The Push and the Pull of Family and Holidays

Thanksgiving-Turkey-DinnerNormally, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  It’s a time to get together and just enjoy being a family.  We generally spend it with my husband’s family and that’s been okay.  Not this year though.  Because of this and that, they’ve decided to combine Christmas and Thanksgiving.  Now, maybe you’ve one of those families where Christmas is more like my Thanksgiving.  Maybe you get together and make cookies and eat turkey and whatever.  In my husband’s family, that’s what it looks like on the outside.  Continue reading

On the Retirement of Hayao Miyazaki – Ben Clark

I don’t have the wherewithal to write this eloquently about anime, but this is a great article about and endorsement of Hayao Miyazaki (who I also heartily endorse). Read it. Then go out and have a Hayao Miyazaki marathon. You’ll be good for it. I think I’m going to do the same thing in the next week.

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It is a misunderstood culture. You will never find a more wretched hive of body odor and social awkwardness than at the conventions. The clubs are the toddler-fenced play space for would-be autocrats. Every fan seems to be wearing a garish costume and haphazardly tossing foreign words into his speech (fitting the pronoun, the fans are predominately male). America has embraced Comic-Con; that is, sexy people like Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron can go there without having to fear anything more than adoring fans, let alone social disgrace. But will we embrace anime? And why should we?

Hayao Miyazaki recently retired from making feature films. The goal here is to persuade you to care, if you don’t already, but first to try to determine why you might not care at the moment.

Miyazaki-san is the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, which is, in essence, the Pixar of East Asia (so Pixar-like…

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Something We’re Doing

Please pardon the quick and dirtiness of this post.  I’ll get right to it.

Our library (Hagerstown – Jefferson Township Library) is finding its identity.  I truly believe that part of the problem in “library land” right now is a struggle for identity.  We’re trying to do it all and, in the process, we’re losing ourselves.  Hmm.  I think that means that libraries are going through a midlife crisis.  Nothing wrong with that.  It happens to everyone and everything.  There’s the initial excitement and oohs and ahhs and then everything settles into a routine and then the routine becomes a rut and then you wake up one morning and wonder how you ended up here and what the point is. Continue reading

Ode to a School Librarian

This article may or may not appear in the Nettle Creek Gazette depending on if the editor thinks I’m poking the bear too hard.school_library_word_map

No group of librarians has been more under siege in recent history than the school librarian or media specialist.  As a public librarian, I don’t have any insider information on why this is happening.  My suspicion (and experience in my home school district) is that the budget is being used as justification for the cutting of this position within schools.  Arguments have also been made that ubiquitous technology has rendered the school library obsolete. Continue reading