Saturday, September 05, 2015

The Gardens by the Round Barn at the Shelburne Museum


  1. The one and only Guv of Vermont is First!

  2. Hi guys!

    Need to read up on Alan's links from the past couple days; they look fascinating.

    Finished The Cave Girl, which is available at Project Gutenberg if memory serves, and also finished The Eternal Savage, which apparently takes place between Part 1 and Part 2 of The Mad King (at PG). It was a fine book right up to the end, which I found abrupt and unsatisfying. There's also a glaring internal discontinuity that never gets resolved or explained as well as an apparent discontinuity between this book and The Mad King Still in all, quite enjoyable. Did I mention, Tarzan and Jane make cameo appearances?



    The Eternal Lover is an Edgar Rice Burroughs fantasy-adventure novel. The story was begun in November 1913 under the working title Nu of the Niocene. It was first run serially in two parts by All-Story Weekly. The first part, released March 7, 1914 was titled "The Eternal Lover" and the second part, released in four installments from January 23, 1915 to February 13, 1915 was titled "Sweetheart Primeval". The book version was first published by A. C. McClurg on October 3, 1925. In 1963, Ace Paperback published a version under the title The Eternal Savage. An E-Text edition has been published by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and is available online.

    The Eternal Lover at PG Australia:

    IMO The Eternal Lover is a much better title! I couldn't find the ebook referred to in the wikipedia article, but then my searching skills leave a lot to be desired. The PG AU one linked above will do till you can find the other.

    1. Oh, I don't like an abrupt ending either, Cat. The only thing worse is an ending in which it seems the editor wanted some sort of epilogue added that detracts from a stellar ending, as in Kate Morton's book The Forgotten Garden.

  3. Am having a grand time working my way back and forth in Grey's Anatomy. Show's genius seems multiple--characters you love, writing you love, casting you love, cinematography that's stunning.

    Startling to realize how many of the diseases I've lived through. . . .

    1. Ouch, Puddle!

      Sis and I have been watching Banacek. So cool and sophisticated. And the mysteries are good too.

  4. Cat--pardon the culturally deprived--what is "Banacek?" A television series, perchance? Cool, sophisticated and mysterious certainly sounds promising!

    I have set up a desk space for penmanship practice, and am acquiring supplies (fountain pens, composition books, desk blotter) and references. I was taught the Palmer script, but there are bits and pieces of it that I never cared for. I have been looking more carefully at various American cursive scripts, starting with Spencerian (circa 1860) and proceeding to the most modern ones. Spencer is very pedantic by modern standards, but he can be very good on how to form letters, and he set the standard for lower case letters. It's the capital letters where the most differences occur. Although many of his upper-case letters are complicated, they are not all so. I just noticed that Spencer's capital "D" lacks the little curlicue at the top that has irritated me all these decades--or rather executes it as a far larger oval extending down along the upright stroke. That's going to be my model for a "D." Palmer doesn't make "T" and "F" to suit me--I along ago made up my own variants. But Mills, Champion and other early 20th-Century teachers have ones that I like, so I will borrow from them, and re-introduce some consistencies that disappeared in later scripts. I also figured out how to improve the contrast in online copies of old penmanship books. (The latter is slow going, but it is going.) This is going to be fun; fifteen or twenty minutes a day of practice is not terribly burdensome. Teachers assure me that will be enough to give me good handwriting in time, and to get past something that has irritated me for sixty years will be a considerable accomplishment.

    All went well on our trip to the Bay Area today; traffic was very heavy, but we only got stuck in very slow-moving traffic at one section of a freeway on the way home in the afternoon.



  5. I liked Grey's Anatomy for the first season or so, but then it just seemed to become another soap opera. Eventually everybody slept with everybody. The more that happened, the less plausible it became. And I prefer plausible. Some very good scenes, though, and the acting quite good.