My birthday lavender from a friend stayed alive for a whole year. (This may be the first plant I have ever kept alive for twelve months!) It is now beautifully blooming in my backyard. I decided to commemorate the occasion. This is my favorite copy of Les Miserables. We found it at a hole-in-the-wall bookstore in NYC ten years ago. It is old enough that half of the “e”‘s in the book are upside down, and though we can never find it in this unabridged monstrosity, there is a whole paragraph in there somewhere that was placed upside down as well.