A Luminous Halo

"Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end." --Virginia Woolf

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Location: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

Smith ’69, Purdue ’75. Anarchist; agnostic. Writer. Steward of the Pascal Emory house, an 1871 Second-Empire Victorian; of Sylvie, a 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL; and of Taz, a purebred Cockador who sets the standard for her breed. Happy enough for the present in Massachusetts, but always looking East.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

On the Border

Here's Taz on the sidewalk a couple of doors down from our house. She's straddling the border of the Armory Quadrangle Historic District. Her back legs are inside the district, and her front legs are not. This nice brick sidewalk runs all the way down the street, but I don't have the fancy herringbone pattern. That stops after the Richardsonian church which sits on the edge of the district.

My driveway, I believe, was put in at the same time as this sidewalk. The asphalt is cracked and buckled from thirty years of frost heaves, whereas the sidewalk is still nice. If I had the money to redo the driveway, I'd lay brick, which is more beautiful, more historically correct, and longer lasting. And I'd treat myself to the herringbone pattern, too.

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