The Best Libraries in the WorldI

The Best Libraries in the World

I’ve always loved libraries, and this list of the world’s best is a real treat. Talk about a bucket list!


Reading Room at The New York Public Library.

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Tattooed by Sofia Estrella

“I’ve got you under my skin.” (Photo credit: snakegirl productions)

I was sitting on a neighbor’s couch next to my 91-year-old mother-in-law when the young woman turned her back to the small group of us and pulled up her shirt to the top of her shoulders. A complex, multi-colored tattoo filled her entire back, running from nape of neck down to the top of her jeans. Between her shoulder blades sat a tattoo fairy—a fanciful sprite atop a themed painting that flowed from trapezius and rhomboid down to latissimus dorsi and gluteus maximus.

“How far down does that go?” was the only thing I could think to say, which elicited a small, startled laugh and a slight spew of Diet Coke from a woman who lives across the street and two doors down.

While continuing to hold up the back of her shirt, the young woman took her left hand and pulled down her jeans an inch or two, where the mural mercifully ended. I still don’t know how the conversation had worked its way around to her body art, but she had apparently given this tour a number of times before.

There were 30 or more men and women—all but a few over 60 years old —spread across the house, which is in a very new neighborhood. This is, for the most part, a retirement community within a larger retirement/family community. At this get-acquainted party, I doubt there was another tattoo, unless it was on a younger son or daughter or a retired member of the U.S. Navy.

But for Generations X and Y (Millenials), tattoos are everywhere—I mean on almost everybody and almost every body part. And here’s where I show my age. Tattoos make my skin crawl. Not only did that back-spanning tattoo cost her about $5,000, it had also included a fair amount of pain. As the young 20-something reaches middle age and older, she had better not gain much weight. That delicate fairy between her shoulder blades might start resembling the late Mama Cass.

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Begin Again

After many months of inactivity here—while spending my time on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and a thousand other things—I’ll try again and link to the others.

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Prescription painkiller overdoses surpass ‘street’ drugs

As the population of Baby Boomers ages, chronic pain treatments with opioids, such as Vicodin and morphine, expose people to powerful and often addicting pain relievers. For more information, read this online patient resource guide about reducing your pain.

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Some nice suggestions here for you readers of books. Also recommended is \”For the Love of Books: 115 Celebrated Writers on the Books They Love Most\” by Ronald B. Shwartz.
A shelf full of books about books
The Washington Post
What your favorite tomes say about you
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