Here are some interesting links I've found recently:
Scouting New York* is one of my favorite architecture blogs. It's written by a Film Location Scout in NYC about unique and interesting buildings. The Abandoned Palace at 5 Beekman Street is about a beautiful building that hasn't been used since the 1940's. It has a nine story atrium with a huge skylight, wrought iron work, towers, etc. It's gradually being restored. The photos are fascinating!
Partisan tensions on Capitol Hill are delaying efforts to fix an error in the federal health care law that could cost Children’s Hospital Boston and others like it millions of dollars in added drug costs...
The error was a simple and unintentional omission in the final, frenetic days of drafting the landmark legislation and reconciling House and Senate versions. Con gressional staff intended to allow children’s hospitals continued access to the portion of a federal program that offers below-market prices on 347 specific medicines for rare, life-threatening conditions. But that language was accidentally altered...
Our original plan was to go to Carolina Beach in NC, but the forecast for NC included rain, and the forecast for VA didn't. We went to Richmond instead because, the last time we were there, we didn't do half of what we wanted to do.
Here are some samples of what we did. I may turn any (or all) into blog posts of their own.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
The fountain in front of the Capitol
Steve took this close up of the dock at the fountain.
If you look at nothing else in this post, you should look at My Milk Toof. It's an adorable, creative, photo story blog about two teeth - who have personalities and adventures. I've added it to my sidebar under "Fanciful."
From Planet Green: 75 Things You Can Compost, But Thought You Couldn't. However, your neighbors might not be too thrilled with the creatures your stale bread, moldy cheese, pizza crusts, hamster droppings, and latex condoms might attract. Don't worry, neighbors. This list is here just for interest; I'm not actually using it.
In 1973, Roger Jones convinced his landlord to sell him the guest
house he lived in and the accompanying beachfront home for $420,000—a
hefty sum for a 33-year-old electronic-parts salesman making $35,000 a
year. “I was as scared as hell,” says Mr. Jones.
The gamble paid off. Added to the National Registry of Historic
Places in 1984, the 5,000-square-foot house named Villa Rockledge,
perched on the edge of a rock hillside, appears to float above the
private beach 50 feet below and offers ocean views from every room—even
some bathrooms and closets. The main room of the house is vast, with 22-foot-tall cathedral
ceilings supported by logs as big as telephone poles that have been
treated with an unusual mixture of cement and buttermilk to create a
grey sheen. Many of the details have been restored: Solid redwood doors
are dotted with brass extrusions cast in rough star-shapes that look
like barnacles. The kitchen walls are covered with original
canary-yellow tiling, while modern appliances are discreetly hidden
behind wood panels. A 5-foot-wide ship’s wheel hangs from one of the
beams like a chandelier.
In May, Mr. Jones, now 69, decided to sell this home, which he’s
painstakingly researched and slowly renovated over the past three
decades, for $34.5 million. He says the upkeep and maintenance are too
costly for his kids and adds that he and his wife are getting too old
to live in a large home...
Meredith Wilson, The Music Man
(1957). The 1961 movie version of this irresistibly corny show is the
most representative and effective film of a Broadway musical ever made,
give or take Show Boat and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
It has a few flaws--I could do without Buddy Hackett--but you can
easily see why Robert Preston's magnetic stage performance made him a
Earlier this week, I read that The Book Exchange, a really interesting bookstore in downtown Durham, is going to close on Valentine's Day. How to describe it...
It's a labyrinthine bookstore where most of the books are shelved by publisher. They have used books going back decades. We don't usually go there to find something in particular; we go there to wander and see what we can find. It's on three levels: three rooms downstairs, another room of long aisles on sort of an in between level, and then a very large room (right) with long aisles upstairs. Looking at one publisher, you can go from classics to some very dated 1970's sociological book to something more current.
The first time we went there was right after I became a Catholic so we were very happy to find the Ignatius Press section. It had a better selection of high quality Catholic books than I think I've ever seen again.
They're selling books by the shopping bag - $10 a bag. We got our bagful (below). The classics are daughter's, the science fiction books are older son's, and mine are the left-over quirky ones.
There were more cars downtown than I'm used to seeing on a weekend - probably mostly people in the Book Exchange. It was nice to see so many people who like to browse! It took me a while to take the inside photo because I had to wait until an aisle was mostly free.
We parked a few blocks away from the store, which was nice because I don't usually have a reason to go to this part of downtown Durham. The architecture is very interesting, and I've included a few photos of some of the buildings we liked. Dear husband took them because my knee didn't like standing in the store so I had to keep moving.