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A Little About Me

When preparing to graduate with a BA in English (not the most practical, work-ready degree, I realize) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I knew I needed to have some sort of additional education to have a career. With the love of reading and all things books, library school seemed like a logical choice. (BTW, love of reading is not a very good reason to go to library school, especially now, though possibly never, just as my library school instructors mentioned.) I went to library school at Emporia State University (Kansas) June 1993-December 1994 with the goal of working in a public library. Although I didn't necessarily appreciate all of the group work and presentations at the time, overall, that was a surprisingly happy experience.

Fast forward to now, where I still haven't ever worked in a public library! I'm a medical librarian working in a hospital setting, where I've been since 1999. (I can't think about that year without thinking about the Prince song, which didn't seem to be a problem during 1999 itself!) Work revolves around doing medical literature searching, helping people with their own database search strategies, obtaining and supplying articles, coordinating the continuing education program for physicians, overseeing the library budget, processing new books and journals, etc. In other words, absolutely nothing related to what I thought I would be doing as a librarian!

In my free time, though, I still read as many books for pleasure as I can, including books with my four-year-old daughter. This blog will contain my personal thoughts and feelings--not professional critiques--about what I'm currently reading, entries about some of my favorites from the past, and tidbits related to books, publishing, bookstores, and writing. Anything and everything of interest to me and related to books. Hope you join me!


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Current Little Pleasures

Girls' weekend in Omaha with Maya and her friend.

Happy Buddha:  Sweet Orange and Cedar Shower Foam from RITUALS

Time for iced or blended peppermint mochas.

Shopping for little gifts for Maya's Japanese pen pal.  They were matched through their schools, and we're hoping she can stay with us for a few days this summer.

The flock of wild turkeys, foxes, and other assorted wildlife entertaining us this fall.

Thanksgiving plans to visit my sister.

Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas is back!

Current Little Pleasures

Christmas Keepsake Week, July 14-23, filled with Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel.

Sending Christmas (in July) cards with a Peace greeting to some of my favorite people.  Why not??

Scott Tube Free Toilet Paper--nothing to recycle.

Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream--always!

Baby Driver movie.

Seeing photos from my sisters and niece on Facebook during their Italy trip.  I can't imagine they will want to come back home!

What are your current little pleasures?