This section was intended as a collection of materials that capture and convey the spirit of the place. Not anything specific like travel guides. I don’t know if saying “something closer to the core of things than mere facts” will do as an explanation. Most of you probably view facts as the ultimate reality. Those who don’t are generally clumsy in their thinking. I want to believe I’m neither, and intend this small collection of sources for those of my ilk. Page view counter tells me that there aren’t many of these. If you happned to notice and appreciate the Backgroun reading category, drop me a line. Rants, raves, and an occasional thought is intended for the same audience as Background reading. While at it, check out Slice of life.