Coming from a librarian family, perusing a coffee table book about the history of libraries over the holidays, I snapped these pics of the Haeinsa monastery in the mountains of South Korea, home to one of the world’s oldest intact libraries, constructed in 1251 CE, where a set of Buddhist scriptures known as the Tripitaka Koreana is stored in wooden printing blocks.
The blocks are stored in open racks to allow air to circulate around them. The timber shelving structure is lifted off the ground on stone pads and the building itself, located at the highest point of the monastery grounds, sits on a huge stone plate surrounded by drainage channels. A narrow gangway on protruding brackets provides access to the upper shelves. The roof beams are painted with designs intended to invoke water and ward off fire. Apparently all these measures have worked because this amazing Buddhist library remains standing and functional. Buddhists, bibliophiles and lovers of libraries, be impressed!
Boise Fry Company: Purple homestyle potatoes with garlic - rosemary salt; 1/2 vegan burger and 1/2 buffalo burger; home brewed root beer. Potatoes were not enhanced by sauce and root beer had high liquorice and spice notes with low sweetness. Awesome.
Matt was super helpful and patient. Potatoes and meat are all locally sourced. This sometimes means that all varieties are not always available; the shop is also waste-conscious, especially near closing. Potatoes are cut in a variety of different ways but are always served plain to let you dress with their differently flavored salts and sauces. Home brewed sodas are also available.
TL; DR This place has kick-ass fries and burgers on the side.
Earlier this summer, Kim Driscoll, the first female mayor of Salem, Mass., pulled funding from Gordon College, a small, Christian liberal arts school located outside Boston. The school had cosponsored a letter to President Obama asking for a religious exemption to his executive order to end employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.