Reblog: Advice I Would Give My Younger Self

Tony’s Bologna offers stand up, tongue in cheek observations.  Sometime his unique point of view is right on point .  IMHO this post is one of his best.

To bait the hook:

Figure out What You Want to Do and Double Down

I’ve been like a freshly caught fish, flip-flopping on the shore of choice. Some days I want to do this, so I flop over here. Other days I want to do that, so I flop over there. Listen, choose one thing you want to go for and go all in. Think about what excites you and do that. Your work should ideally be confused for your play. Although it’s more comfortable to ease into the pool of life, how you get to the other shore quicker is diving in and swimming confidently, hence the double down.

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National Archives at the Movies

The Motion Picture Preservation Lab at the National Archives performs conservation and preservation work on motion picture records. Among the millions of feet of film handled by staff each year, they’ve identified some of their favorites for your viewing pleasure!

Get your popcorn and join us for a variety of historic films from the Motion Picture branch of the National Archives.

Click here   See such classics as  Duck and Cover (Cold War anyone?), Zip Code with the Singing Six  (Haven’t we had zip codes forever?), and Smokey Bear (not bad for a 70 something bruin.).

Citizen Archivists

Citizen Archivists
Whew! You’ve been working hard. We’ve had an unprecedented number of Citizen Archivists who have been tagging, transcribing and commenting on records in the National Archives Catalog. In the past 8 weeks  1,975 Citizen Archivists have contributed:
260,967 tags
111,015 pages of transcriptions

Reblog: Ripples of Hope

Do you think that the world will be better or worse after the Coronavirus?  Our air pollution has gotten much better.  Our increased use of plastic has created more plastic pollution in landfills and the ocean.  We are forced to address the inequities in our health systems and what it means to be essential.

Sunrise silence
Will it be the dawn of a new day?

Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial has written a thoughtful blog post on the topic:

My friend Stephen sent me this earlier in the year, and it gave me great hope that, just maybe, our individual actions could make this world a better place. At the time, Australia was in the midst of terrible bushfires, and I was questioning whether our attempts over the previous two years to live more sustainably had really made any difference at all in the grand scheme of things.

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Reblog: Within the Sounds of Silence….

What is silence?  Is it the absence of sound?

I love libraries–particularly if I’m the only one in there.  Of course without patrons, there would be no need for a library.  What do libraries sound like when no one there?  Do you hear the whispers of Shhhhhh blowing softly past your ear?

The New York Public Library is currently closed.  It is still full of ambient sounds.  Click here to read about a recording of New York Sounds that are helping people get through the Coronavirus lockdown.  And listen to the quiet library

Live in the Time of Coronavirus, Pt 13: Reblog: Letters from the Spanish Flu Pandemic

At the end of World War, the world was struck with the Spanish Flu Pandemic.  Troop movement at the end of the war hastened the spread of the flu, which was often followed by pneumonia.  How was life  different one hundred years ago and how is it the same?

UCLA Biomedical Library picture

Read this interview with a special collection librarian from UCLA to find out how little difference a century makes between pandemics.



Reblog: Yoke of Responsibility

Wreaths across America--crowds

Are you bitching about having to remain in your comfortable home because of the Coronavirus?  If so, you may need to read this powerful blog from Cecilia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.  Be sure to watch the video at the end.

Privilege is having more than one cup to drink out of. It’s being able to pay exorbitant prices for toilet paper or hand sanitizer or face masks during a crisis. It’s not having to worry about how we’re going to eat or keep a roof over our heads next week….

State of America’s Libraries

America's Libraries 2020Once a year, during National Library Week, the American Library Association issues a report on the State of America’s Libraries.

It outlines

 statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries during the previous calendar year. Although the report focuses on 2019, libraries are shown to be on the frontlines addressing societal and community challenges — a role they are certainly playing during the COVID-19 pandemic today. Many libraries serve as first responders who take on roles outside of traditional library service that support patrons’ needs and community development. Functioning at various times as career counselors, social workers, teachers and technology instructors, library staff give special care to adopt programs and services that support the most vulnerable and curious.

National Bookmobile Day–April 22,

national book mobile dayNational Bookmobile Day celebrates our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day. Each year, it is celebrated on the Wednesday of National Library Week. In 2020, National Bookmobile Day will be Wednesday, April 22. Materials will be available in late 2019 to begin promoting 2020 National Bookmobile Day.

Thanks to JeanMarie at, we can look at several old time bookmobiles.

Bookmobile -old school

Guest blogger: JeanMarie Olivieri

JeanMarie posted this gem on her blog.  Click here to read the entire article, Dear Diary.

junk drawer


A place for everything ̶
everything in its place ̶
everything else in the junk drawer.

A tidy home is not the same
as a clean home. I know
where everything is;
just don’t look close at my floor.

Everything has a purpose
except the quarter inch of plastic
I found on the floor one day.
It might be a screw,
but it has grippers on it,
although it’s too small to hold a picture.
The hole on top
is for an allen wrench
if I had one that small.

Where did it come from?
What does it do?
Can I afford to toss it away?
These unanswerable questions
keep it in my drawer.

Reblog: What are the Books that New Yorkers are Reading During Quarantine.

Some titles like Michele Obama’s Becoming remain at the topic of the list.  Others like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone may be a surprise.  To read the article click here.

1. Becoming by Michelle Obama

2. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

3. The Dutch House: A Novel by Ann Patchett

4. Deacon King Kong: A Novel by James McBride

5. The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

6. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb

7. Normal People: A Novel by Sally Rooney

8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K.  Rowling

9. The Water Dancer: A Novel by Ta-Nehisi Coates

10. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood


The brighter, lighter side of social distancing….

The rebel fish

Went for a short walk yesterday during the lockdown.
We’re allowed a walk.
Heard this shouting from a couple of streets over.
People are even more annoying than usual, I find…
Theres a six feet exclusion zone now.
Great. Now I have to let people get closer to me than ever.
It’s usually 15 or 20 feet.’Pauline’ he shouted. Again. Again.
Is it his dogs name? Who calls their dog Pauline?. 
Paulie?  Mollie?
Has he lost his young daughter?
The noise seemed to be getting further away, says my wife.
That’s because we’re walking, I said.
He didn’t stop.
We took a turn,up a hill. Suddenly out of an alley a young man sprang out.
Looked like he climbed out of a chimney 100 years ago.
We stopped walking,feeling threatened, our exclusion zone was down to 20 feet..
He stopped and stared straight at us.
‘Have you seen a…

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Reblog: Redefined Words by Changing a Letter

 The Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding,  subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.
Here are the winners:
> 1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
> 2. Ignoranus: A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.
> 3. Intaxicaton: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
> 4. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
> 5. Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
> 6. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
> 7. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high
> 8. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.
> 9. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
> 10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease.
> 11. Karmageddon: It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.
> 12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
> 13. Glibido: All talk and no action.
> 14 Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
> 15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.
> 16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
> 17. Caterpallor ( n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you’re eating.

The Washington Post has also published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.

And the winners are:

> 1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.
> 2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.
> 3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
> 4. esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.
> 5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.
> 6. Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only     a nightgown.
> 7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.
> 8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.
> 9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.
> 10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.
> 11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.
> 12. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by Proctologists.
> 13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.
> 14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
> 15 Frisbeetarianism, n. The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
> 16. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men

Blue Hour to Golden Hour

I am a big fan of the ‘thin’  places and times when the portal between the natural world and the spiritual worlds blur and you can almost imagine transitioning portals. This post defines segments within that magic period of transition.

Blue Hour to Golden Hour, Yesterday was all about the blue hour of a sunrise. We all know that light is the crucial element in photography.  For sunlight, %

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