How Americans Die

The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.
--- -Bruce Springsteen, musician (b. 1949)
Spring Song
by Edith Wharton

The first warm buds that break their covers,
The first young twigs that burst in green,
The first blade that the sun discovers,
Starting the loosened earth between.

The pale soft sky, so clear and tender,
With little clouds that break and fly;
The crocus, earliest pretender
To the low breezes passing by;

The chirp and twitter of brown builders,
A couple in a tree, at least;
The watchful wisdom of the elders
For callow younglings in the nest;

The flush of branches with fair blossoms,
The deepening of the faint green boughs,
As leaf by leaf the crown grows fuller
That binds the young Spring's rosy brows;

New promise every day of sweetness,
The next bright dawn is sure to bring;
Slow breaking into green completeness,
Fresh rapture of the early Spring!

It's National Library Week

Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.
--  Neil Gaiman

Blood Moon

Millions of people were greeted last night with a strange celestial sighting, the blood moon lunar eclipse. The phenomenon occurs when the moon passes into the earths shadow and, for about an hour, takes on a reddish hue from the sunlight being refracted around the earths horizon. Watch the 'Blood Moon' Lunar Eclipse in 9 Seconds Flat

 Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. 
---  Samuel Ullman

Heads or Tails

The Travels of a Penny.

On this day in 1912 the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg on its way from Southampton, England, to New York City. The ship, on its maiden voyage and carrying more than 2,000 people, was designed with watertight compartments to withstand a head-on or side-impact collision. Instead, it scraped along the side of an iceberg for 10 seconds trying to avoid it, tearing open numerous separate compartments. The accident happened at 11:40 p.m.; less than an hour before, a nearby ship attempted to radio the Titanic to beware of ice ahead. The ship's wireless operator on duty, overwhelmed with his job of relaying personal messages to passengers, replied, "Shut up, shut up, I'm busy ..."