Sunday, March 28, 2010

I just knew it, and here's the proof:

How Librarians Can Save The World

This Book Is Overdue
This Book Is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
By Marilyn Johnson
Hardcover, 272 pages
List price: $24.99

Read An Excerpt

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March 5, 2010

Say the word "librarian," and most people conjure up a frumpy, bespectacled woman shushing people — Marion the Librarian. The image is outdated, Marilyn Johnson argues in her impassioned celebration of librarians and archivists, cleverly titled This Book Is Overdue. Johnson is a former magazine editor and the author of The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries — another wittily titled appreciation of another underappreciated art. She is no stranger to research — and just how helpful a good librarian can be in navigating the overwhelming, "madly multiplying beast of exploding information."

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Helping Tiger and Julia into the World

Tiger and Julia are two butterflies. We helped them go from newly emerged butterflies in a plastic container to toddler butterflies, careening into plants, rocks and our shoulders. After calming down and gathering courage, they suddenly soared off, up and away!

Luckily for them, their lives will be spent within the humid environment of the Pacific Island Water Garden at the Franklin Park Conservatory, alighting on orchids, Lantana blooms and Dale Chihuly glass sculptures.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Mission Accomplished!

Thank you to everyone who made Valentines for our Vets, and for all the comments. Mom, aka Jo Roush, Emily Lane and Suzy Smith of Suzy's Helping Hands were great artists and messengers of our appreciation.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Come on Over Friday Evening and Make a Valentine! Please leave a comment--it will bring $50 more for the Vets!

We'll be making Valentines for Vets and you're invited!
Friday February 12th
From 7:00 to 9:00
Please stop by and make a Valentine
Email me at if you can come, and for directions

No need to bring anything but your creativity!

Valentines for Vets Project

Could You Give Sew Much Comfort to a Wounded Veteran?

I'm hoping you can participate with me in a meaningful Valentine's Day project that will put a smile on the face of a hospitalized veteran and earn a great donation for an excellent cause: Sew Much Comfort.

Keep reading and you will see that all you really need to do is post a comment after this post! But you can do a little more if you'd like.

Valentines for Veterans is a project to boost the morale of Veterans during National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week (February 7-13).

Sew Much Comfort provides adaptive clothing for wounded veterans, through the volunteer efforts of seamstresses and donations of clothing and fabric.

Dollar Days will sponsor a large clothing donation to Sew Much Comfort in honor of the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week. Dollar Days will donate $50 retail value in clothing for every post that is officially part of the project, plus, to encourage your community to talk about the cause, $50 more for each post that receives at least 10 comments.

This is the deal:

  1. Make and deliver at least 12 Valentines for our local Veterans’ Hospital. I am going to have a table set up with all sorts of great things for making Valentines, Sunday, February 7th so please stop by between noon and two and make a couple of Valentines for our Vets!
  2. Blog about the project by February 8, by explaining our craft project, sharing photographs of making the Valentines, focusing on hospitalized veterans and Sew Much Comfort.
During Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week, Dollar Days will be sharing more about how people can volunteer with and donate to Sew Much Comfort and will link up to all of the wonderful bloggers who post on this project.

Thank you, Dollar Days, for your donation!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Starting Out

To chronicle my future journeys and to share my inner thoughts.