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on poor planning

My family planned a little mini-vacation for a long weekend in California--to see my brother A2's Commisioning Ceremony (he is becoming an officer)--about 5 months ago.

I leave tomorrow for California.

I come back on Monday.

I do final laundry, final packing, last minute cleaning and pack my car on Tuesday.

I pack the cargo (moving) van on Wednesday. I leave for MA.

I arrive on Thursday. I unload my car. I unload cargo van.

I start work Friday.

I feel ever so thin scrapped as it is.

Just want to get there and get settled.

Tired.

Hoping California has reviving powers. Well...I guess anything that isn't Michigan in February will.

a lot like Eustace Scrubb

For those of you who are familiar with The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, you will be familiar with the Voyage of the Dawn Treader as well.

The first time I read the story I hated the character of Eustace Scrubb--who is introduced in Dawn Treader; a cousin to the Pevensies--even though Lewis gives him an opportunity for redemption. I disliked his curmudgeonly behavior from the get-go, and disliked his disbelief in Aslan. (I was however highly entertained by his journal entries.)

And then, I reread the series this fall and was amazed and awed, upon closer inspection, at Eustace's transformation from dragon back into boy (after some number of mishaps) I fell in love with the character of Eustace this second time around.

For those of you who don't know the story: Eustace is turned into a dragon and then after a series of events, finally becomes a more humble person, which then allows him to open himself up for a transformation. He is turned back into a boy with Aslan's hel…

‘Advance Australia Fair’

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I visited Australia when I was 16 years old, only for about 3 weeks, but I found the country to be one of the most beautiful places I have been; the people to be welcoming and friendly; a better traveling experience I have never encountered.

Just wanted to mention that my family and I are praying for all of those who have been affected by the fires in Australia; for the crews of firefighters and emergency workers; and for the country in what seems a dark hour. I ask that if you are a prayer, please keep everyone in your prayers!

This picture was on the news the other day. Pictured is a firemen feeding water to a burned koala, which is pretty amazing, as wild koalas are not known for their gentle nature. I got tears in my eyes when I saw this; this picture really illustrates that in times of suffering we are all vulnerable and have to trust one another.

Australia our prayers are with you!

Also, welcome Rakstar of Life as a Rakstar--you were missed Friend!

OH MY GENTLE JESUS moments!

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OH MY GENTLE JESUS! Yes, this is a real product, called the BEARD HEAD. WOW! This just made my day!


a friend returning home

Been thinking a lot about the Farm these days. Thinking how the winter there is completely different than the summer, not so much for the obvious reasons like temperature, but more so for the simple luxuries of a season. A season where the smell of wood stoves is present; a time when animals tuck themselves away for the winter and thoughts about things like bears getting into the trash is less of a worry; a season of a winding trail through the woods, with a river who offers a sound slightly louder than silence in the trickling and winding flow of water under a now seemingly completely iced over top. I love the Farm in every season. I have been thinking a lot of the Farm lately. For many reasons. One reason is that my good friend TSO, of Travelin' Shoes, is returning home. Back to the Farm where we all met. I am a little more than envious. I think of the Farm as home and getting back there only ever brings joy to me. In all this thinking about the Farm, and returning to places tha…

NPR's The Picture Show shared

I heart NPR. I love their articles, their movie and music reviews and The Picture Show, where they highlight different collections of pictures. Found so many good shots, wanted to share them all!

NASA Earth Observatory

American Teens by Daniel Levitt

Civil War Photography

Street Art Snapshots

Scurlocks and the Smithsonian

A Vibrant Past (the U.S. under FDR and the New Deal)

Photographer's Field Day (pics from the Inauguration of Pres. Obama)

Something in the air

Happy (Chinese) New Year

library articles # 8,945

These are some interesting articles to read, Librarian, or no!

YALSA's 2009 Fabulous Films for Young Adults
According to the site, "The 2009 Fabulous Films for Young Adults offers sixteen titles based on the theme “Coming of Age Around the World." (Titles are both Feature films and Non-fiction)

There are some movies I want to check out after reading the list. Also, I was glad to discover that some of my favorite teen-angsty movies are on here (i.e. "Ten things I hate about you" and "Juno.")

YALSA names 2009 Best Books for Young Adults

Librarians head to Denver for a quiet riot
"Check out some of the drink selections at the Hyatt Regency developed especially for the ALA: the Overdue, made with rum, orange and pineapple juices and raspberry purée; the Boolean Operator, with mango rum, crème de cacao and cream; and the Happy Librarian, a mix of tequila, triple sec, fresh lime, cucumber, cilantro and Green Tabasco..."

British Holocaust Recordings onli…

lying under a pendulum

After a series of emails which made me feel less than comfortable, it became apparent that things are again shifting at Library X. This time for the people…not just the budgets. One of the emails read as follows:

"Hi all, The news is not good. Our budget for part time hours has been reduced. I am revising the February schedule to reflect the cuts. According to the new budget numbers, we ran 40-50% over budget in January. The hours have to be reduced to essential scheduling only. This is the case in all departments with part time employees, Circulation, pages, custodial, and Reference. The materials budget was cut as well. I wish I had better news."

When the remainders of my audio visual budgets were cut in October, I was ok with it. I had done a lot of purchasing earlier in the year, and what I didn’t get then I figured I would get after the New Year and our budgets are replaced. My audio visual (DVDs, books on CD, read-a-long book/CD sets and Playaways) budget last year…

reviews

I haven't done a book or other review in forever, so thought I would share some new discoveries.
Review of Books:
The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver
I really liked this book. It is about a young lady, who on her way out west accidentally acquires a little Native American girl. After settling in her digs she learns what making a life of your own means; how families don’t always happen organically, but rather like bean trees, sometimes finding a way of winding around the things that least expect it.

Lincoln at Home: two glimpses of Abraham Lincoln’s Family Life, David Herbert Donald
This book was an interesting look at an Abraham Lincoln we seldom see. The short book (114 pages) is split into two sections: the first being a look at the Lincoln Whitehouse, the second half, letter correspondences between honest Abe, his wife Mary Todd Lincoln, and a couple from Robert Todd Lincoln (the eldest of their sons). Here is an excerpt from one of the letters, showing a softer side of Lincoln:

“The …