, neighbourhoods, people.
Danielle on our team here had the great idea to start a staff book club, which is just one of many reasons why it's so wonderful to have her here in the shop. I don't know if it's sometimes that a connection that people who like to read are people who like to write, and who like to write by paper (hence working in a stationery shop), but most of our team are people that read books, which I think is pretty great.
On our trip to Vancouver, we intentionally took it easy because we had Caleb - we usually planned for one big outing in the morning, and then we came home to our Air BnB for his afternoon nap.
Published in the Wall Street Journal, May 18, 2012. He writes about the connection between the hand and the paper when you write with a pen, rather than typing.