In Praise of the Past

All photos graciously used from the Photostream at Flickr for the Library.  Also see the tragic story of how this library that is no longer.
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Movie Challenge

15 Movies (+)

  1. Un Chant d’Amour (1950-Short)

  2. All About Eve

  3. M (1931)

  4. Mondo Topless

  5. Edward II (1991)

  6. Polyester

  7. The Exorcist

  8. Fame

  9. Mahogany

  10. Like Water for Chocolate

  11. Cleopatra Jones

  12. Auntie Mame

  13. The Whale Rider

  14. Snatch

  15. Fight Club

  16. Triology of Terror

  17. Rope

  18. (Both) Nosferatu(s)

  19. The Marriage of Maria Braun

  20. The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

  21. Querelle

  22. The Warriors

  23. The Notebook

  24. Brazil

  25. Diva (1981)

  26. La Belle et la Bete (1946)

  27. The Ref

  28. The Piano Teacher

  29. Alien+Aliens

  30. The Dark Crystal

  31. Blade Runner

  32. Mad Max

  33. Hollywood Confidential

  34. Orphée (1950)

  35. Satyricon

  36. Ma Vie En Rose

  37. Young Frankenstein

  38. Leon

  39. Liquid Sky

  40. My Life as a Dog

  41. Zentropa // Europa (1991) **

  42. Apocolypse Now

  43. Persona

  44. A Star is Born (1976)

  45. The Big Blue (1988)*

  46. Purple Rain

  47. Zardoz

  48. Legend

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3 Rules


There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.


― W. Somerset Maugham


Listen: Soundtrack ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’

Listen: Complete Soundtrack For Jim Jarmusch's 'Only Lovers Left Alive'|The Playlist

Of the many pleasures to be had within Jim Jarmusch’s elegant “Only Lovers Left Alive” is the excellent, moody and evocative score by … well, none other than Jarmusch himself. That’s right, the writer and director also gets behind the guitar from time to time with his band Sqürl, and teaming with Jozef Van Wissem, they’ve concocted a pretty terrific set of music for the picture.
via  Listen: Complete Soundtrack For Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Only Lovers Left Alive‘|The Playlist.


Every existence has its idiom, every thing has an idiom and tongue,
He resolves all tongues into his own and bestows it upon men, and
any man translates, and any man translates himself also,
One part does not counteract another part, he is the joiner, he sees
how they join.

Walt Whitman

Song of the Answerer

Can Dream, Can’t I?

Journey to Abandoned North Brother Island

“When you first step on the island you realize that you are completely alone. It’s actually a very transformative experience because one minute you’re in the city, you’re amongst people, you hear the sights and sounds of the city and then you get on a boat and just being on the water in a small boat is a very transformative, meditative experience,” Payne said. “Suddenly you’re on it and you’re surrounded by abandoned buildings.”

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Mike Rowe Advice



Today’s question comes from Jenn Foit, who bucked the odds and got my attention in much the same a shiny object fascinates my dog.

Hey Mike –


I have a 1 in 1,443,953 chance of you writing back to me. I am a 27 year old single mom who is about to finally take the step and start in a welding program. I am nervous and would love and appreciate any words of wisdom! Posted by Jenn Foit, 2:14 pm, 7/11/2014


Hi Jenn


Most friends of this page know better than to ask me for advice, primarily because I’m known to give it. So heads up – while I can offer you a variety of words, I can’t vouch for their wisdom… Continue reading


Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.


— Samuel Taylor Coleridge