Preservation & the GRE, part 2

Part 1.

Thankfully the GRE is no longer in my thoughts, but you might be interested to know that historic preservation did play an important role in my test taking experience. It did not appear in either the quantitative or qualitative sections, but I had the opportunity to use it in one of my essays on the analytical writing section. And it wasn’t even a stretch to use historic preservation. Go ahead and laugh, but it made me happy. You know as well as I know that the mental battle of a standardized test is just as important as any other part of it.


Here’s What You Just Did…

On Saturday I continued my Christmas shopping at The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines. It rates as one of my favorite bookstores, offering that comforting aura with wood floors, beautiful bookshelves, cozy corners, a friendly staff, and a good selection. (Not to mention, they sell my book). I like to support this business whenever possible.  Later in the day, when I was sorting through my purchases, I found a small slip of (pink) paper proclaiming the above, “Here’s What You Just Did!”

You Kept Dollars in Our Economy
For every $100 you spend at one of our local businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend the same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community.
You Embraced What Makes Us Unique
You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the U.S. So why would you want your community to look that way?
You Created Local Jobs
Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
You Helped the Environment
Buying from a local business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation, less packaging, and products that you know are safe and well made, because we stand behind them.
You Nurtured Community
We know you and you know us. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.

It’s nice to see local businesses helping themselves. I’m proud to support The Country Bookshop, in particular. I would rather spend my money at a local business over a chain business, whenever I have the choice.  An extra $25 for every $100 spent stays in the community. It sounds good to me.  What about to you?