I went to visit my sister today. A nice train ride away to suburbia. Got to spend time with my almost 2-year-old niece.

While little Gina napped and stayed with her dad in the late afternoon, my sister and I went to the new Barnes and Noble near her home. It was heavenly. We collected a stack of books and sat on easy chairs reading.

The highlights of my reading, discoveries if you will:

The effect of any writing on the public mind is mathematically measurable by its depth of thought. How much water does it draw? If it awaken you to think, if it lift you from your feet with the great voice of eloquence, then the effect is to be wide, slow, permanent, over the minds of men; if the pages instruct you not, they will die like flies in the hour. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

How happy is the little Stone
That rambles in the Road alone,
And doesn’t care about Careers
And Exigencies never fears —
Whose Coat of elemental Brown
A passing Universe put on,
And independent as the Sun
Associates or glows alone,
Fulfilling absolute Decree
In casual simplicity —
— Emily Dickinson

I also had some fun with a Dream Dictionary and a neat little horoscope book. Leafed through Vogue on the train ride home.

A good day all around.