things to smile about…

“It was the best of times…”  SPARC Open Access conference – new colleagues to network with! Kansas City, MO – the Plaza, Brio Grille, Jack Stack, and a great view from the Intercontinental Hotel new Honda CR-V with heated leather seats and hands-free bluetooth kudos from a colleague at rival in-state school on our data…

not libday7…

I should be staring at the pages of my novel, I mean writing, adding words to paper/screen, but instead I am procrastinating. Okay, I’m actually mulling over the action and dialogue for chapter 21. I managed to write a couple hundred words over the lunch hour today. I don’t know if other writers work this…

january slipped away…

The kids returned to their lives in early January and my house was noticeably quieter.  With Jenny’s help on a visit mid-month, the Christmas decorations were relegated to storage for another year – except for the wreath on the door which I keep forgetting to take down. I seem to remember it’s there when the…

a hostel by any other name…

Not. Edinburgh with the kids was supposed to be my first adventure in hosteling. 17.50GBP per night. A 4 bunk private room, shared bath. Right off the Royal Mile. Busted water pipes forced the hostel management to relocate us. You don’t mind, do you? Not right off the Royal Mile… but right on the Royal…

in the immortal words of…

Immortal? Probably not… I’ve had a little time today to get to some blog reading that has been sitting in my feed reader forever. I stumbled across a recent post on Copyblogger that I’ve been thinking about a while:  It’s Time to Shoot Your Blog. Okay. I’m not going to kill it, but I do…