Puerto Rico, pt. 2: the town

The Caribbean color struck me instantly, especially just after the East Coast winter.

And the Catholicism.

I felt far away out there.  We watched Jeopardy! every night.  One clue had to do with Thomas Carlyle, a name I knew from the bookmarks of the bookshop I worked at in college.  That store doesn’t exist anymore, but I still have some of the bookmarks among my books.  [The quote: “All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.”]

I like Carlyle’s idea called the Centre of Immensities:
an expression to signify that wherever anyone is, he is in touch with the whole universe of being, and is, if he knew it, as near the heart of it there as anywhere else he can be.  (Wikipedia)


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