Monthly Archives: June 2013


Betsy Birkey is an artist who lives in Chicago.  Her specialty is turning books – any books – into works of art by simply folding their pages in certain ways.  She does not cut the books’ pages or paste pages … Continue reading

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Lists! We’ve Got Lots and Lots of Lists!

People like to put out list of the best of this and the most of that, and I enjoy reading them all.  Here are a few of the lists I have run across recently as I surfed the web. 10 … Continue reading

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Google Pays Tribute to Antoni Gaudí

Today is the 161st birthday of Antoni Gaudí the architect from Catalonia in Spain who I featured in a recent post.  Google pays tribute to him on their home page, and The Guardian has a short article about him here.

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Quiz of the Month – June 2013

Many words in the English language come from the names of people or things – real and mythical.  I invite you to name the people and things whose names were used to create common words in the English language.  Note … Continue reading

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Words at Play

The other day I was thinking about words and expressions that we use without any thought about their origins.  I started with the word “cranny,” and my mind wandered from there to many other odd words and expressions – even … Continue reading

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Stranger Than Fiction – Spotlight on an Author

On June 22, 1954 Pauline Parker and her best friend Juliet Hulme asked Parker’s mother, Honorah Rieper, to go for a walk with them through Victoria Park in Christchurch, New Zealand.  As they walked through a wooded area the girls … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“Reading scorns distance, and could transport me instantly into the most faraway countries with the strangest customs.  And it did the same for centuries of the past: I had only to open a book to be able to walk through … Continue reading

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God’s Architect and the Sagrada Família

On June 7, 1926 a shabby looking, bearded old man walking down a street in Barcelona, Spain was hit and critically injured by a tram.  Many thought he was a derelict, so it was a while before anyone bothered to … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Stephen King was a guest on Fresh Air with Terry Gross recently.  He talks about a wide range of subjects including the thing that scares him the most. _ _ _ Do you finish each and every book you begin … Continue reading

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Did You Know . . . ?

Because Dan Brown’s newest novel, Inferno, deals with Dante’s Inferno I have decided to dedicate this edition of Did You Know . . . ? to interesting trivia about Dante, Florence, and The Divine Comedy. Florence, Italy was torn by … Continue reading

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