Today at the library where I work we had a big yard sale, bake sale and raffle of prizes donated by local businesses. It was a fund-raiser to benefit the library which finds itself in danger of losing state certification because of budget reductions in a town facing serious financial difficulties.
A yard sale, bake sale and raffle are not remarkable in and of themselves as far as homegrown-style fund-raising goes. What made it remarkable to me was that the entire effort was the vision of an elementary school child in town who loves the library and emphatically declared to her mother that they should have a yard sale for the library after an election to raise taxes was turned down by voters in July.
An article ran in the local weekly paper about her along with her photo and her parents spearheaded the efforts in support of their daughter’s wish to help the library. I came down on my coffee break during my shift today and the auditorium was buzzing with activity. I made a few purchases and was happy to buy a paperback edition of the complete poetry of Robert Frost, an American poet who I like very much. I know it probably sounds odd why someone who works in a library would buy a book but sometimes I do buy a few of the books that I read. Especially at bargain prices…
I won one of the raffle prizes for a gift certificate at the local wholesale odd lot store in the plaza next door and immediately went hunting for possible birthday prasad ideas to offer next week in anticipation of meditation activities close to home and in New York with Sri Chinmoy but came up short in that department.
I haven’t heard the results yet of this event to benefit the library but the young girl who felt compelled to contribute to our community is certainly rich with a wealth that money cannot buy. The staff at the library feels that her sentiment is replete with self-giving and enthusiasm and we sincerely thank her from the bottom of our hearts.
Life Coach Priscilla Palmer recently created a list of top sites to aid personal development. In her introduction to the list she defines personal development as “a large topic that includes but is not limited to (law of attraction, goals, time management, physical fitness, education, motivation, inspiration, and social skills). This list should include any blog you feel can benefit us in our growth process.”
I look forward to exploring this comprehensive list of blogs sharing a positive focus. And I wish to offer hearty congratulations to some of the sites that I already frequent and always benefit from reading which are included in this personal development list:
With the Fall Equinox only 2 days away, I shouldn’t be surprised that my habit of taking a daily constitutional (a.k.a walk) at around 7 pm would mean that the sun sets and darkness rises before I finish. Today’s warm summer-like day inspired me to journey on the bike path along the water located only a short distance from my house. Since the sun was setting even as I headed out, I left my camera at home – quite uncharacteristic for me since I love to take photos of nature and birds along this well-worn route, this shot of the moon over the path being one of them.
After staring for a while rather wistfully at the half moon as I walked, the darkness slowly enveloped me and led my thoughts to wander to a recent reference question at work. The patron (a.k.a customer) wanted books on visual and auditory learning. Once I determined that our library catalog used the subject heading “cognitive styles” to tag this subject, I unfortunately determined that we did not have any books particular to that topic. My colleague with more years of reference under his belt than myself took over mid-stream but we did not end up meeting her wish to walk out the door with books related to this topic. I wondered what type of learner I was – visual or auditory and this dusk to darkness transition seemed a metaphor for the visual to auditory shift.
As nighttime caused my visual sense to recede, I spontaneously turned my evening walk into a symphony of sounds. Like a child discovering her environment with newness and awe, I concentrated fiercely to see what sounds surrounded me. It was an eye-opening — or should I say ear-opening — experience to notice just how often I am focused on the visual when I walk on the bike path with all its stimuli of flowers, swans, clouds, marshes and water. Soon my focus swam instead in the chorus of crickets, the cry of a seagull, the wind rustling in the trees around me and the lapping of the waves against the river and marsh banks on each side of me. The shipyard on the other side of the Providence River added the noises of human civilization with its punctuated addition of cargo contents loading and unloading off of large ships. I decided that the auditory sense tends to get neglected when our surroundings offer charming visual feasts. The musicality of the sounds around me seemed just as worthy of attention and the darkness of night provided a shortcut to that particular destination.
The true test will be my vantage point during a daytime walk along the path. On a glorious fall day with a gentle breeze, the tactile sense may crowd in as well when that breeze glides into my heart. Have you ever tried to determine your learning style? Are you a visual, auditory or tactile learner? You might try my experiment and walk through a favorite environment during both day and night and see wherein you find the greatest charm.
One last note – it only seemed fitting that I should write this post while listening to music. I picked another theme song of sorts for this girl on a road. I hit repeat on Itunes and wrote with the song Never-ending Road (Amhrán Duit) from the Ancient Muse CD on playback loop. Loreena McKennitt, another Canadian vocalist genius lyricist and singer, writes/sings:
The road now leads onward
As far as can be
And hedgerows in threes
By purple mountains
Round every bend
All roads lead to you
There is no journey’s end.
Over at the blog The Cool Librarian, I saw the widget for the first time from the All Consuming site affiliated with 43 Things. All Consuming solves the unresolved issue for me related toLibraryThing, in which I would rather show what books I am currently reading instead of the ones I own and in most cases have already read. Since I work in a library, almost everything I’m reading is also a borrowed library book so it doesn’t really qualify as an item to catalog in my personal library at LibraryThing.
The All Consuming site is pretty fun. It allows you to share books, movies, music and food – yes even food! that you are either currently consuming, have already consumed or are intending to consume. People ask questions about what they should read next, rate what they read and create favorite lists. You can upload photos for items missing one and add entries for something not already in there. I already uploaded an album cover for Ferron’s Impressionistic CD which is a nice greatest hits retrospective collection of her music.
43 Things‘ purpose is to inspire you to set goals and get ideas from what other people are entering there as well. Since I like to meditate, reading entries related to the meditation tag already found me referring someone to a homestudy class in meditation available on the Sri Chinmoy Centre website. Once you set a goal, you can also prompt a message to you at some future point in time to remind you of your intentions.
So that’s the background on my new “I am consuming” widget in my sidebar. Maybe my next post will mention more about the two spiritual books I’m currently reading “A Sacrifice of Praise” and “Wisdom Walk.” Until then, what are you consuming as we speak? Hope you’re enjoying it!