A Man, a Cigar, and a Plymouth

A pear tree planted by Gottlieb Waschke.

I posted this item almost ten years ago and has been one of the most read items in the Vine Maple Studio. I edited it lightly for this repost. I should note that this story is constructed entirely from hazy memories that have passed through several hands. […]

Libraries, Personnel Costs, Automation, and Jobs

I observed at a meeting of our local library system recently that the 40,000 foot financial view of our library system is 70% of expenditures on personnel, 10% on collection (buying books), and the remaining 20% keeps the lights on, which includes computer systems, the cost of transporting books from branch to branch, office supplies, […]

Yet Another Cover

Well, not everyone likes my last effort at a cover for Fifty-Third and Dorchester. So I went back to the drawing board, that’s Gimp for me, and put some more work into a new version. My critics’ point was that the current version is not dark enough. It does not shout “dark mystery.” I added […]