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Sunday 19 January 2020
Ab Vrbe Condita 2773

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01/19/2020



Verso and Recto (nouns)

1. On a sheet of papyrus, that side in which the stalks run vertically is the verso; horizontally, the recto. 2. The even-numbered and odd-numbered pages, respectively, when you open a book.
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<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:166px;"><i>Most Californians have the speed mania. I will absolutely forbid him to run a car in LA over 24 miles an hour.<br><br><aside>Zane Grey</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:177px;"><i>Pampered vanity is a better thing perhaps than starved pride.<br><br><aside>Joanna Baillie</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:182px;"><i>Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, gives genius a better discerning.<br><br><aside>Oliver Goldsmith</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:154px;"><i>A bird in hand is a certainty. But a bird in the bush may sing.<br><br><aside>Bret Harte</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:162px;"><i>You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.<br><br><aside>Colette</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:180px;"><i>I am unable to rouse much interest in any highly civilized race, country or epoch, including this one.<br><br><aside>Robert E. Howard</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:166px;"><i>One forgets words as one forgets names. One’s vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.<br><br><aside>Evelyn Waugh</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.<br><br><aside>EE Cummings</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:175px;"><i>Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it.<br><br><aside>Hannah More</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>The past is not dead, it is living in us, and will be alive in the future which we are now helping to make.<br><br><aside>William Morris</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:178px;"><i>My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed — my dearest pleasure when free.<br><br><aside>Mary Shelley</aside></i></span>

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