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I, consumer (July 4, 2020)

Reading An active, critical approach to engaging with community needs that explicitly acknowledges the influence of social, cultural, financial, and political power on information access and information behavior is necessary for librarianship to confront limitations to freedom of speech and informed citizenship (especially in Black communities). Park Dahlen, S., Chancellor, R., Lee, S., Gibson, A., […]

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2018 Fritz Haag Riesling (Mosel)

Riesling is one of those wines that I rarely think about or crave, but when I find a good one, I will easily grab 2-3 bottles. This riesling comes from the steep slopes of the Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr region in Germany. It has a dense, lemon chiffon color in the glass. The nose offers strong melon […]

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The supposed pleasures of the chase

Cal Newport, computer scientist at Georgetown University, talks about how one successful college coach has survived (until now) without using email. “We might notice that our current commitment to unrelenting, uncontrolled, attention-devouring incoming communication is not necessarily the sine qua non of digital age productivity.” “Nick Saban Just Got Email” by Cal Newport Most of […]

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2006 Insignia Red (Oakville/Napa)

There are many factors that determine a great bottle of wine, but one of the most important is “occasion”: when did you open it, why, and with whom. Sharing this bottle with my family during COVID-19 on the occasion of my birthday certainly made it memorable. It also helped that it was a remarkable vintage […]

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The shattered remains of a supernova

NASA’s website allows you to see what image Hubble took on your birthday. Here is one from my annual year around the sun celebration, taken in 2015. “Continuous as the stars that shine and twinkle on the Milky Way, They stretched in never-ending line along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at […]

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Spring sneaks past

A day full of wind and rain caused a number of my sunflowers to topple over. Their downfall brightened our table earlier than usual this year.

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Recognize the opportunity

Meredith Farkas has pulled together a series of her thoughts about the impact of COVID-19 on libraries. This statement made me feel particularly seen: “While my commitment to my place of work feels deeply broken, my commitment to the people I work with is stronger than ever. And I’m struggling with the conflicted feelings all […]

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Let it go

Aisha S. Ahmad, assistant professor of political science at the University of Toronto, has an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education with some useful advice about productivity in the time of quarantine: “Know that you are not failing. Let go of all of the profoundly daft ideas you have about what you should be […]

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In all fields of interest

“For sixty years, Dover Publications succeeded with a unique business model and a founder who was willing to defend that model against changes to copyright law that he believed threatened to undermine it.” “This is a Permanent Book” by Karin Falcone Krieger Like many English majors in college, I acquired a number of Dover editions […]

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First daffodil of the season