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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

April eBook of the Month

Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine 16th Edition

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Friday, March 24, 2006

Homestay in Mexico

Rachel's saga continues:

Homestay, not to be confused with stay home. I´m at the home of the pastor of the church here in Guaymas, and I´m spending the night in what´s known as a homestay. Deana, his wife, has kindly shown me to the internet connection, and therefore I´ve plugged in for a few minutes of your time.

The past few days have been interesting, to say the least. Liz and I have reflected on the meaning of ¨Mexico Days,¨ which are both very very long, and very very short. It´s amazing how much a person can get done in a Mexico Day, how each day seems to hold a week of ativities, and looking back on events of the morning feels like looking back on things that happened a week ago. And yet the time flies by... tomorrow is our last full day here, and I can hardly believe it. Back in the U.S., ask me what time it is and I´ll be off by half an hour at most. Here, on the other hand, I am constantly surprised to learn what time it is, as I simply let go of the concept and just do whatever I am doing.

We´ve finished building all the picnic tables, and four of them are painted. I´m hoping to get to finish them tomorrow, but I don´t know if I´ll end up at that worksite. The catch-word of the trip is ¨flexibilidad!¨ And so it goes, every day, as we make plans and throw them away as suits the moment.

It´s been a different trip from my other Mexico trips... but as they say, every trip is different. I´ll have to reflect on that later, as I am not even sure what I think about it. Guaymas itself is everything I´ve come to expect from a Mexico city; crowded and colorful and full of life. (All kinds of life, some more welcome than others, as Liz pointed out when she told about spotting a mouse in the middle of the night.)

As I am struggling with coherency, I will wrap this up for tonight.

Rachel and her Dad left for Kansas yesterday, so I expect to see them Sunday. I find that kind of driving insanity-making. But there's always a good book to read...


Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Spring Break!

I'm working all week in the library, but that's a rarity even for me. So instead of no interesting Spring Break news (you don't really want to hear about trips to the YMCA, although a hike at the state park last Friday night was an interesting challenge), I'm posting my daughter's report, mid-trip, on her travel to Mexico with a church mission trip. I'd love for you to add a report of your trip this week, wherever you go, in the comments following.

Let me travel vicariously with you!

Here's Rachel:


Ohhh, Mexico
I'm writing this from Guaymas, Mexico, at a little internet cafe a couple blocks from the church I am staying at. It is a lovely day, with a cool breeze and a warm sun, and it is darn nice to be here. I have a bit of a cold but you can get medicine very cheaply down here, so I paid a dollar for the equivalent of an entire pack of tylenol cold medicine.

We traveled for three days to get here, which is pretty grueling with a sore throat. Everyone is very nice and we've already gotten to be pretty comfortable with each other. There's Elizabeth, our fearless leader, Dad and I, Pastor Jim from the church in Iola, Whit, Georgene, Sandy, and Aaron, as well as Sue, the border coordinator.

This morning Dad and I went to the paint store to buy paint for our project. Actually we started out going to look for the hardward store to buy a replacement jigsaw blade and some STAIN for the project, but the first store we went to didn't have either. However, the proprietor told us where we could get the other things, so we went to the paint store first since it was closest. We were looking at the stains and I saw some colors and I asked Dad if we could use colors, since we're making picnic tables for kids. So instead of stain we got 4 different paint colors and I think they'll be muy fabuloso.

We spent last night at the church here, but the night before we spent at a place in Nogales, Mexico, which is a mission to feed children and migrant workers. This trip has been pretty cushy, with bunk beds or futons for everyone wherever we go. So I am enjoying not sleeping on a concrete floor in spite of not packing along an air mattress.

I'm not sure if I'll get another chance to update... being away from the computer really isn't the hardship I might think under regular circumstances. So here's the basic outline: We'll be back in Nogales sometime Friday, then in Amarillo, TX by Saturday evening, where Dad and I will pick up a car from the airport and head to Cold Water, KS, for him to preach Sunday morning. Then we'll keep pushing to Wichita and on to Pittsburg so that I can get back for rehearsal Sunday night....

But that all seems pretty far away right now.

Peace to the world.


Can't wait to see her Sunday. Have a good break, all.



Thursday, March 16, 2006

The Little Men Who Love Little House - Why boys like girls books. By Emily�Bazelon

The Little Men Who Love Little House - Why boys like girls books. By Emily�Bazelon

I loved to read to my two daughters... we read the Little House books twice. And I loved the technical descriptions as much as the next boy. I appreciate this understanding of gender differences, but don't think it applies to everyone.

I'll have to ask the girls why they liked Little House.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Monday, March 06, 2006

Wicked good....

One of the most intriguing library blogs I know is Library Dust, "A small gift to the library world from Michael McGrorty."

A couple of posts ago, he made me aware of an ad campaign by OCLC. I like the ads; good visuals as well as reminding me of why I like libraries, even on days when the warm air and sunshine make me wish that at least part of my job was outside cultivating dirt.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Wikipedia and Britannica: The Kid's All Right (And So's the Old Man)

Wikipedia and Britannica: The Kid's All Right (And So's the Old Man)

..."The primary question for info pros is, of course, reliability. Can "the public" concoct and maintain a free, authoritative encyclopedia that’s unbiased, complete, and reliable? ..."

I think wikis, like the internet, are going to be around for awhile. And they will have their use, as does google for quick reference (I use google for quick spelling checks, even. And I prefer their maps to mapquest). Nice to see a delineation of the differing purpose and scope between wikis and a print encyclopedia.

Again, I'm reminded of Roy Tennant's tenet that 'Librarians like to search.... the rest of us like to find." I can't help think that if finding is so much easier on a wiki, it will be the medium of choice.