A gargoyle looks down menacingly from its perch on the top of my book shelves. It’s easy to notice in the little 11.5 by 10 feet room.
My office was larger when it lived in a church building. In those days it had room for my 2000 book library and an area large enough for a small meeting. But now my office will hold only 1000 books, a desk, and a small couch.
But that’s enough.
A friend of mine once came into my Lodi office and asked, “Why do you have those evil-looking things in your office,” gesturing toward the ever-vigilant gargoyles. I explained that gargoyles used to be ornaments on ancient church buildings, meant to both act as a rain gutter to direct water away from the church’s walls and also to frighten away evil spirits. But that didn’t comfort her much. Continue reading