So Far Off Topic It Should Be On Another Blog

15 05 2009

Probably – but my parents own an amazing beach house in Prince Edward Island, and they’ve still got a couple rental weeks available this summer, so I thought – why not give them a shameless plug. Even if you can’t go, visit the site and listen to the seagulls and surf and have a mini vacation!





Hope

29 08 2008

is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul

And sings the tune without

the words

And never stops – At All –

Emily Dickinson, 1861

And now we march forward with our hearts in our mouths, waiting for November.





Happiness is available. Please help yourself to it. Thich Nhat Hahn

26 07 2008

Water Lillies, Balboa Park

The above quote has been an essential guidepost in my life, but I seem to forget it for long stretches.  When I recall the simplicity of that sentence, it leads me out of some pretty gripping self-pity.  So, I thought I’d share my favorite book:  Being Peace, just in case anyone else wanted a little mindfulness reminder.  Learn more about Thich Nhat Hahn here.

and here’s the paper-related part:  If you click here, “you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this paper” – page 51.  A most eloquent description of the components of a sheet of paper, and therefore, the universe.  Read it and then answer that infuriating grad school question “what is information?”.  I dare you.





The Best Professional Development Day Ever!

16 04 2008

If you work in a library where the books and photos are all about climbing, and the library serves a larger organization which is all about climbing, then it seems logical that the best way to spend a staff development day is to tack a note on the door that says “gone climbing” and head out to the local crag.  The weather was beautiful, the people I work with are great, and I only humiliated myself a little bit by not finishing my second climb – although I thought I actually did pretty well for not having climbed in 2 years.  We’ve now got a rope set up in the library for folks to practice their knots.  And I’ve got the climbing jones again.

I think I like my job.





Happy Darwin Day

12 02 2008

February 12 is Darwin’s Birthday.  Celebrate as you wish, but I might buy this t-shirt.  Say what you will, but there are still people in Texas who believe in science.








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