1. "You don’t know everything that’s real or not real," she said. "That psychic did know something extremely personal about me. Why can’t you believe it?"
    I told her that when I encounter anything amazing or wonderful, I instantly begin doubting. I wake up in the morning like that. It’s my default position. I told her it’s almost my job to be skeptical; it’s my role to question things.
    She sweetly interrupted, “I know that. But it’s my role just to be cool with things.”
    I was already cautiously in love with her, but after that moment I was utterly lost.

  2. "…you met me, flattered me, and taught me to be vain of my good looks. One day you introduced me to a friend of yours, who explained to me the wonder of youth, and you finished a portrait of me that revealed to me the wonder of beauty. In a mad moment that, even now, I don’t know whether I regret or not, I made a wish, perhaps you would call it a prayer…."

    The Picture of Dorian Gray  Oscar Wilde

    photo of Catherine Deneuve by Benoît Peverelli

  3. The lobbies and dining rooms of the original theatre were covered in thin, tattered red carpet.
    This is where I met Olivia, but I can’t recall the circumstances, other than depending on her to get me from one room to the next. How did she know my name? I was reluctant to say anything about my fear of the place, and my suspicion of everyone there. Grushko and Litvikov were silent, as always. Rurik, from the Memory Institute, shared my fascination with the tables, the chandeliers, the plates and knives. I would see him again, with Olivia, at the embankment, where both would hastily—but kindly—usher me into the waiting cargo plane. The emblems on the buttons of her tunic—I can never place them. So I can’t be certain she’s one of us.

    Green Vincentine’s recurring dream, first experienced summer of 1990.

  4. I am on fire,
    and it’s the rainy season
    in this desert
    you made me create.
    I am on fire,
    and it’s the rainy season
    and you’re like a mirage
    I could learn to hate.

    "The Rainy Season" Howard Devoto

    image: Edward Hopper

  5. "When selling a home your success or failure often boils down to the open house. Home sellers with an excellent open house draw in many potential buyers, while those with a lackluster presentation drive them away. Most home buyers make up their decision based on first impressions, so deciding to take the time and properly set up a wowing open house is important."

    How to Have an Effective Open House, Realty Times

  6. "Observe these generation of Witches, if they be at any time abused by being called Whore, Theefe, &c, by any where they live, they are the readiest to cry and wring their hands, and shed tears in abundance & run with full and right sorrowfull acclamations to some Justice of the Peace, and with many teares make their complaints…"
    In Answer to severall QUERIES, LATELY Delivered to the Judges of Assize for the County of NORFOLK. And now published By MATTHEW HOPKINS, Witch-finder, FOR The Benefit of the whole KINGDOME. M. DC. XLVII.

    image: The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968, directed by Jack Cardiff)

  7. Unified Field

     Spontaneous twin phenomena occurred and are occurring…

     A parabolic face angles skyward,

    the congregation kneels in prayer.

     Satellites whir in unison,

    the angels peacefully record.

    Unseen particles spin and vibrate

    expanding a universe

    infinite enough

    To define and exalt both miracles.

     Spontaneous twin phenomena occurred and are occurring…

    image: photographer Klaus Leidorf

  8. "So they rode back to the Emerald City, and on the way it was arranged
    that every Saturday morning Ozma would look at Dorothy in her magic
    picture, wherever the little girl might chance to be.  And, if she saw
    Dorothy make a certain signal, then Ozma would know that the little
    Kansas girl wanted to revisit the Land of Oz…”

    from “Chapter 20, The Emerald City,” Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum

  9. "Physicist and UFO researcher James E. McDonald located Mary G. Mayes, who asserted that when she was a University of New Mexico doctoral student in radiation biology, she had been asked to analyze plant material from the Socorro site. Afterwards, she was to turn in all records and samples, and heard no more about it."

    "The object was seen under conditions of a cloudless sky and no haze. It left no vapor trail or exhaust.

    text: selected entries from United States Air Force UFO investigation Project Blue Book; image: photo of University of New Mexico campus