Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Happy Half-day

I haven't worked Commencement Day in several years.  Today I covered the Widener desk.  Commencement Day at the library is quiet; most people come in for the toilet only.  I enjoy seeing the people in their fancy clothes.

Here's a crowd of visitors taking the usual photo.

As I left, I passed a group handing out buttons.  A guy asked me if I favored immigration reform and handed me one, which I did not put on because I didn't know what kind of reform they wanted.  I didn't stay to find out more because I wanted to catch my bus.  I didn't walk because it was very hot.  From what I can tell from their site, they seem OK.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Spring Update, or This Bud's for you

Here's a picture of the robin's nest in the Pusey Pit tree from above.  You can see the ribbons, at least.

Here's some flowering bushes in back of Wadsworth House.  I don't know what they are.

The flowers on these trees have already fallen off.

Harvard Yard is not too crowded.

Monday, May 06, 2013

London by Night

I'm currently reading The Victorian City by Judith Flanders.  In the chapter on prostitution (The Red-Lit Streets to Death) Flanders mentioned a cheap novel about a nice girl's descent into prostitution.  This is how I discovered London by Night.  I only read bits of it, but the colored plates interested me.

The author, Anonyma, had written many similar books.

This one has lots of illustrations.

I'm pretty sure these are in the public domain, so go ahead and check out these and others here.  However, if you purchased the copyright to the illustrations of William Gray, just let me know.

Sunday, May 05, 2013


I wanted to have brunch here last Sunday, but they were already reserved up through 2:30.  We went today. 
Here are my brunching partners.

On April 27 I went with Rosemary to the preview of Art in Bloom at the MFA.  I only took pictures of the arrangements I liked.  The hands-down winner was this green lady:

For my other photos, go here.

Friday, May 03, 2013

A Robin with a Ribbon

The Map people notified me of a new robin's nest visible from their windows.  But this robin found some ribbon to weave into her nest.  It's very charming.

The windows are pretty dirty, so I had a hard time getting a clear picture.
Bigger files here.