Amy Cavanaugh

Books • Food • Travel • History • Culture

You can never be overdressed or overeducated.

Oscar Wilde (via observando)

This is more or less my life philosophy.

(via unabridgedbookstore)

natgeofound:

A well-worn stairway leads to a house on Oahu’s North Shore, November 1979.Photograph by Robert Madden, National Geographic

natgeofound:

A well-worn stairway leads to a house on Oahu’s North Shore, November 1979.Photograph by Robert Madden, National Geographic

natgeofound:

President and Mrs. Johnson and Vice President Agnew watch Apollo 11 lift off at Cape Canaveral, July 1969.Photograph by Otis Imboden, National Geographic

natgeofound:

President and Mrs. Johnson and Vice President Agnew watch Apollo 11 lift off at Cape Canaveral, July 1969.Photograph by Otis Imboden, National Geographic

The Great Hunt, by Carl Sandburg

I CANNOT tell you now;
     When the wind’s drive and whirl
     Blow me along no longer,
     And the wind’s a whisper at last—
Maybe I’ll tell you then—
                         some other time.

     When the rose’s flash to the sunset
     Reels to the rack and the twist,
     And the rose is a red bygone,
     When the face I love is going
     And the gate to the end shall clang,
     And it’s no use to beckon or say, “So long”—
Maybe I’ll tell you then—
                         some other time.

I never knew any more beautiful than you:
     I have hunted you under my thoughts,
     I have broken down under the wind
     And into the roses looking for you.
          I shall never find any
                         greater than you.

calumet412:

Braving the elements while crossing the Michigan Ave Bridge, 1935, Chicago.

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Braving the elements while crossing the Michigan Ave Bridge, 1935, Chicago.

Things I Am Reading (Belated June edition)

• A brand new bird was discovered in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia. It’s small, gray and wren-like.

Southern Living profiles BBQ pitmaster Vencil Mares, age 89. Earlier this year, I visited his Taylor Cafe, hoping to meet Mares, but he wasn’t there and the BBQ was the most lackluster we had. But I’d give the place another go, seeing how reverently everyone speaks about him.

Photos of ”Edwardian female drunks banned from pubs.” 

• I regret not spending more time in Baltimore when I lived in D.C. A new reason why: Baltimore pit beef.

• A brief history of the cuckoo clock.

The books I read in 2013.

Ghosts in the Fuselage

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Lindbergh faced unfathomable dangers: darkness, fog, thunderheads, ice and mounting sleeplessness, which induced mirages, including ghosts in the fuselage. He periodically removed the Spirit’s plastic window and descended close enough to the water for the spray off the whitecaps to revive him. After 25 hours aloft, Lindbergh spotted a fishing boat. Lowering his plane, he leaned out the window and yelled, “Which way is Ireland?” Adrenalin fueled the rest of the journey—over England and the Channel and the Seine. Outside Paris, he identified the floodlit field on which he would set his plane down—33 1/2 hours after taking off. In that instant, a new age of celebrity commenced.

Smithsonian Magazine’s 101 Objects that Made America is a must-read.

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A Viking ship replica sits in Lake Michigan next to the USS Illinois, a “faux” warship made from bricks and cement, Columbian Exposition, 1893, Chicago.

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A Viking ship replica sits in Lake Michigan next to the USS Illinois, a “faux” warship made from bricks and cement, Columbian Exposition, 1893, Chicago.