End times

“The world will finish one of these years. If it finishes to-day I’ll not see it, because I’ll shut mine eyes till to-morrow.”

-Portuguese woman during the solar eclipse of 1900 (p. 214)


Maunder, E. W. (editor). 1901. The Total Solar Eclipse 1900. Report of the Expeditions Organized by the British Astronomical Association to Observe the Total Solar Eclipse of 1900, May 28. “Knowledge” Office, London. (Available online at: https://archive.org/details/totalsolareclips00maunuoft)




“Because every design must satisfy competing objectives, there necessarily has to be compromise among, if not the complete exclusion of, some of those objectives, in order to meet what are considered the more important of them.” –Henry Petroski, Small Things Considered

Barefoot in the Kitchen Dept…

“There’s something feminine about a tree. It does a strip tease in the fall, goes with bare limbs all winter, gets a new outfit every spring and lives off saps all summer.” -Walnut, Ia., Bureau. American Nurseryman 1 December 1950.

My how times have changed!