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.



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