jennywren: (At table with computer)
( Sunday, March 9th, 2008 08:48 pm)
Someday, I will finish uploading the photos from our October trip to Canada -- I promise! Today I posted a few more snow pictures of the snow and Henrietta, our snow woman.

One of my pictures of Niagara Falls was chosen to be in the Schmap Niagara Falls Guide! I hope you'll check it out.

Niagara Parks Commission


I also found this link full of photos of beautiful libraries at Curious Expeditions. From the post:

"Everyone has some kind of place that makes them feel transported to a magical realm. For some people it’s castles with their noble history and crumbling towers. For others it’s abandoned factories, ivy choked, a sense of foreboding around every corner. For us here at Curious Expeditions, there has always been something about libraries. Row after row, shelf after shelf, there is nothing more magical than a beautiful old library."
jennywren: (Neopets)
( Tuesday, August 21st, 2007 11:51 pm)
"It is often much harder to get rid of books than it is to acquire them. They stick to us in that pact of need and oblivion we make with them, witnesses to a moment in our lives we will never see again. . . The truth is that in the end, the size of a library does matter. We lay the books out for inspection like a huge exposed brain, offering miserable excuses and feigned modesty. . . There is a moment, however, when we have accumulated so many books that they cross an invisible line, and what was once a sense of pride becomes a burden, because from now on space will always be a problem." from Carlos Maria Dominguez's The House of Paper

"I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them--with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself." --Eudora Welty

A room without books is like a body without a soul. - Cicero

For him that stealeth a book from this library, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck by palsy & all his members blasted. Let him languish in pain, crying aloud for mercy & let there be no surcease for his agony until he sink to dissolution. Let bookworms gnaw his entrails in token of the worm that dieth not, & when at last he goeth to his final punishment let the flames of hell consume him for ever & aye. ---A medieval curse from monastery of San Pedro, Barcelona (attributed)

"If you cannot read all your books, at any rate handle, or as it were, fondle them - peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on the shelves with your own hands, arrange them on your own plan so that you at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them at any rate be your acquaintances." - Winston Churchill

"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." -Mark Twain

"Sir, the fact that a book is in the public library brings no comfort. Books are one element in which I am personally and nakedly acquisitive. If it weren't for the law I would steal them. If it weren't for my purse I would buy them." - Harold Laski

"When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes." - Desiderius Erasmus

"There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read." - G.K. Chesterton

"Someone who spent his life living rough under the sky knew the value of a good thick book, which ought to outlast at least a season of cooking fires if you were careful how you tore the pages out. Many a life had been saved on a snowy night by a handful of sodden kindling and a really dry book. If you felt like a smoke and couldn't find a pipe, a book was your man every time. Cohen realized people wrote things in books. It had always seemed to him to be a frivolous waste of paper." - Terry Pratchett, The Light Fantastic, p 137
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