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Santa Claus is a Bookworm: Part 1, Books about Buildings and Places

When I was growing up, there was a wonderful children’s bookstore in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of Lexington called  “The Owl and the Pussycat.” The proprietors gave out bookmarks, one side of which was given over to a blank list, for the young reader to Read More

A Bourbon Baron’s Romanesque Dwelling in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky

Bourbon whiskey – “the sweetest of the brown liquors.” I heard that phrase often while in college and though my personal experience with bourbon was one of quantity rather than quality, I’ve watched with awe and pride over the last ten years as the bourbon Read More

Beautiful Bartizans: Trenton United Methodist Church, North Carolina

I have a soft spot for small churches – those on prominent corners in small towns, or rural churches, tucked down a country road, often adjacent to a cemetery.  Both types could be considered endangered – the churches in town replaced by larger centers of Read More

Ghosts of Neighborhoods Past: The 400 Block of Linden Walk, Lexington, Kentucky

One of the things I love most about England is the sense of timelessness you get when hiking somewhere like the Lake District. The landscape seems so permanent and stable, subject only to grazing sheep and the forces of nature.  I feel the opposite in Read More