Death and Beauty, Love and Trust

One of the cats at my Friday “feral” feed station died yesterday. But this isn’t a sad post. It doesn’t have to be just because it’s about death. Because it’s also about love and trust. Willy (a big brown tabby) and Emily (a petite little tortie) were besties. Actually, I think Emily was more devoted …

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Rationalization, Normalization, Reasons to Feel Exhausted, and Reasons to Get Up Anyway

You Are Not So Smart (YANSS) 125 – How we rationalize unwanted changes to the status quo that we once resisted This podcast, recommended by someone on my professional association discussion list, is a fascinating exploration into the ability of the human mind to rationalize changes and new realities to protect itself. I highly recommend …

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Professional Development That’s Up To You, Not Your Employer

When I ask fellow SLA members if they are going to the conference, there is one response that has never resonated with me: “No, I can’t go because my employer won’t pay for it.” Now, I do understand that some people truly have financial restrictions that simply will not allow for the expense of paying …

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Sharing the Rollercoaster

While we were standing in a long line for the Matterhorn on our recent trip to Disneyland, we found ourselves with these girls in line behind us. Steve calls these girls my posse and my entourage. They were about 10 years old, members of a girls’ dance group, and at Disneyland celebrating one of their …

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2017 – Fast-Growing Vines, No Cow Trade-In Needed, or, A Dire Need for De-Vine Intervention

As you may have gathered from last year’s letter, Steve and I are not farmers. However, we did grow up in relatively rural, grow-and-can-your-own households, and we continue to cling to the dream of a backyard garden in spite of the fact that we live in a place with horrible, rocky dirt for a yard …

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7 Dirty Words

Uproar Over Purported Ban at C.D.C. of Words Like ‘Fetus’ (NY Times) • Diversity • Entitlement • Evidence-based • Fetus • Science-based • Transgender • Vulnerable When the Washington Post broke the story that officials at the CDC were instructing employees not to use these seven words, the uproar among advocacy groups and left-leaning individuals …

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17 reasons you should call your Senators to oppose the Tax Bill that will be voted on THIS THURSDAY

1) The most recent CBO score estimates it would add $1.4 trillion to the deficit. That’s $1,400,000,000,000 from the party that’s supposed to be committed to shrinking the deficit. 2) Corporate tax cuts are permanent, but tax cuts, such as they are, for individuals will expire in 10 years. 3) Many low-income people will see …

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Public Comment Submission re/ HHS Draft Strategic Plan FY 2018-2022

As a reminder, the HHS Strategic Plan is open for public comment until October 27th. Comments may be submitted through the web site, or via email to HHSPlan@hhs.gov. There was no way I could limit myself to the 1,000 character limit through the web site. Here is my submitted comment. Pick and choose and re-word …

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A Little Research Keeps You From Being Played Like a Fiddle

Caleb Keeter’s change of heart about gun rights after the Las Vegas mass shooting has gotten a lot of press in recent days. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the pro gun machine is turning on him with push-back that he was never a “real” supporter of the Second Amendment anyway. I’ve only seen one such article so far, …

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