It’s that in-between time of year: we’re preparing to head south for the winter, to San Miguel de Allende. I’ve stacks of books in my office that need to be catalogued, and then shelved or put aside to be taken. Each one makes me pause, skim through, long for more time to linger. Leaving books behind is the hardest part of leaving.

One book I must make note of is Maggie Secara‘s A Compendium of Common Knowledge, 1558-1603: Elizabethan Commonplaces for Writers, Actors & Re-enactors. Although the period it covers is 50 years before my own, and England-based, it has a wealth of useful information about daily life that is applicable. I ordered the print edition, but it is also available for download. I highly recommend it.