Friday, June 28, 2013

Wondrous Words

"...the country being littered with rock dating back to the Ediacaran."

1. of, denoting, or formed in the last 50 million years of the Neoproterozoic era, during which a new texturally and chemically distinctive carbonate layer appeared, indicating climatic change


"O Guzman! Improbable Pleistocene city on the hill. Or: just more imploding Castilian stone."


[plahy-stuh-seen] Show IPA Geology .
noting or pertaining to the epoch forming the earlier half of the Quaternary Period, beginning about two million years ago and ending 10,000 years ago, characterized by widespread glacial ice and the advent of modern humans. See table under geologic time.(


"There's more emotion, more feeling, in a piece of ruby-red grapefruit with a little sprinkle of salt on it than in a big piece of fish."

(spoken by a Spanish chef)


"THE EARTH TREMBLED as if a massive, restless dragon were uncoiling beneath the city.On the black expanse of the Sumida River, the creaking. Wind chimes tinkled in the icy air. At two hours, before midnight, the few soldiers patrolling the streets reined in their skittish horses. Sleepers tossed, troubled by bad dreams."

"Reiko and Masahiro pondered the implications of what they'd heard. Reiko said, "I was about to offer to go to the Hosokawa estate and talk to the women who live there." That was her strength as a detective--she could go places where a man wouldn't be welcome and question people who would hide information from Sano."

Saturday, June 22, 2013


"Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue." John Muir

Friday, June 21, 2013

Book Beginnings / Friday 56


"It was a struggle to keep my footing on the rough path through the maze of huts that made up the village of Nampossela. I knew the general direction to the birthing house on the outskirts of town. But the layout of the village remained a mystery, and unless I wass accompanied, I tended to run into dead ends or wander in endless circles. I was glad to be with Monique. In fact, since coming to Nampossela a month before, I was almost always with Monique."

"She introduced me to the ancient man and his wife. We sat and chatted. The elder man was a renowened feticheur and he offered to divine my future. Clad in the dark heavy weave of mudcloth, heavy strips of cotton cloth sewn together and dyed with mud....he sat in the shadowed heat of a closed hut and threw cowry shells in the sand. Through their arrangement he peered into time. He told me I would have no enemies in Mali. He said a white man in Mali would ask me to marry him. But these thing would come to pass only if I chewed  kola nut."fredasvoice

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wondrous Words

"When young girls are first learning how to wear a pagne, sometimes we sew straps onto the corners so the pagne can be tied and doesn't fall down if they don't wrap it right. He thought you might need them." Pagne  


[French pan-yuh] Show IPA
noun, plural pagnes [French pan-yuh] Show IPA .
a garment worn by some African peoples, consisting of a rectangular strip of cloth fashioned into a loincloth or wrapped on the body so as to form a short skirt.
1690–1700;  < French  < Spanish paño  clothLatin pannum

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Quote It Sat.

Oh burn me with your beauty then,
oh hurt me tree and flower,
lest in the end death try to take
even this glistening hour..."
Sara Teasdale, Blue Squills, 1920 gardendigest