Welcome to Rivendell, Frodo Baggins

I recently returned from a trip to the UK, and between cathedrals and castles and museums, I worried my jaw would freeze from all of the gawping. And I wondered: do most Americans feel a bit “Hee-Haw” when traveling? Exacerbating this feeling is that I’m a dyed-in-the-wool American West Coaster.  I grew up in theContinue reading “Welcome to Rivendell, Frodo Baggins”

Ex libris

I believe that most people (or at least the people I want to know) have a special “library place” in their hearts. It’s what causes the smile that breaks when entering a new library; the shiver on catching the familiar whiff of old books; the frisson of anticipation after realizing that stacks and stacks of books can beContinue reading “Ex libris”