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Enlighten Us

Last weekend I watched Enlighten Us, a documentary about self-help speaker James Arthur Ray, who was convicted in the 2009 deaths of three participants in a sweat lodge endurance test that Ray organized and led. The documentary traces Ray’s upbringing … Continue reading

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Beware the victim …

Most of us have been the victim of something or other at some time in our lives. Abusive relationships, natural disasters, or hard economic times—we have all experienced these or other hurtful things. What these situations have in common is … Continue reading

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#FOECast – What forecasting methods should we consider?

Today’s question for FOECast’s Ideation Week is: What forecasting methods should we consider? I am far less qualified to address this question than yesterday’s. But in reading a few of the resources that Bryan provided, I’ll offer a few thoughts. … Continue reading

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Today I am Grateful …

(With apologies to the Ketchikan Daily News–I wrote this for their AdLib column but forgot to send it while on vacation last week.) For the past few weeks the Library has had a display across from the circulation desk, asking … Continue reading

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DirLead, day 1

Yesterday I voted at Fawn Mountain School—my first election in Ketchikan—and then headed to the airport. I was waiting for the airport ferry when a woman with a kind face said to me, “Are you the new library director?” “Yes,” … Continue reading

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Hurricane Marilyn

Twenty-two years ago this week, I was living in St. Thomas, working at the Ralph M. Paiewonsky Library at the University of the Virgin Islands.  For the 2 ½ years that I’d lived on the island, I’d heard horror stories … Continue reading

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Kaleidoscopic reading

When I’m stressed or nervous about something, I often listen to radio or a book to get to sleep at night.  It has to be words, not music—something to get me thinking about something else than what is making me … Continue reading

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