Oldest Library in Europe?

Reblogging for all you book and library lovers: Never before seen images of the oldest Bodleian Library reading room. How I'd love to write there, surrounded by history!  Click through to the article for more images.  Photograph by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0 Built in 1487, Duke Humfrey’s Library is the oldest reading room in the …

Barbara Kingsolver on Our Post Election World

UPDATE: I've excerpted the end of her article; click the links to read the entire peice. I'm relying on the words of beloved author Barbara Kingsolver's words about what's happened to our country and  where we go from here.  From the Guardian 11/23/16 If we’re artists, writers, critics, publishers, directors or producers of film or television, we …

A Clouded View

When I come downstairs in the morning I open the door for my two critters, who trot happily out the door. They always greet the day with tails held high, so delighted to greet the world. I sip my coffee and come to consciousness more slowly. In fact I'm cautious how I approach the day. Will I …

To Stand Under

How do we learn to live with people who aren't like us? Mahzarin Benaji researches unconscious bias at Harvard. She discussed her fascinating and important research  this week on the podcast On Being. Dr. Benaji uses the word "implicit" instead of “unconscious,” because of "the implication that the unconscious is this incredibly motivated, smart process that is constantly trying to do things …

How to “Not-go” to that Dark Place

“You have to not-turn to anger, not-turn to resentment.” That advice comes from a man who spent 26 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, to kids who find themselves entangled in the juvenile justice system. He's helping them know themselves through writing, and to learn to manage their chaotic lives and hopefully survive the system. Stay I was …

Holiday Goodies

A Merry Christmas to All Here's a few treats for you to make the Season bright.  Enjoy this beautifully told tale of friendship, gifts and shared holidays: My Christmas message at Clearwell's blog bears repeating here, if you can forgive the pun. Please watch this sweetly beautiful animated tale of Bear & Hare, dear friends who have …