Friday, April 18, 2014

Daily Thoughts 04/18/2014

Daily Thoughts 04/18/2014

This morning, I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I have been reading more of Raising Steam.  It is enjoyable.  The book is part of the Discworld series.  The steam train has a name, the Iron Girder.  The cast of characters like Vetinari, the lord of Ankh-Morpork and Moist Von Lipwig are recognizable from the other books.  However, this book can very much stand alone.

I also watched the movie, Chronicles of Narnia, The Voyages of the Dawntrader.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Daily Thoughts 04/17/2014

Man Writing Facing Left, Vincent Van Gogh, 1881

Daily Thoughts 04/17/2014

This morning I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I read a bit more of Raising Steam.  It is kind of gilded age fantasy with goblins, dwarves, gollums, and industrial magic.  The story is built around a steam engine used to create a railway.  The book is on the New York times bestseller list.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Daily Thoughts 04/16/2014

James Sant, The Fairytale, between 1845 and 1870

Daily Thoughts 04/16/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.  I am off for the next several days.

I started reading Raising Steam this morning by Terry Pratchett. It is humorous fantasy.  Its a nice break from serious reading.

Mount Vernon Public Library Will Face Its First Public Vote

I took a break from reading and watched two films today, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty starring Ben Stiller, and the new Superman movie, Superman Man of Steel.  The Superman movie was better than I expected.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Daily Thoughts 04/15/2014

A Philosopher, Jusepe De Ribera, 1637

Daily Thoughts 04/15/2014

I finished reading Smarter The New Science of Building Brain Power by Dan Hurley.  The author describes how there are very mixed results for improving intelligence, however, memory and attention can be improved for specific tasks and activities.  I read about a concept called the Flynn effect, or how the average intelligence quotient has been steadily rising for the last 100 years.  This says that when social, nutritional, and educational opportunity change, people become measurably smarter.

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.  We had a staff meeting this morning.  We discussed the vote, customer service, and strategic planning.  I am going to be on the strategic planning committee.

I checked out the new Terry Pratchett book, Raising Steam.

I signed up for again so I can do a little more online training.  I have some time off this week.

I spent some time reading the latest copy of Publishers Weekly.

It is the last chance if you want to sign up to be a library trustee at the Mount Vernon Public Library.

The board of Trustees of the Mount Vernon Public Library is meeting tomorrow on April 16, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

On the way home, I read a little dark humor, The Coffee Table Book of Doom by Steven Appleby and Art Lester.  It is an illustrated guide to all the different ways the world can end.  It covers everything from nuclear winter to grey goo to climate change.  It was worth a little morose humor.  It helped me with the stress I have been feeling.

I am glad I have several days off to read and relax.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Daily Thoughts 04/14/2014

A Philosopher in Meditation, Rembrandt, 1632

Daily Thoughts 04/14/2014

This morning, I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library. I also read a little bit of Michelle Style Celebrating the First Lady of Fashion by Mandi Norwood.  It is not something I usually read.  It is about Michelle Obama as a fashion icon.  I never really thought of politics this way.  There is a lot about brooches, sheathe dresses, belts, and shoes.  The books write about this as being perfectly natural.  However, when I was looking through the photographs in Michelle Obama an American Story, there is a picture of Michelle practicing dance.  The book discussion on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. is to read a book about Michelle Obama.

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.  I also placed an order for new books focusing on bestsellers.

I shut down my Twitter account attached to this blog.  I am focusing mainly on the library twitter account now.

I checked out the book, Success Through Stillness Meditation Made Simple by Russell Simmons with Chris Morrow.

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On the way home, I finished reading Michelle Style.  Michelle Obama exercises three times a week for 90 minutes each session doing a combination of cardio and strength training.  She also studied dance all through high school.  She is very fit.  There was a long list of designers in the back of the book. Each chapter had style tips.

I also read a little bit more of Smarter.

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