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.

Monday, April 30, 2007

High Technology, Belgian-style

Here in the United States, we've got the insular notion that we are the world leaders in everything, especially high technology. Well, a trip to Brussels's Mini-Europe will quickly put that misconception to rest.

Check out this boat carefully. Note the tiny, lifelike dolphins that swim alongside. As the boat travels down the "river," the dolphins, attached by inconspicuous pins to a rotating wheel, arc out of the water and back under in strikingly realistic fashion. An impressive display of Belgian know-how....worth a trip from anywhere.

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