I’m presently housesitting about twenty some odd tree frogs and two Pomeranians in heat.
— Talking Heads, “Wild Wild Life”
< Anglo-Norman verteu, vertue, vertuwe, virtue, Anglo-Norman and Old French, Middle French vertu, virtu(French vertu ) power (end of the 10th cent. as vertud ), the spiritual force or influence of an event (11th cent.), an act of supernatural or divine power, a miracle, a wonder (11th cent.), valour, courage, fortitude (c1100), physical strength (c1100), a specific quality or property (c1145), moral excellence (c1145; the specific sense ‘chastity (especially of a woman)’ is not paralleled in French until later: 1677), (in plural vertus ) one of the orders of angels, also an analogous order of demonic beings (1170), ability, merit, distinction (second half of the 12th cent.), the power of a plant, liquid, or other substance to affect the body in a beneficial manner (13th cent.), magical power (1270, originally with specific reference to a precious stone), a particular form of moral excellence (late 13th cent.; frequently in theological contexts e.g. in vertu cardinale , vertu theologale, etc.), flourishing state or condition (14th cent. or earlier), (in legal contexts, with reference to a law, pledge, etc.) force, power, validity (14th cent. or earlier) < classical Latin virtūt- , virtus manliness, valour, worth, merit, ability, particular excellence of character or ability, moral excellence, goodness, this quality personified as a goddess, any attractive or valuable quality, potency, efficacy, special property, in post-classical Latin also miracle (Vetus Latina), power to perform miracles, heavenly power, angel, armed forces, strength, force, power (Vulgate), (of a document) validity, legality, force (9th cent.; from 13th cent. in British sources), alchemical property (from 13th cent. in British sources) < vir man (see virile adj.) + -tus, suffix forming nouns.
— Haggai 1:7-11
I dreamed I was running away frantically on my mountain bike.
I paused at a rocky ridge at twilight, where a rest stop sat at the hinterland of civilization
and I made myself a gourmet sandwich.
— Michael Warner
— Ben Franklin, 1726
Upon giving away books that he had authored, Cotton Mather (1663-1728) often remarked, “Remember that I am speaking to you, all the while you have this Book before you."
I don’t always imagine the voice of the sender speaking as I read even text messages.
- “I’ve only spent ten percent of my energies on writing. The other ninety went to keeping my head above water.”
This was one of the albums that I listened to obsessively while driving back and forth through Vermont the fall after I graduated from college. I...
How many days in a row do you have to wear the same clothes until you’re legally a cartoon?