Daily Acts of Citizenship – A Message to President Obama on His Birthday

Dear President Obama, Happy birthday! I admit that haven’t felt particularly inspired to “sign” the many different birthday greeting emails being sent around by political groups these last few days. Throwing my name on such a digital file seems fairly thoughtless. It seems Mrs. Obama agrees; her message this morning to share something about how …

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Negotiation – I Don’t Think That Word Means What You Think It Means

Lacking White House plan, Senate focuses on infrastructure (The Hill) The president also defended his decision not to put a rebuilding proposal at the top of the agenda, telling The Wall Street Journal it would have been a “waste” because it’s a bipartisan issue. “A lot of people said you should have started with taxes …

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Volunteering – Getting as Good as You Give

I participated in a panel at the SLA 2017 Annual Conference entitled Beyond the Day Job: Developing Leadership Skills Through Voluntary Service. My recap (below) was originally posted on the SLA LMD blog: It was my honor and pleasure to join four of my colleagues as one of the presenters on this panel. The session …

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Fun with Alcohol and Explosives – Just Like the Founding Fathers Intended!

Although I have lived in the SF area for over 20 years, I have never before watched fireworks over the Bay; Steve *thinks* he remembers doing it once in his 25 years here. Neither of us are really big on crowds, and we don’t think it’s a good use of our time to drive somewhere …

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Tangled – A Raccoon Reunite Tale

As I’ve mentioned previously, while reuniting a separated baby raccoon with its mother is possible, there are several factors that come into play when determining if the attempt should be made (location, health of the baby, circumstances of intake, etc). The literal baby hand-off last year was a unique experience. Typically when a reunite is …

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Special Librarians Deserve Special Cider

As I think I’ve mentioned previously, finding a nice place to have a cider while travelling, or better yet a local cider to enjoy, has become an essential part of my travel planning in recent times. From a stop at the local bottle shop before departing Inverness in Scotland, to planning several evening stops while …

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Forks, Choices, Priorities, and Reflections

Just thinking about the many forks in the road that have led me to where I am, and I realized how much I have to thank Cassady for me ending up in California. During my senior year of college, I started applying for dramaturgy internships at theatres around the country. There weren’t many offered in …

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Blazing a Path on the Sonoma Cider Trail

The tasting room for Ace Cider is not the easiest place to get to, partially because you have to find it tucked away behind a warehouse on the grounds of their production facility, but primarily because it is only open from 1-5 on Friday afternoons. This was not someplace we could head to on a …

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Happy World Cider Day from Oakland!

In honor of World Cider Day, Steve and I headed over to Oakland with friend Marie to sample the offerings at Crooked City. Steve and I had been at the location previously for the NorCal Cider Classic the night before this year’s SF Cider Summit, but we hadn’t sampled the Crooked City ciders that evening. …

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Pollution doesn’t respect borders, but climate change has to be made local

You will probably get depressed reading this article, but it’s worth it to stick with it to the end. It ends on a hopeful note, and a lesson for talking about climate change. The plight of the polar bears may hurt me in my soul, but lots of people have more immediate concerns. If you …

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