Every week my friend Chuck posts a list of blog posts that have caught his eye. Some posts really catch my eye, some don't really. C'est la vie, or something like that. This past Saturday there was a post by J. Eric Smith listing 100 books that meant something/had shaped him. And because it's time… Continue reading It’s that time of the year, right?
My high school friend Ebit spent 30 years in an all-out battle with cancer, and one of her weapons was socks with messages inappropriate for the daughter of a minister. A group of us celebrated her life with one pair each, then I sent a pair to everyone as an Ebit-approved Christmas present. When another… Continue reading Got my big girl socks on (eye update)
As I've been looking through the archives for what works and what doesn't work as a post, I came across this post from 2010. Wow have things changed! Essential tools/websites then and now: Gmail (staying in touch)Bank of America (for online banking)TDBank (for online banking)Facebook (seeing what my friends are up to)Google Reader (as Doug… Continue reading Time for an update!
This year's big trend in libraryland (among many other places) is to focus on self care this year. I definitely agree. To get a little personal, I have several "hidden" physical disabilities (for example, my eye), what's now known as ME/CFS in addition to a tendency to being overstressed and depressed. Milton has created a… Continue reading Self care?
This year, this is my one and only goal: As a department chair (and manager of a building) there are times I have to "be on" during breaks and weekends, but I get paid a small stipend for that. It's always been a struggle to quash those "if I work for an hour today this… Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions
Yesterday was our last day of school for the calendar year (well, actually, last half day). Now I have just over two weeks to Get Things Done for the year-end, including some doctor visits and chores that didn't get done over Thanksgiving Break. And read. Of course, reading. For my own mental health, staying away… Continue reading Talk about timing
Two people today mentioned how fast time seemed to be going: wasn't it just yesterday school was starting for the year? how could it possibly be over an hour since the school day started? That's not to say we're not all excited and exhausted and ready for Winter Break, just that the time between the… Continue reading Time Flies When You’re Not in Lockdown
Shortly after the fire at Hackley, I decided that I needed to seriously look at the amount of junk I'd accumulated in my house... a few months later, much of the "nope, don't need this" stuff was finding new homes courtesy of the Salvation Army. But then there was The Collection. I'd never really gotten… Continue reading What was I thinking (and what am I thinking now)??
Since the lockdown started, I've spent most Tuesday nights attending a Mussar class run by Congregation Beth Elohim. This week's middot is simplicity, and I've been thinking a lot about how that plays into my role as a librarian/teacher. The first thing that jumps out at me is the collection: weeding, updating, making things more… Continue reading The simple life for me
Last week I looked at this week’s forecast and saw snow was predicted. Fine... but it’s a week away. Over the next few days amounts of snow and arrival days kept changing: 5” Wednesday and 8” Thursday? no... 12” Wednesday and 3” Thursday? no... Tuesday it seemed to settle on 1-2” Wednesday night and 10+”… Continue reading Finally, something normal