Year of Gratitude - Day 82 - Oberon

Today is one of my favorite days of the year, a true rite of spring, Holy Oberon Opening Day. Celebrate safely as you enjoy this glorious brewski. Bottom's up!


Year of Gratitude - Day 67 - Jen Preston

Today my friend Jen Preston died. She was a great librarian and we were both interns at Southfield Public Library at the same time. The last time I saw her a few months ago was on the fiction desk at SPL. She was really tired and it was before her heart surgery and that. I'm sad that would be the last time I'd see her, but I was happy to spend a shift on the desk with her one last time.

Library land will miss you, Jen. We will all miss you.

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Year of Gratitude - Day 63 - Goodreads

I love Goodreads. I've bounced around from spreadsheets to obsolete apps to lists that were stored on cell phones of days gone by. Now I happily keep my reading list and book reviews organized in one place. Good stuff.

Some Favorites

Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave & Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Elements of Style
Alas, Babylon
Good Poems for Hard Times
I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
Bicycle Diaries
Selected Poems
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
A Streetcar Named Desire
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Outliers: The Story of Success
Life Is Meals: A Food Lover's Book of Days
The Death of Ivan Ilych
The Road

More favorite books »

my read shelf:
Eva Gogola's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)



Year of Gratitude - Day 61 - Wisdom

“In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.”
—  Thích Nhất Hạnh


Year of Gratitude - Day 60 - Spring Training

If you are from the Midwest or Northeast, winter has really beat you up. It has been pretty off the chain. The most healing experience I have found for the dog days of the endless Midwest winter has been Major League Baseball's Spring Training. Generally, I don't recommend going to Florida, but March and April are perfect for the winter escape. Really, all of winter wouldn't be bad spent in Florida, but in March, there's baseball. It is a wonderful time, a time that makes you believe that yes, the sun is still out there, the earth can still be warm and that perhaps you can use your flip flops again soon.


Year of Gratitude - Day 58 - Southfield Public Library

The Southfield Public Library is my favorite public library. I have so many great memories and lifelong friends from this place. As new graduate student, I visited SPL to complete an assignment. My old supervisor, Nancy Beets, handed me a pre-printed set of answers to my assignment's questions. That first encounter was quick, because the library was rocking. It is still rocking, but a little less than before.

As an intern, I learned from the best librarians in one of the busiest libraries in southeast Michigan. Once we limited computer use for nonresidents, we saw a drop in traffic on the floors. People love free computer and internet service. I sharpened my reference skills and picked up some pretty swell reader's advisory knowledge. Weeding the history and philosophy collections was also pretty great.