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Matting down the grass

ImageI put on a stern voice every morning as I try to get my dog, Penny, to ‘go poop’ after her breakfast. She wanders about, obviously taking in something more than I can perceive. She circles a spot and smells intently making a slight move as if – no. That was the wrong place. She bounces away and starts mimicking a tracker again, following some invisible trail.

“Go Poop!”

I imagine that I am helping her.

Despite my frustration with the dog this morning, I start doing exactly the same thing later in the day. I just arrived at the library to do a bit of quick studying (for the Chem Praxis Exam), do some research (regarding a product I am consulting on), and check email before I head over to the Enterprise Center of Johnson County (ECJC) for a lunch seminar. Because I arrived just at opening, there is nothing but space here and only a very few people. Like my dog – or like Dr. Sheldon Cooper trying to find a good movie seat, I go through the same antics.

I’ve wandered around for a while looking, then tried a few possibilities, and even now I’m sitting at what is decidedly NOT the right place.

I need to get something (other than this) done, so I think I’ll try just one more place and get to work.



Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Personal Life, Uncategorized


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Zite is clearly on to me

This is the second article my iPad news reader, Zite, has pulled up for me on the beauty of libraries and books. This time it is an illustrated list of 15 home libraries that I wish I had.

I was immediately reminded of photos of James Murray, the original editor of the Oxford English Dictionary amongst all his reference books and little slips of paper that he used to compile the tome. Murray’s work has been documented (at least) three times in long form. Once by his grand-daughter, Elisabeth Murray, titled Caught in the Web of Words; twice by Simon Winchester as The Meaning of Everything and The Professor and The Madman.  Admittedly, I’ve had The Professor and the Madman on my list of ‘to reads’ pretty much since it came out and have not yet gotten around to it. 

OK – that’s it. Off to bed. I hear this sleeping thing is really important.


Where did that notecard go…

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Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Uncategorized


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