|painting by Kay Maniscalco (rather Barbara Cooney-esque, don't you think?)|
Why Sage Parnassus? We needed a name for our house and school, so the boys chose sage because strangers would knock on our door and ask what color we had recently painted the house. The shade of green was called sage. They chose Parnassus because that was the name of Amy and Laurie's house and school in Jo's Boys which they were reading at the time. A sweet memory, really, from two little boys who are now all grown up.
They put those two words together and we decided it sounded nice. It worked for me because Parnassus on Wheels is a book I love (about a mobile bookseller) and Parnassus generally refers to the home of poetry, literature and learning due to the fact that Parnassus in Greek mythology was a mountain in Greece where the Muses resided.
Now you know!