Month: August 2016


Doors of the old Albina branch library in Portland, Oregon

The old Albina branch library in Portland, Oregon – my photo

[INTERMISSION: I’m taking a break from this blog until further notice.]



“I give you me, Lunardi – whom all the ladies love.”

~ Vincenzo Lunardi, 18th-century Italian balloonist, toasting himself


“I wonder if there isn’t a lot of bunkum in higher education? I never found that people who were learned in logarithms and other kinds of poetry were any quicker in washing dishes or darning socks. I’ve done a good deal of reading when I could, and I don’t want to ‘admit impediments’ to the love of books, but I’ve also seen lots of good, practical folk spoiled by too much fine print. Reading sonnets always gives me hiccups, too.”

~ Christopher Morley, Parnassus on Wheels