Isaacson's book is excellent and really gets in the head of DaVinci, examining his "to-do lists" which feature such items as "find out what a woodpecker's tongue is like." This type of item is mixed in with routine things like "See so-and-so about a book..." etc. DaVinci was alive at the time when the printing press was a new creation and knowledge from all over Europe was being disseminated. He was flooded. As are we, today, with the Internet. Very interesting to read this book and see parallels.
On another note, my neighbor lent me a short book on Kurt and Sonja Messerschmidt, Holocaust survivors. The book is called Death and Love in the Holocaust and tells their powerful story of being German citizens and then being thrust into the nightmare of the camps, marches, and more. Horror. The Messerschmidts were the grandparents of neighbors who we loved on our street, but sadly moved to another spot in our town. Miss them and the adorable kids! Unbelievable to have such history in one's family. God bless them. Incredible strength and resilience in this generation of survivors, and it is great that the stories are documented.
Onward to another day of indulgent creating. Hapi is telling me what a special parrot he is, and I have to agree. And make him his oatmeal and apples. Have a good day!