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Fighting windmills

“A windmill is a machine that converts the energy of wind into rotational energy by means of vanes called sails. Originally, windmills were developed for milling grain for food production. 953 more words

Herman Van Bon

valleys in darkness

The night was somewhat dark, for though there was a moon in the sky it was not in a quarter where she could be seen; for sometimes the lady Diana goes on a stroll to the antipodes, and leaves the mountains all black and the valleys in darkness.

Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote


correcting another book

He passed on, and saw they were also correcting another book, and when he asked its title they told him it was called, “The Second Part of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha,” by one of Tordesillas.

Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote


full of threads

Still it seems to me that translation from one language into another, if it be not from the queens of languages, the Greek and the Latin, is like looking at Flemish tapestries on the wrong side; for though the figures are visible, they are full of threads that make them indistinct, and they do not show with the smoothness and brightness of the right side; and translation from easy languages argues neither ingenuity nor command of words, any more than transcribing or copying out one document from another.

Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote


What book? You Decide!

Monday starts a new week; so what better time to pick up a book to read, enjoy (hopefully) and review?

With all the books just staring at me it’s hard to choose the first of many. 105 more words

Home Of The Random

Day Fifteen: Cultural Literacy

A new house comes with many projects. I brainstormed one page of things to accomplish and taped it up in a visible spot hoping that seeing it every day would help motivate me to action. 52 more words

Small Moments

very modest

And as women are commonly impulsive and inquisitive, the first to come forward was one of the two friends of Don Antonio’s wife, and her question was, “Tell me, Head, what shall I do to be very beautiful?” and the answer she got was, “Be very modest.”

Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote