Taking a deep breath

Well, it finally happened: I got a new job. It's out of city which means that between now and the end of June the following needs to happen:
  • create an operations manual for my current job
  • complete several on-going projects
  • find a new place to live
  • find a new place for my ex to live
  • pack and unpack for both
  • buy a car
  • find a new doctor, dentist, vet, dry cleaner, etc.
  • attend my 25th HS reunion
  • attend the Annual ALA conference
Stay tuned.


I wasn't going to comment

The Terri Schiavo case is one of those that really gets under my skin. Trying to separate the facts from the inflamed opinion on either side of the discussion is difficult - is it a "persistent vegetative state" (and what does that actually mean) or is she responsive (and can she recover)? is her husband a murderer or trying to acceed to her wishes? why can't her family give up or are they trying to save her life? Even more important, why are we expected to have fully-fledged, well-informed opinions without real facts and knowledge? How many more people are going to parade on the screaming head shows blaring opinions?

This article by Thomas Fleming was mentioned in a discussion group I follow. It's pretty powerful and one of the best on the topic I've read yet:
Hard cases make bad law. They also cause people to lose their moral bearings and their political principles. The case of Theresa Schiavo is no exception. Like many controversial issues, the Schiavo case pits states’-rights/limited-government Republicans against big-government Democrats who want to take power away from families and give it to federal judges. In this case, however, it is Barney Frank who is arguing for states’ rights and the entire Republican congressional caucus that is empowering judges. To take the irony one step further, President Bush—who, as President, has done next to nothing to protect innocent life—is now emerging as the spokesman for a “culture of life.”... To come to a proper understanding of this issue, we have to distinguish between what we know and what we do not know.
Read the rest. Then try to decide what's right and wrong.


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Say it ain't so

Sarah Weinman asks Goodbye, NYIBC? Words can't express how upset I am about this. Several years ago, I approached a booth for something called The Readers Vine - an on-line group of people discussing books and book-related stuff.

TRV ceased to exist in 2001, and a group of dedicated, hardworking volunteers took over, creating The Readers Place. I've made so many good friends through this community, it saddens me no end to see that what helped "matchmake" is ending.



When I was a naive young thing at my all-girls boarding school, I read a number of romance novels (ok, ok, some were closer to porn). I haven't forgotten them: the story of one, who's name eludes me, has embedded itself in my memory as possible the Worst Plot of a Romance Novel Ever. Now Beth comments on how they've warped her view of Doing It.

How many others are out there, suffering as I, and Beth, did? (þ: Sarah Weinman)



Why would anyone use a Rotor Script (þ: Language Hat)?

Notable Quotes

If you take the 'w' from 'answer', the 'h' from 'ghost', the second 'a' from 'aardvark' and the 't' from 'often' you can say 'what' and no one will hear you because they're all silent letters.


Why wasn't I asked to pose?

Naked girls warning (it's good to know that Michael Allen's looking out for us, though)

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It takes so little

It's still fairly chilly here in the Big Apple, despite the sunshine. Add to that various free-floating anxieties about life and work and, well, it's feeling very grey right now.

BUT then...

I get out of the subway on my way to work, and there's a promotion for the show Jake in Progress. It's only been on once or twice (maybe) and I've not watched it but I think the conceit is that we (the audience) are watching a date unfold in "real time", much like on 24. The promotion people are giving away flowers. Nothing expensive, nothing fancy, just a simple daisy.

And suddenly, things feel just a little less grey.


Kindred Spirit

As many of my library friends know, I am on a quest for the perfect blueberry muffin. I've come close... but so far it's eluded me. Imagine my pleasure when I read yesterday that Aravis is on a similar quest!

(I won't comment on her cat/treadmill thougths because I've had similar ones. Not to mention waltzing with my Howard while listening to Evita! )


Many Languages, One America

I do think that people immigrating to a new country should learn the country's official language. It's part of what makes us a country, a group. Having said that, it's ok if you speak whatever you spoke in whichever country you lived in prior to moving here as well.

The U.S. English Foundation supports the idea of English being our Official (and only) Language, but to their credit they've done a great job mapping who speaks what where here in the US.

Living in NYC, it's really apparent that there are many languages spoken. Looking at the information on where I grew up, though, was interesting. 38 languages spoken! In descending order: English Spanish, Italian, Serbocroatian, Polish, French, Russian, Vietnamese, German, Ukrainian, Arabic, Chinese, Bielorussian, Korean, Gujarathi, Hindi, Tagalog, Japanese, Romanian, Albanian, Urdu, Pennsylvania Dutch, Greek, Welsh, Hebrew, Yiddish, Thai, Slovak, Dutch, Swedish, Portuguese, Mon-Khmer, Cambodian, French Creole, Hungarian, Swahili, Turkish, Lithuanian and Norwegian. Who knew?

Check out your hometown: U.S. ENGLISH Foundation (þ: Bookslut)

Looking for inspiration

This just sums up my day

Notable Quotes

Replacing logic questions with writing is perfectly in keeping with these instant-messaging, 500-cable-channel times, when the emphasis is on communicating for the sake of communicating rather than on having something meaningful to say.


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  • My friends in the "flyover" states tell me that clouds make up for a lack of landscape. This is for them: The Cloud Appreciation Society (þ: Internet Scout Report)


It's snowing out...

what better time to start thinking about where you've been:
bold the states you've been to, underline the states you've lived in and italicize the state you're in now...

Alabama / Alaska / Arizona / Arkansas / California / Colorado / Connecticut / Delaware / Florida / Georgia / Hawaii / Idaho / Illinois / Indiana / Iowa / Kansas / Kentucky / Louisiana / Maine / Maryland / Massachusetts / Michigan / Minnesota / Mississippi / Missouri / Montana / Nebraska / Nevada / New Hampshire / New Jersey / New Mexico / New York / North Carolina / North Dakota / Ohio / Oklahoma / Oregon / Pennsylvania / Rhode Island / South Carolina / South Dakota / Tennessee / Texas / Utah / Vermont / Virginia / Washington / West Virginia / Wisconsin / Wyoming / Washington D.C /

Go HERE to have a form generate the HTML for you."


Notable Quotes

"Books are doors that lead into the street," Patricia would tell her. "You learn from them, educate yourself, travel, dream, imagine, live other lives, multiply your own life a thousand times. Where can you get more for your money. Mexicanita? And they also keep all sorts of bad things at bay: ghosts, loneliness, shit like that. Sometimes I wonder how you people that don't read figure out how to live your lives."

Queen of the South, Arturo Perez-Reverte


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Survey time

If you read this blog, and any other blogs, you can help blogads with their survey of Blog reader demographics 2005. (þ: Bookslut)

Who'da thunk?

Philip Pullman's favorite fictional character is Tintin, and Dianna Wynne Jones' favorite is Emma. Puts a whole new light on their writing, doesn't it? (The 100 favourite fictional characters... as chosen by 100 literary luminaries)

Don't you hate it

when your personal life takes over? I mean, here you are, a reasonably intelligent person with important things to do, and *wham* all this personal, emotional stuff just floods in?

That's what the past week has been like for me. I was on break, getting somewhat unbustled and unplugged - not to mention getting all sorts of things done - and then the emotional hit came. I felt personally betrayed and professionally adrift, and feeling like you do when you're at the beach, standing about ankle deep in water and the wave starts to pull out, sucking the sand from under you. That sense of being pulled in deeper into the abyss... of losing your footing... that's been the past week for me.

It's taken since then to start to come out of it. Some progess has been made through personal reflection, some through conversation with others. But it has been progress and, hey, small steps are ok. One realization is that I need to try to separate my emotional and professional life more. I don't mean that I need to learn not to cry at work, I mean that I need to not take the professional stuff so seriously. As one of my friends says, "It helps not to care."

So in addition to unbustling and unplugging, I'm going to work on not caring. Stay tuned for progress on all three.


Virtual vs hard copy

Michael Allen comments On the road to virtual, how publishing has changed to deal with virtual print and publicity.

As I said yesterday, printing out a copy works better than reading on-line. Glad to see I'm not the only one that thinks that way.