If you’re heading Big Sur way, along the scenic Highway 1 coastline drive in California, take time to find and savor an almost-hidden jewel. The Henry Miller Memorial Library is in a small house in this area where the author lived. He moved here from Europe in 1944 and lived here 18 years. This ramshackle building set in a grove of tall redwoods is more of an experience than a museum.
Look up, look down and you’ll find something intriguing. The fluttering collection of money from visitors around the world continues to grow.
Here’s your invitation from the library’s website: “Come on in for a visit, make yourself a cup of coffee, browse our books, and hang out with Theo the cat on our deck.”
The library provides rich atmosphere for concerts and other events. The day we discovered the library, preparations for a wedding were underway.
Henry Miller’s writing was unconventional. So is the library opened in his honor. Though some of his writing is controversial, here’s a quote that’s not:
Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
I believe even Theo the cat could agree.
How about you? Have you discovered a hidden treasure of a place lately?