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SEPTEMBER 2, 2012 11:07PM

Hurricane Season


levee by the lake, courtesyy NBC News 


 There's the Red Cross tips and then there's mine. 



1.        Making the Hurricane Season run from June 1 to December 1 is a big fat government conspiracy to sell more batteries and flashlights.  Most hurrica/… Read full post »


I grew up in the last days of pre-internet, pre-credit card catalog shopping in a small town.  My mother hated shopping.  She really hated clothes.  She had her polyester slacks, her Keds, her white anklet socks, and camp shirts.  There were a few dresses in the c/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 1, 2011 9:52PM

Too Old for Apple?

 I am a fallen woman.  I was able to buy an ipad-2 this summer and it has been my constant companion.  I sleep with it.  I downloaded 40+ Georgette Heyer kindle books during their sale in August and have been reading them ever since.  I think I need a 12-step program.… Read full post »

JUNE 18, 2011 8:04PM

He's not a myth, he's my father



1)       When he was a baby, his mother called him Rastus.

2)       He was interested in hydroponics in the 1940s and grew pair of cottonwoods that started in water.

3)       According to my mo/… Read full post »

JUNE 15, 2011 11:17AM

Blogger's Block: A Case Study


Yes, I’m back and it was not a flounce.  Are you all still here?  I am, barely.               

 What can I blame the silence on?   Work.  Oh, yeah, lots of work.  Lots and/… Read full post »

JANUARY 31, 2011 9:57PM

Green Hornet Hell

 green hornet athletics

This movie makes no sense at all.  I guess that if you drink a lot, sleep around, destroy property, and piss off your really really rich dad, one day you too, can turn into a super-hero.  All it takes is:

1.  Coffee. 

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JANUARY 8, 2011 7:50AM

Turning 39--Again

I don't know when I decided to stay 39 forever.  I think it was in this century.  

Jack Benny and Smothers Brothers TV stars with ties on

 Childhood memory:  My mother was SO MAD when I looked at her driver's license and tried to add up the years.  I was bad at math, so I… Read full post »

DECEMBER 24, 2010 10:01PM

Sacks of Coal

 They say, if you mis-behave, you will get coal in your stocking.  What have we done this year?  

Here is a preview of what the Republicants are getting tomorrow.


coal with man


coal gift bag 

north pole coal co 


 Here's a picture of Krampus, the Northern European co… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
DECEMBER 14, 2010 9:52AM

Christmas Like Dickens

victorian christmas

Every year we librarians are beseiged by the public demanding to know how they, too, can celebrate Christmas just like Charles Dickens. 

After exhaustive research and a great deal of experimentation, we have established the 12 steps of a Dickensian Christmas.   This progr… Read full post »




Because I love all you insomniacs on Open Salon,  I have decided to share my secret method of falling asleep.  


 Don't stop reading here!

 You haven't seen my list of cant-fail, Ambien replacing, REM inducing doorstop narcoleptic t… Read full post »

Clip art librarianClip Art or Police Sketch??  

 We all know that they exist.  But did you ever wonder where they come from? 

             The librarian who when asked if you have a book on how to treat a snakebite and are/… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 12, 2010 9:32PM

The Mystery of the Black Cat from Paris

    pinkerton_eyeunofficial  motto of the ALA


Occasionally, even I, Walking Bibliography, need help.  Luckily, the Online Catalog at my Library can usually point me to something on the shelf—for the public I serve.

 But what about when the librarian has to play… Read full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2010 8:22PM

How To Haunt

  ghost and mrs muir

the rare sexy ghost:  from The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

             It is not strictly necessary to be dead . . .

in order to haunt.  You can be alive, but you must be dedicated.  Jobs and school and family keep… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 9:31AM

Non-Banned Books Week 2010

 I read banned books    I do!  I really do!

In a week the 29th annual Banned Books Week will begin.  I've been watching Banned Books Week for most of that time, beginning as a recent college graduate working for the the American Library Association (ALA) and continuing to this day a… Read full post »

  Rising Tide PosterThe elegant Rising Tide V poster


I am not an expert blogger.  Hell!  Does this even count as a blog?

Thank you, Open Salon, for designing something this simple and easy, so that I don't have to do much more than upload a photo and write.

 In the… Read full post »

Austen image from FanPopDancing on graves


Jane Austen is always underfoot, thanks to endless movie adaptations—please, stop!!!!!    Now, of course, we will have Jane Austen movies with zombies in them.  Stop!!!!  Please!!!!!   That’s what all those movies led… Read full post »

  Carnegie again

My mother was a librarian.  She was a private librarian. 

Our book collection grew during my life and she would always know something around the house that I hadn’t read.  I grew up browsing shelves in our back hallway—science fiction, mysteries, old colle… Read full post »

JULY 25, 2010 9:31PM

Family Ghost


Family secrets are a specialty, including lying, exaggeration, withholding facts.   My mother had secrets and hid them so deep that nearly nothing could escape their secure burial. My brother decided that his cancer would be a secret.  Death broke the seal.

There I was, for hi… Read full post »

 Washington's teethWashington's dentures 


Sometimes my teeth ache. 

But that doesn't mean I'm going to call a dentist.  I even have dental insurance, and I thank god for it, but . . . . .

I have Dorian Gray's teeth.  My husband has suffered through root canals, crowns, filling… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JUNE 10, 2010 9:53PM

A Streetcar Named Hogwarts

 Hogwarts Express



This morning I asked my son, “You’ve been at Hogwarts for three days, can you turn a teacup into a rat?”

He looks at me, eyebrows raised.

              "Can you at least fix broken glasses--…

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JUNE 8, 2010 8:20PM

It is Better to have Libraries

WPA library poster

Years ago, when I worked at the American Library Association (always in humble capacities),  there was one ALA-produced poster that I preferred to all the others.  It said: It is better to have libraries in times of no money than money in times of no libraries.

While it is… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 30, 2010 11:47AM

Unusual Summer Reading Choices Open Call

   Jack PumpkinheadThe Land of Oz


While there are series going on into infinity, including more fantasy series than Gandalf can shake a stick at, let's look at some more interesting choices.  Warning to readers:  you may have to enter a public library to have access to these books.&… Read full post »

MAY 28, 2010 11:27PM

Summer Reading Program Blues

 Every year, we face the same challenge and we find the same rewards. 

splash2010 CLSP Summer Reading Program

          There is a piece of research proving that kids who participate in a Summer Reading Program at their local public library do not eRead full post »

  Paperboy 1997

Dav Pilkey is a children’s author.  But not the "Mr Wiggles" or "Cutie-Pie Mouse" kind of children's author.  Dav Pilkey is Dr. Seuss hopped up on Ritalin.  There are no Deep Thoughts in Pilkey (but you might pretend that there are).  

Dav Pilkey was aRead full post »

MAY 20, 2010 10:01PM

Psychoanalysis in a Can

 I don't even remember what I was looking for when I found this stuff on  Don't blame me--blame your unconscious!!!



Freud Therfreud  ballapy Ball








freud parachuetSky-diving Freud!






I want o%IMAGE…

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