Thursday, April 17, 2014

Age Only Matters if You Are Wine

Benjamin Franklin is remembered for lots of things ... author, inventor, politician, diplomat ... but those of us in the letter writing world remember him most as the nation's first Postmaster General. JuliAnne lives in the letter writing world, and she made sure to use lots of Franklin-related postage on this card!

Today is the 224th anniversary of Franklin's death. A scientist, Franklin was curious about the possibility of preserving the dead for later revival, when more advanced scientific methods would be available. He wrote to a French scientist, Jacques Barbeu-Dubourg, "I should prefer to an ordinary death, being immersed with a few friends in a cask of Madeira, until that time, then to be recalled to life by the solar warmth of my dear country! But in all probability, we live in a century too little advanced, and too near the infancy of science, to see such an art brought in our time to its perfection." Ha! Preserved in wine! That's a new take on "aged wine."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ginger and Pickles

The back caption of this World of Peter Rabbit card reads, "Ginger and Pickles in their shop. The rabbits were always a little bit afraid of Pickles." Pickles is the dog, so the fear is understandable.

Emilia is a big fan of Beatrix Potter's world and once cross-stitch a Peter Rabbit pattern for a greeting card. I did not read the series as a child, and my own children were not very interested in the series. But, my significant other, Greg, was a dedicated fan as a child. There is a tape of him reading one of the books at age three.

I have a feeling my grandchildren, who are more accustomed to rabbits and other wildlife than I or their parents were, might enjoy the stories very much.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Where Cod Was King

Inside this building is a Sacred Cod. I kid you not. Massachusetts has a sacred cod. The cod is a wooden sculpture that hangs from the ceiling of the House of Representatives, and it pays tribute to the cod fishing that was king in this state for many years. The current one is the third incarnation. The first was supposedly lost in a fire, though that may be legend. The second disappeared during the Revolutionary War.

Joyce moved to Boston in 1987 and lived there until 1990. She worked downtown and every day at lunch she took her tourist map and wandered, discovering new places and events. She returned to Boston as a real tourist last year, but in the twenty plus years since she left, much had changed. Indeed, as a native Bostonian who hasn't lived near the city in about ten years, I get very confused traveling around the city these days. For one, there is a huge green space where a major highway once was! That's my kind of progress.

The postage is from the American Architecture series of 1979. The State House is the pretty much same after all these years, but there is a lot of ugly mid-20th century architecture surrounding it now. That is progress, too, but not my favorite.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Time On Our Side

This postcard of the French village, Argentat, is one of my favorites. I love the sundial as a focal point. I've long had an interest in timepieces, and though I don't think I could reliably tell time with a sundial, they do seem to make time less urgent.

When I sent this card to Joana, I asked if she had a favorite time of day. She wrote that she is a night person and enjoys going out for fun in the evening. And, she also likes the mysterious side of night. Do you have a favorite time of day?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

It's Kind of Fun to Do the Impossible

The scene the camera saw when this photo was taken was the barren Florida plot of land that would be DisneyWorld in Florida. The artist added the castle and Walt Disney. The back caption is "Vision" and includes the Disney quote in this post's subject line. That quote is one of my favorites.

Heath visited DisneyWorld as a child and looks forward to when he can bring his own children. He writes that it is a timeless place, and indeed, it does feel like stepping out of the present when walking into the park.

I know some people think the artificiality and intense merchandising quite overwhelming. I try to put those thought out of my mind when I visit. Sometimes I can't, but most times I'm having the time of my life.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tardis Fun

I have only seen a few episodes of Doctor Who, but that is enough for me to know I want to see more. I have many episodes in my Hulu queue. I keep promising myself I will do a marathon of watching while walking on my treadmill, but somehow that hasn't happened yet.

For those who have not seen the show, the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space) is a time machine. That is all you need to know. Now go watch the show.

When Katri wrote this postcard (which is very small, and cutout to the shape of the TARDIS), it was Christmas Eve. She writes, "Hei ja hyvää uutta vuotta!" ("Hello and happy New Year).  Funny to read that line again here in April!

If you could time travel, what time would you travel to?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Silence is Golden

This is the south transept withing Westminster Abbey in London, England. This particular area is known as Poet's Corner, and there are many writers and poets memorialized, and/or buried here, the first being Geoffrey Chaucer. 

Marie writes that upon entering the Abbey, one is immediately overwhelmed by the number of statues and and sculptures and paintings. There are also lots of tourists, but, every hour there is a five minute silence, and Marie says that is when the church is at its best.