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The seasons progress, and so does scholarship

February 22, 2015

I continue to work with old books, and the season moves along. Japanese Magnolia in bloom, along with daffodils and forsythia, as the maples are past blooming and the other buds are swelling. Migrant birds passing through, with crowds descending upon a favorable roost for the night, and onward the next day. Many birds migrate at night, and one of my favorite sound memories is waking to unseen geese, high above.

Scholarship and its language have changed, lo these 100 years, and not always for the better. When I hold a leather-bound text that is marked $2.50, has survived over 100 years, and is valued considerably differently today, it is respite from the hurry, hurry of this modern world where, as I have said before, civilization ain’t none too civilized.

When I hear someone say that something is tough (in any context), I think of grandpaw who used to say in answer to complaints that the meat was tough, “It’s tougher where there’s none.”

Hope there is plenty where you are, and all tender, mliswilltravel.

“In fact, I am nothing if not dignified, even if some of this dignity is occasioned by stiffening joints.”  —Harold Wellington Jones, Medical Librarian to the Department of the Army, long ago

“[long list of caloric requirements for 8 hours of labor] …Two men sawing wood required 5,000 and 5,400 calories.

The proverbial reputation of sawing wood as a strenuous occupation has here its scientific verification and explains the disinclination of the hungry to engage in this useful occupation, as well as the unpopularity of charitable wood yards.”

Graham Lusk. The fundamental basis of nutrition, 1914, p. 54.

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