appendix vo. 5

This week went by so quickly. Honestly, they all do. I can’t remember the last time I said, “Is it Friday yet?!” because it just doesn’t happen. I find that the older my girls get, the faster the days, weeks, months escape me.

Here are a few things that caught my eye this week.


  • 300 year old UNOPENED letters found in the Netherlands? Sign me up. Bonus: they used technology to open them without actually opening them.

  • My good friend Brad wrote this piece in response to the current proliferation/misunderstanding of the term “Christian nationalism”. It’s worth reading and thinking about.

  • I’m a bit of an anglophile. Winston Churchill is one of my favorite historical figures to study, and I have a fascination with almost all things British (except Harry and Meghan. They exhaust me.) Where did “Keep Calm and Carry On” come from? This video explains. And while we are on the topic…..the next time I’m in the UK, I will for sure be visiting Barter Books. Their website is horrible, which I adore, because it signals they have no time to dedicate to web marketing. They are actually running their bookstore and thinking about books all the time! These are my people.

  • Is there a term for a person who has a coffee table but the entire thing is used as a vertical book shelf? Because that’s happening over here. Books as coffee tables, doorstops, arm rests, decoration, foot rests. Books everywhere. And we love it.



It’s a short list, but it’s good. I hope you all have a great weekend.



  1. Oh my word. I almost cried over both the letters and the Keep Calm & Carry On video. You always find things that stab my heart in the best way.

    Also—my coffee table looks exactly the same. That’s how it should be!


  2. Shouldn’t we all be letter locking again? At least the mail is considered to be a bit more reliable these days. And tying together The Netherlands, 17th century and bibliophilia: you might be interested in Andrew Pettegree’s The Bookshop of The World. Recently read it and found it wholly interesting how people’s love of books so rapidly, universally and fundamentally evolved.


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