“Books are the portals to the world, both ancient and modern.” ~Elijah   Michael Popek worked at his family’s used bookstore and started to collect and sort the myriad of bookmarks that the previous owners had left in the donated or purchased books. You know grocery lists, letters, pictures, pressed flowers, anything and everything in a moments reach when you have to stop reading but don’t have a bookmark because it’s at the bottom of your bag or underneath your sofa. What a tale these little gems could divulge if they truly could talk. Instead one can get a glimpse into the previous owner’s life and then it is back to one’s life as usual.     Things like this just make me smile,…