Patience & Fortitude…

Patience & Fortitude…

In these times of backward steps in our Democracy and our Nation, I try and remember we’ve been in dark times before, and we survived, and came back stronger..

Like these wonderful iconic literary lions at the New York Public Library, Patience and Fortitude, we need to have patience that our system, our laws, our institutions will endure, and remember that our Nation has lasted nearly 300 years.

And we need the strength of lions, like Fortitude, in the days of “fake news”, lies, deceit, and corruption.

The facts, the truth, will prevail.. I have faith, and hope, and patience, and fortitude. Please vote this year, and each year. Your voice matters for America…



Hurricane Preparedness 2018

..with focus on North Carolina and South Carolina

With Hurricane Florence coming, likely landfall by Thursday, September 13, 2018, I wanted to provide some links about preparedness, especially for those in North Carolina and South Carolina. I have family and friends in the likely impacted areas, and I know they will be getting ready. Hurricane preparedness is something you do if you live in those areas of the East Coast, and can make a big difference to people in an impacted area. My own preparedness experiences was mostly the wildfires in Southern California area. Good planning and preparing makes a lot of difference, and can save lives…

Screenshot, 9/10/18, The Weather Channel

Screenshot, 9/10/18, The Weather Channel

North Carolina Hurricane Preparedness (PDF)

South Carolina Hurricane Preparedness (PDF)

S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHE), Hurricanes and Floods Web site

Ready NC Web site (includes link for app)

NC 2-1-1, Disaster Preparedness and Assistance

Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) Hurricane Guide

Hurricane Preparedness, Mecklenburg County, NC (Charlotte)

Hurricane Preparedness, Oak Island, NC

Hurricane Preparedness, Myrtle Beach, SC

Hurricanes, Emergency Management, Horry County, SC

National Hurricane Preparedness, National Weather Service (NWS)

Hurricane Seasonal Preparedness Digital Toolkit (

Hurricanes (FEMA) (includes link to app)



The joyless president

Teri Carter's Library

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The day I tour Monticello, the beloved, mountaintop home of Thomas Jefferson, our current president is holed up with his iPhone, tweeting in his habitually artless manner. “The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead,” he blurts, and then, “THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY.”

I sigh, turn my phone off. And I wonder, what would Jefferson—a man who found so much joy in books, art, history, science, architecture, and the philosophical debate of ideas—make of a man like Trump?

Regardless of party, we hold, in our collective American consciousness, joyful images of presidents. There is Ronald Reagan on his Santa Barbara ranch, riding his horse next to wife Nancy. There is George H.W. Bush, playing golf with this grown sons in Kennebunkport. There is Barack Obama hosting the cast of “Hamilton” at the White House.  There is Bill Clinton playing with his…

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Out In The Garden Bee-Dazzled And Bee-Dizened And Bees Showing Their Knees

Bees are special and important.. thanks Tish!

Tish Farrell





I popped out in the garden at lunch time, armed with my little Canon Ixus, and found it was all go on the bee front. The header flower, Helianthus Capenoch Star was proving very popular. I’d only bought it the other day, to go in the back of the flower bed that I said was ‘officially full’, and it is still in its pot, waiting for a slightly cooler moment to plant it out. In the meantime, it is being much visited. But then that goes for most of the other flowers: zinnias, cosmos, liatris, doronicum, echinacea, rudbeckia, and the self-sown purple toadflax. So many happy buzzing souls.



And then there was also the hoverfly:


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The Daughter as Detective

Good read.. loved the story opening about library school…


Alice Bolin | Dead Girls | HarperCollins | June 2018 | 27 minutes (7,414 words)

My parents met as library students at the University of Kentucky in 1979. From my intimate point of view, library school is a bit of an academic catchall, sometimes a plan B, appealing to weirdos of many backgrounds. People assume that librarians love books, but that isn’t even it. University librarians like my parents love flying below the radar, omniscient about university curriculum but not bound by classroom teaching, grading, or even regular students. When she went to library school, my mom was a 25-year-old polyglot, very pretty and shy, who until then had been taking graduate German courses and hanging around Lincoln, Nebraska, listening to the Who. My dad was 32, starting a new career after years of working for the army as an Arabic translator. He is very loud and friendly, bubbly…

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Anthony Bourdain’s Interview with David Remnick

Anthony Bourdain—the chef turned author, food anthropologist, and television star—died this week, at sixty-one. Bourdain made his début in The New Yorker in 1999, with an essay called “Don’t Eat Before Reading This,” about working in the restaurant industry. {{}}It was an account of what really goes on in restaurants—extremely vivid, funny, gross, and, in parts, genuinely disturbing. After the success of that article, Bourdain went on to publish his best-selling memoir, “Kitchen Confidential,” a

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* Published: 6/8/18 8:00:00 AM

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