Dinner dishes washed,
the phone silent, no e-mail
received for the past hour, I retreat to bed, where I read, "The
post office (in Xining, China) was undergoing a refurbishment,
of which the main result was a cult of Ceres,
Liber, and Libera was introduced into Rome to check a famine. The temple,
built on the Aventine Hill in 493 BC became a centre of plebeian religious
and political activities. It became known for the splendor of its works
of art. It was restored by Augustus after being destroyed by a
deafening hammering that made long-distance and international
phone calls even more hit and miss than usual."
With a neighbor hammering
on the wall,
my mind is a hundred sticks of dynamite.