Monday, July 27, 2009

A Visit to the Open Library

The Book of Live Dolls, by Josephine Scribner Gates, was my introduction to the delights of the public library. I was about eight years old at the time and, of course, had dolls of my own. My imagination went wild.

The Story of Live Dolls was the first of three parts in The Book of Live Dolls. You can read it right here, thanks to Open Library. (By default, the book opens on the title page, but if you page up once with the arrow at the upper right, you'll find the first illustration. If you page up more than that, you'll find several blank pages and the red cover!)

A hundred years ago, apparently, authors did not write "down" for young readers, vocabulary-wise. Children had to read "up." That didn't hurt my enjoyment of the book, and I'm guessing I learned some new words thanks to Ms. Gates. I'm just sayin'.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

A Day at the DIA

My daughter, granddaughter, and I would like to thank Target for sponsoring a free day for families at the Detroit Institute of Arts. We had a great time.

DIA permits visitors to photograph items in its permanent collection. My "real" camera is on the fritz, but I took lots of photos with my iPhone and am having a good time playing around with them in Paint Shop Pro.

Above: a few of DIA's resident faces. Below: a painting too big for the iPhone to handle!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I-75 at 9 Mile Road

Associated Press: Flames shot hundreds of feet into the air after a gasoline tanker exploded Wednesday night underneath a highway overpass near Detroit, collapsing part of the overpass onto the interstate below. (July 15)

What's left of the 9 Mile Road overpass is being demolished as I type this, and I-75 will be closed to traffic for at least a week. Luckily, nobody was seriously injured.


Update: Wow! Kudos to the amazing team of workers who tore down the remains of the bridge and repaved the damaged road surface in an incredibly short timeframe so I-75 could be up and running much sooner than expected. Nice going!