Use And instead of But

I heard an Army officer say once, that when you have an alternate opinion, use the word And which is inclusive rather than But which implies I disagree with you and my opinion is better.

Made-up example.

Person A “The solution to the problem is obvious, we should ask the complainer why he is unhappy.”

Person B “But we should also offer a solution when we find out why he is complaining.”

Rather Person B should say “And we should also offer a solution when we find out why he is complaining.” It acknowledged Person A’s contribution and does not discredit or diminish it.


Today is National Hot Dog Day

two hot dogsCan we be frank for a moment?  On July 4th, Joey Chestnut once again won the eating contest at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Contest by eating 71 again.

Most of us are not in his league, but if you want to eat hotdogs at free or reduced prices, this day is for you.  Lifehacker has put together a list.

What do you call your hot dogs:  Franks, Weenies, ‘Dogs, Weiners? Do you prefer hotdogs or hamburgers?

Do you like them grilled, fried, boiled, steamed, or some other way?  Do you eat pigs in a blanket?


Should hot dogs be consumed a natural, in a bun, with catsup, mustard, or mayonaise,  plain or toppped with chili, cheese, onions or relish?

What is your favorite hot dog side?  Beans, coleslaw, mac & cheese, potato chips, some other type of chips, french fries?

What is the perfect beverage to accompany your dog?  Beer, coke or pepsi, cold water, milk, iced tea  (sweet or unsweetened) ?

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Inspiration-Creative hands

What I’d like to be when I grow up…..

In the World of Thoughts

Age is limitation of mind

Passion is bound by imagination

Imagination creates Art


Dr. Padha an intense learner

For me inspiration is not found in the books or idealism of known names. It is in the extra ordinary people whose daily routine is an example for others. Exploring, experimenting and innovating not only creates Artist , also the world of harmony.

Would like to share with you life of someone, who in his view is very ordinary, but for the people who are associated with him in any way (friends, relatives, neighbors) his simplicity and disciplined way of life is worth to follow.

At age of 78, when most people feel that they have nothing to learn or share, here is a man who is multi talented and still learning. He is into wood sculptures , mostly miniatures, a self-taught attempt. Bonsai is one of his interest and he has…

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How to Speak ‘Hoo: Final Exercises

At most colleges or universities, you graduate on campus.  At the University of Virginia, you attend Final Exercises on the Grounds.  Last weekend UVA had a 3 day graduation weekend.  On Friday, Virginia native Pharell Williams gave an address to the graduating class of 2019.  On Saturday and Sunday, the various colleges and schools held commencement exercises.

The North Grounds Recreation Center (home of  the Law School, the Darden Graduate Business School, and the Army JAG school, plus the John Paul Jones arena home of the NCAA 2019 Basketball  Champions)  had a cute whiteboard cartoon to celebrate Final Exercises.

Final Exercises

Reblog: New Govinfo Webcasts

Govinfo is the website of the Government Printing Office and the source of (often) free government information.
Five new govinfo webcasts are now available at from the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO). This marks the third installment of a new tutorial series that offers guidance in navigating GPO’s Recordings are brief—from one to 11 minutes in length.

The newest webcasts:

· Advanced Searching Techniques in govinfo (10 minutes)

· Creating More Complex Searches Using Metadata in govinfo (6 minutes)

· The e-CFR or Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (5 minutes)

· Working with the U.S. Congressional Serial Set in govinfo (2 minutes)

· Spotting Misinformation: The Importance of Digital Authentication (11 minutes)

Other govinfo webcasts available:

Introduction to govinfo
What’s Available
Introduction to Browsing
Introduction to Basic Search
Introduction to Advanced Search
Introduction to Citation Search
Introduction to Search Query Operators
Introduction to Metadata Field Operators
Working with Search Results
Finding Related Documents
Using Help Information

No prerequisite knowledge is required, and GPO encourages all to share and post these brief educational webcasts on your web pages and social media.

More webcasts will continue to be posted and announced throughout 2019.

April Days to Celebrate

April Fool’s Day-1 April.  According to

Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563.

April is School Library Month. The 2019 theme is Everyone Belongs @ Your School Library SLM2019_Banner_Letterhead

magnetic fridge poetryApril is also Poetry Month. National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.  If you can’t write your own poem, use the magnetic fridge poetry to creat one.

nlw19_poster_tileOne of my favorites, National Library Week, is April 7-13.  Check out your local libray or take a librarian to lunch.  Yes, you do need a masters degree and no, we don’t sit around reading books all day.  That book that you just checked out had to be selected, purchased, cataloged, available to find and check out in the integrated library system, prepared with stamps, security stripped, and shelved so it was available for you to  find and read.

It figures that if you have libraries, you need library workers. Celebrate National Library Workers Day on April 9.

Preservation Week is April 21-27.  From the Preservation Week webpage.

In 2005 the first comprehensive national survey of the condition and preservation needs of the nation’s collections reported that U.S. institutions hold more than 4.8 billion items. Libraries alone hold 3 billion items (63 percent of the whole). A treasure trove of uncounted additional items is held by individuals, families, and communities. These collections include books, manuscripts, photographs, prints and drawings, and objects such as maps, textiles, paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and furniture, to give just a sample. They include moving images and sound recordings that capture performing arts, oral history, and other records of our creativity and history. Digital collections are growing fast, and their formats quickly become obsolescent, if not obsolete.

preservation week 2019.

On April 22, celebrate Earth Day. Clean up your neighborhood, recycle, plant or care for some plants. Eat vegan for a day. Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day now includes events in more than 193 countries, which are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.

Lenten Thoughts

Tenacious Grace how strong the hand
That extended out to mine
And lifted me up into the arms
Of Love from the Divine.

The guitar sang to me while Father Rick was playing Bach’s Air on a G-string, transcribed for guitar.

Lord, hear my prayer.
I need you.
Are you there?

Lord, hear my prayer.
If I listen
Will you care?

Lord, hear my prayer.
I sense darkness

Lord, hear my prayer.
I feel your presence
On the air.