Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I wish I had thought of this video. I am now going to think about which books I would use if I did a similar thing.

I had played around on YouTube before - mostly when someone sent me a link. Today, I entered lots of different terms into the search box. This is the best video I found. I am not about to show you the worst.

Once again, this was fun!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

A couple of posts ago I mentioned that I had finished The gods drink whiskey : stumbling toward enlightenment in the land of the tattered Buddha, which I had found by looking for a different book. Another book that I found at the same time, is called Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert.

This has been one of the books that I learn so much that I go around annoying everyone with factoids. The dust jacket says Gilbert "describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrow and misestimate our satisfactions." This is better than any introduction I could give you. Gilbert has a wealth of information at his fingertips and he uses it all to teach and entertain us.

I have a habit of judging a book by the first sentence (although the cover is often a help) and Gilbert starts his foreword with this sentence, "What would you do right now if you learned that you were going to die in ten minutes." It got me hooked.

If you are interested in psychology, imagination, happiness or humor (Gilbert is very funny, I think) try this book.

Now I am off to try the third book with stumbling in the title: Stumbling and raging : more politically inspired fiction.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

So now I am supposed to tell you all which of the 71/2 habits of life long learners is the hardest and which is the easiest for me.

The easy one for me is creating a toolbox especially if it includes information. I love to gather facts and tidbits about a subject. (This is one of the reasons I am a librarian.)

Over the years, as I have taught myself various weaving techniques, I have gathered lots of books, magazines, websites, etc. that have been useful as I have learned double warps, overshot, and other things about weaving. Of course, besides lots of how-to information, I have gathered yarn (a closet full), two looms and lots of other tools. It would be better not to discuss all the stuff that I have accumulated with my family! They think my tool box is much too big.

The hardest life long learner skill for me is having confidence in myself as a learner. I am often second guessing my abilities and even though I have been weaving since 1978, I would hestiate and look up more information before I would offer to teach you to weave. Not that I would refuse, I just would want to brush up on those skills one more time before sitting down with a student.

Thanks for the opportunity to think this out. And thanks also to Pamunkey for the opportunity to play. This is fun.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

I am so impressed by the number of staff that have gotten their blogs up and running. We are close to 60 by my count.

Thanks to Fiction_L, a listserve I belong to, I found a link to another library whose staff are also doing a 20 (or 23) Things project. This library is somewhere deep in Texas. If you want to see what they are doing go here:

I went so far as to look at their participant list and it looks like they are just like us. Some of their blogs are long, some short, some people admit to their stuggles and others found blogging to be an easy part of their 23 things.

I suppose I should go get ready for my next meeting...

Thursday, October 04, 2007

So do you believe in synchonicity? Or maybe it is just serendipity. I am reading the second of three books that I found in PamCat by searching under the word "stumbling" as a title word.

The first book (with stumbling in the title) would be a great book for our Readers' advisory group when we do Travel books. That book, The Gods Drink Whiskey: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment In The Land Of The Tattered Buddha, was a fasinating look into Buddhism in Cambodia. I don't know much about either Buddhism or Cambodia, but thanks to Steve Asma, I now know more.

Asma has a great sense of humor, which is useful when you have been hired to teach Buddhism in a country that has believed in this religion much longer than the US has existed. Thanks to the politics of Cambodia over the last 30 years, the average person knows little about their native religion.

I would recommend this book to any one interested in religion, history and foreign politics.

The second book, which I am reading now is Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert. I will let you all know if this book is as good.

So here is the sychronicity or serendipity or whatever. Asma quotes Gilbert in his book on Buddhism. Doesn't that seem odd to you? Did Asma deliberately use the word stumbling? And will the third book have any relationship to these two.

By the way, I was looking for a book that I thought had stumbling in the title. It did not, apparently, and I don't ever think I found the title I was looking for. However, it was a good way to find at least two good reads.

If you have ever stumbled on good reads through our catalog or another library catalog, please leave me a comment.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

It is about time I post something on this blog. I have had it since 2005, but never posted often. I have sent the old blog posts off to wherever old blogs go.

Now with the 20 things we are doing at Pamunkey, I am going to try to post as I work my way through the 20 things in 24 weeks.

I am looking forward to seeing what other staff do on their blogs.

I will be back soon, Patty