Writing, Reading, and Thinking

A few days ago, I posted a TED blog entry about Susan Cain's talk The Power of Introverts.  I found out about Ms. Cain quite by accident while purchasing a Kobo title.  Most of the time, I give the 'recommended' titles after my clicks a quick glance.  Sometimes the lists are dead on, and sometimes …

The Best Things In Libraries Are (Sometimes) Free

I wait for a number of things in life.  My ever-growing  list now includes two Hobbit movies, a new Richard Armitage interview, a new season of Mad Men to première, any given novel, and the yearly Library Journal  Best Free Reference list.    This list goes beyond Wikipedia to spotlight the best in websites offering accurate, current, …

Midweek Geekiness

Where the heck do I start? How about a new Avengers trailer? Trailer number one made me giddy, while trailer number two amps my anticipation to warp 11.  We have a collection of well-beloved super heroes, played by some well-beloved actors,  with Joss Whedon directing, and his lines flowing out of Robert Downey Jr like …

TED 2012 is happening right now and this woman is on my radar. A few months ago I came across a book called Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain. I may look like an extrovert, but I value solitude and I value the so-called ‘quiet ones’. Why? Sometimes we need quiet, and those who are quiet, to hear new ideas. Hopefully Susan Cain’s talk will upload shortly.

TED Blog

Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Susan Cain, the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, is an introvert. So as she gets up to present from the TED2012 stage, bag in hand, it is not a comfortable experience. But it’s an important one, and that’s the point.

Her family grew up reading — they would read together and bring books on trips. That’s how they were social. She tells a story of going to camp at age 9. Her mother packed her a bag full of books to read quietly, the normal thing her family did on vacation, thinking camp would be the same, “I had a vision of ten girls sitting in a cabin reading books in their matching night-gowns.” But when she got to “Camp Rowdie” (as they spelled it), she was ridiculed the first time she read her book, for not…

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Book Talk: Awareness

I came across this book during a retreat nearly 8 years ago.  Some books get read and forgotten.  This one not only got read by chance, but stayed with me for many years.  At first the cover suggests some nice essays, with clever phrases, and people going away feel all nice and warm. Not this …

Boys, Girls, and Walkers

Last night on The Walking Dead, Rick and Shane dukes it over who shall lead the group.  It reminded me of nature shows like Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom or anything on The Discover Channel.  Basically two males of a given group, let's just call this a pack, fight it out for supremacy and for …

Not As Achy as I Thought

Yesterday I participated in the Great Grain Relay with some other Red River staff members.  I agreed with a friend of mine to write something for her wellness newsletter and I will have to spare the details.  As soon as the newsletter comes out, I will link to the details.  I can say for a …