Golden Legend, Holy Bible, Vasari and Others

On the top shelf of what is more or less a guest room, overlooking the valley below, The Golden Legend and the Holy Bible sit side by side. Not far away is Vasari’s Lives of the Artists and a dictionary of art terms. You might think this black-bound bible – now why is it alwaysContinue reading “Golden Legend, Holy Bible, Vasari and Others”

CHILDREN’S BOOKS – FAIRY TALES

Books my mother had. Books when I was a child. Books my childrenlistened to. Books for my granddaughter. Somewhere I have Aesop’s fables in French where the crow loses hischeese to the fox and vanity. Of course there’s also the grasshopperand the ant, although I have always wanted to ask the ant if shedidn’t enjoyContinue reading “CHILDREN’S BOOKS – FAIRY TALES”

FERRAGOSTO – FLAUBERT – FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE – JUDT

Ferragosto. Vacation time in Italy. I wonder was it any hotter along the Nile with Flalubert or Florence Nightengale in 1849? When I traveled through Italy in 1956 I was 27, and you, Florence, were 29 at the time of your travels. Should I have gone on to Egypt? Perhaps. But would I have feltContinue reading “FERRAGOSTO – FLAUBERT – FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE – JUDT”

ANOTHER DAY – SOLITUDE – WINNIE THE POOH – TRANSLATION

Another day. Another hot hot day. Shall I seek refuge with my friends? Shall I invite them to a tea party? And who is to be invited? Perhaps nothing that requires mental strain – it’s just too hot. There’s The Little Prince with its many hidden meanings. Did you, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry., mean this storyContinue reading “ANOTHER DAY – SOLITUDE – WINNIE THE POOH – TRANSLATION”