Thursday, June 27, 2013

Markings on Paper

You just woke up in your cell, said your morning prayers, had a little breakfast, now you are ready to work. You walk solemnly to your desk and workstation. You were lucky enough to get one next to the window. It is one of the few perks of your monastic life. The smells of a medieval monastery may not be the best, but it is better than most places you can live and work in. There is always some incense burning, the aromas of wood, wax, paper, ink disguise the less tolerable smells. It was a nice clear night out. Certainly a nice enough night to allow the shutters to remain open. The Godly fragrances of the Spring are a blessing this time of year. But there is something else in the air. A new smell, one that is unfamiliar in your work area. What is it? Its pungent. Something one would smell near a latrine. This certainly is not normal. But where? Alas, oh well, the new smells of paint and ink will whisk that nasty odor away. Time to get to work... Dang it all!

Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum ostum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem uni cattie venire possunt.


 Here is nothing missing, but a cat urinated on this during a certain night. Cursed be the pesty cat that urinated over this book during the night in Deventer and because of it many others [other cats] too. And beware well not to leave open books at night where cats can come.

Waste not, want not! Our intrepid writer is not about to start over again. What he does do is leave this handy advice to the lucky owner a book peed on by a cat in the night. I love history.

Photo of the manuscript credited to the Historical Archives of Cologne

Original Link for this manuscript image Here 

Here is another link that I just discovered detailing this image above and few more humorous markings of cats immortalizing themselves on print! 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

When You Read You Score!

True in so many ways! What I am talking about in particular is the partnership that my hockey team The Boston Bruins has with the Massachusetts Library System. The Bruins have been doing this since 2009. I am a big fan of creative cooperative ventures like this. It is a win, win situation. The kids obviously win because it is great to hear from athletes that, yes, reading is important. Children are used to seeing this effort from more 'bookish' individuals, not from athletes. Those children are getting positive reinforcement from a non-traditional source. And yes, people like me who are fans of both libraries and the Bruins win because I get to see my team support a great initiative.

And why do I say that? Because they are coming to a library not that far away from me - the East Longmeadow library!

It is not known at this time if any of the players are showing up to the event. Blade the Bruins mascot will be there and some representatives from the team. The event is still a little fluid at the moment. The event will be restricted to those children who are a part of their Summer reading program. So if you are interested it is advisable to enroll your child in the reading program. It sounds like a great event.

Here is the official link from the Boston Bruins page on this initiative.

When you read you score!

Looking at the list of prizes the children can win I know which one I want to win. The Grand Prize! A chance to ride on the Zamboni! I believe that as a child 12 and older I do qualify for that prize!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Update: Holyoke City Hall Stained Glass Windows

Hello friends, here is a quick update that I have for you. In an earlier blog post I detailed the efforts to save and restore some century-old, beautiful stained glass windows in the Holyoke City Hall. Well, I was contacted by Jeffery Bianchine who notified me of a Facebook page dedicated to saving the windows. This is saving history and art in my birthcity. So yes, I am very much in support of this effort!

Please visit and like this page!

Save The Stained Glass Windows (Facebook Page)