To one who has been long in city pent

Posted by mountainmelody On 3/31/2008 08:39:00 PM 0 comments
To one who has been long in city pent,
’Tis very sweet to look into the fair
And open face of heaven,—to breathe a prayer
Full in the smile of the blue firmament.
Who is more happy, when, with hearts content,
Fatigued he sinks into some pleasant lair

Of wavy grass, and reads a debonair
And gentle tale of love and languishment?
Returning home at evening, with an ear

Catching the notes of Philomel,—an eye
Watching the sailing cloudlet’s bright career,

He mourns that day so soon has glided by:
E’en like the passage of an angel’s tear

That falls through the clear ether silently.

—John Keats


Posted by mountainmelody On 3/29/2008 09:25:00 PM 0 comments
in the black belt
2000 acres of this
old slave house


Posted by mountainmelody On 3/27/2008 10:02:00 PM 1 comments
Me: This is RAs' 100th birthday! Do you know what year it was 100 years ago?

Girl: I have no idea! How would I know that? I've only lived six years!

three cheers for spring!

Posted by mountainmelody On 3/24/2008 08:23:00 PM 0 comments

more useless info

Posted by mountainmelody On 3/22/2008 08:43:00 PM 0 comments
Four out of five Americans describe themselves as middle class.

there's no place like home

Posted by mountainmelody On 3/20/2008 09:40:00 AM 0 comments

the important stuff

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Posted by mountainmelody On 3/18/2008 07:44:00 PM 0 comments
planetarium (we saw the stars too)

museum of natural science (it was "reptiles and amphibians day")

Duke chapel

Posted by mountainmelody On 3/17/2008 08:24:00 PM 0 comments
I came home, but still have some pictures to post. Tonight I thought I'd show Duke chapel, since we're on the subject of "all things Duke."

It's hard to take a good picture here, but you get the point.

looking back

the crypt, where they bury dead people--and have children's
Sunday school

Robert E. Lee is carved into the building, alongside Christian saints and martyrs. Hmm...
Posted by mountainmelody On 3/16/2008 08:19:00 PM 2 comments
I've been having lots of fun here--more later.

Duke homestead

Posted by mountainmelody On 3/15/2008 08:32:00 PM 0 comments
corn crib


"tobacco factory"

bed and bed key

looking out

fun times at the library

Posted by mountainmelody On 3/14/2008 05:44:00 PM 0 comments
I spent the day at the library at Duke.

It was beautiful outside (not that I spent much time there):

The library was interesting... First, the high-tech shelves in the main library. (Apparently I've been out of it for the past several years--I've never seen this before.)

The shelves are all crammed together:

You push a button to move one set of shelves to the left or to the right:

Then there was the reading room, where you look at old documents and stuff they only have one copy of. It felt a bit like a prison:
  • You had to leave all of your stuff in a locker before you went in. You couldn't even take a bottle of water in.
  • You could take a pencil--but not a pen.
  • There was 24-hour video surveillance.
  • You signed all sorts of forms, and observed...interesting...warnings like this: "Slide folders back into box rather than pushing them in with strong downward pressure."
  • There was a five-minute limit on the copy machine. Apparently all the enthusiastic researchers can form quite a line...
So, all in all, a really exciting day.

only in Alabama...

Posted by mountainmelody On 3/13/2008 12:59:00 PM 2 comments
Only in Alabama do you hear the car beside you blaring "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" out its windows.


Posted by mountainmelody On 3/11/2008 06:36:00 PM 0 comments
The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it.

-Wendell Berry

customer service talk

Posted by mountainmelody On 3/10/2008 07:23:00 PM 2 comments
I received this really helpful email today in response to my question about an online tax program:

Our pricing are shown on the screen before you start the tax return preparation takes place when you started the tax return first time. If we increase the price later on, the price you pay at the end will be less because you started the return before the price was raised. On the other hand, if we lowered the price, you will be paying high price. Again which web site you are using that comes in the picture.

The bottom line is, the day you started the return first time and the website you started return from are the two parameters, we go by. Those are the prices you will be paying what you saw on the screen and that is what we charge when you finish regardless of what it says on the screen.

welcome, everyone!

Posted by mountainmelody On 3/08/2008 05:49:00 PM 0 comments
Since this afternoon, people from these countries have visited my blog:
  • Columbia
  • Romania
  • Brazil
  • USA
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Israel
  • England
  • India
  • Portugal
  • Canada
  • France
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Italy
  • Egypt
  • Argentina
There were more, but my log runs out after 100 visitors.

I'm not exactly sure how blogger directed all of them here...but welcome, everyone!


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Posted by mountainmelody On 3/07/2008 09:40:00 AM 3 comments
firebox for an old still? (or something else?)

piece of iron dug up nearby

old chair (?) nearby

random pictures of a tree

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Posted by mountainmelody On 3/02/2008 07:42:00 PM 1 comments
I obviously didn't mean to take this picture, but I thought it was kind of interesting looking--