Monthly Archives: June 2006

Ask Me Later: Need a Flag?

The folks at Ask Me Later alerted me to a site offering free American flags; just pay shipping. Since our flag has shredded itself in the wind, we were in need. Timely information for Independence Day!
Ask Me Later: Need a Flag?

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Just got back from a Spanish Language Outreach Workshop in Park Rapids, in Way Up There, Minnesota. It was a lively and engaging group, and the workshop was great fun as a result.

One of the added benefits of this particular workshop was the discovery that the headwaters of the Mississippi River, Lake Itasca, was only 20 miles away. We went. It was seriously wonderful. Unfortunately, I hadn’t taken my camera with me – another reason to have a camera phone! – but here’s a link that will provide some info.

It’s a beautiful area. And having been at the Mississippi’s end in New Orleans, it was very cool to walk to the middle of the river at its start.

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New beginnings

The reunion weekend was terrific, but I was a bit sad that I wouldn’t be able to stay for the impending birth of my DSD’s daughter. DH stayed the weekend, since the birth was scheduled for Monday. I had to return to Minnesota, since I was due in Park Rapids on Tuesday for a workshop. My grandma moment would have to wait.

Or not.

Alannah Leannan apparently had different plans. While shopping on Saturday, Kelly started feeling funny….then in pain….then rather definitely in labor. We got the call while at the reunion that we were grandparents and were congratulated by all.

Alannah was 7 pounds, 9 ounces, 19 inches long and absolutely beautiful. Not that I’m biased.

I’m glad Alannah decided grandma couldn’t wait. Welcome, Little One.


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What an amazing evening. It was incredible to gather and get to know each other again – or for the first time, in some cases.

I am lucky enough to have remained friends with a group of amazing women that I met in high school. Some of the men, too, to some extent. But it’s really these women that have been the mainstay of my life for over 30 years now.

We’ve seen each other through marriages and divorces, through the births of children and grandchildren, through career changes, recalcitrant teenagers, new houses, and everything else. Everything. We can go without seeing each other for months or even years, and when you walk in the door, it’s as if no time has passed at all.

It was terrific to see old classmates at the reunion that I hadn’t seen in a long time, and to mark the astonishing changes in a few of them. But it was the chance to have an evening with my buddies that made the trip.

Here’s to you guys. Don’t know what I’d do without you.

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The Spirit of ’76

I’m heading home this weekend for my 30th high school reunion. I’m going to have an advantage over many of the folks who will be there. I’ve read their biographies.

I volunteered to help in compiling the biography book for the reunion, and so they’re being sent to me to publish. Of course, I’ve been reading them along the way, and it’s been an experience in itself.

The high school we attended is a private, Catholic school in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The class had 206 graduates, from all walks of life. Our parents spanned the economic spectrum, from parents who were struggling to raise the money for tuition to those who owned major businesses in the Milwaukee area. (One classmate actually got a brand-new Camaro for his 16th birthday.) Most of us fell somewhere in the middle.

We went through school with teachers and administrators telling us we were one of the brightest classes they had ever had. I’m not sure any of us really believed that, and assumed that it was something they said to every class. In retrospect, however, we were a really bright class. Case in point: my GPA at graduation was somewhere in the neighborhood of 3.4. I was ranked 102nd in the class. I made the top half of the class by the skin of my teeth with an A- grade point average.

Given that, I shouldn’t really be surprised by the biographies I’m reading, but I’m really impressed with what we’ve done with our lives. We have doctors and lawyers, accountants and engineers, teachers and laborers. We have librarians, academics, a judge…and even a nun. We’ve had children and grandchildren, been married and divorced, and have experienced the loss of friends, family, and classmates. We’ve survived cancer, have traveled the world, and have now come to life in our late 40’s realizing that, while things may not have worked out as we planned, on the whole, things have worked out. (Our classmate, Sister Mary Matthew noted that, “If you want to give the Lord a laugh, tell Him your plans.”)

I’m very much looking forward to reacquainting myself with this group of people. How lucky we are, to have known each other and to have the chance to reflect on what we’ve become.

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Free web tutorials

Always alert grad-school buddy Susan (who isn’t a blogger, but should be) sent this nifty link my way. According to the site, they offer,

“Full Web Building Tutorials – All Free
At W3Schools you will find all the Web-building tutorials you need, from basic HTML and XHTML to advanced XML, SQL, Database, Multimedia and WAP.”

If you’re the default web guru at your library and find yourself wondering where to start, here’s the place.

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They’re coming….

Exciting new post this morning from Chrystie on the OCLC blog, It’s All Good:

Today I’m visiting Metronet, MINITEX, and the Minnesota State Library Services (division of the Minnesota Dept. of Education), aka “the 3Ms” on the subject of WebJunction Minnesota. Their site goes live in September and we’re (myself and colleague Jeff hall) here to get to know 3M staff a little better, as well as develop a project plan for implementing whatever WJ-MN is to become. I’m excited about this partnership because it’s the first time we’re working within a statewide collaboration in order to offer the customized site. This should get us off the ground early with a number of participants (though they already have some WJ cheerleaders in these parts!) as well as welcome a number of different types of libraries to become involved.

I’m admittedly one of those cheerleaders, and I’m delighted Minnesota is now a partner! I can’t wait to see what’s in store…

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A week or so ago, I was given rhubarb by my swell neighbor, Emily. I grabbed some strawberries and started to surf for recipes for Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, which is one of my favorites. As luck would have it, a great blog called Tigers and Strawberries had a recipe that I tried. Fabulous. Absolutely fabulous. And easy.

While talking blogging in Mt. Iron last week, Renee was kind enough to bring rhubarb treats, and I told her about this pie. Here’s the link, Renee! Enjoy!

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I stand corrected.

In response to my language rant, Parkdalian responds:

At the risk of being a quibbler I feel I must point out that orientated is indeed a word.

Being a librarian, of course I checked. Ask Oxford provided the answer:

Frequently Asked Questions
Which is the correct spelling: ‘oriented’ or ‘orientated’?

It really doesn’t matter: it’s a matter of personal taste. Orientated is currently preferred use in general British use. Oriented is prevalent in technical use, and in the US.

I stand corrected. I guess this makes me a true American. ; )

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Kitchen, in process

No, it’s not done yet. Perhaps in my lifetime. But here’s an updated photo.

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