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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.

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

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.

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The Best Professional Development Day Ever!

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.