Friday, July 21, 2017

Daily Thoughts 07/21/2017

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Felix Vallotton, 1915, La Bibliotheque

Daily Thoughts 07/21/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.


On the way to work, I read some more of How To See How To Draw.  I was reading about different types of inks, papers, and pencils.  I also read a little bit more of Organized Enough.

I checked the gift books and the displays today.

I checked some of the oversize titles as well as some of the 900s.  I spent a little time looking at some books that are not in the system as well.


I read the latest New York Times Bestseller list and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller list. 


I also spent some time putting together the sign up sheets for the computer classes.


There is a Teen Computer Class today from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on HTML 5 and CSS 3.

I spent some time working on my assignment for the Planning and Management of Library Buildings.  They are asking us to design a children's area.

The library is working on a Read Down Your Fines program.

On the way home, I read some more of Organized Enough.  I am reading about time management in relation to organization.  Amanda Sullivan reminds us we should do our big projects first.


Web Bits


Community Centered:  23 Reasons Why Your Library is the Most Important Place In Town

Creators Discuss The Importance of Libraries in Promoting Literacy-- Comics

The Life and Death of the Library of Alexandria
http://lithub.com/the-life-and-death-of-the-library-of-alexandria/

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Daily Thoughts 07/20/2017

The Letter - Pierre Bonnard
The Letter, Pierre Bonnard, 1906

Daily Thoughts 07/20/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Organized Enough today.   I am reading about how clutter is related to fear.

I checked the displays and the gift books today.

I checked some of the oversize books and the 900s today.   I also checked some of the items that were listed as not being in the system.

I bought some supplies for the Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain class also called Lunchtime Art which was from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  I spent some time drawing and helped out a colleague with the class.

There was a Beginning Microsoft Publisher class from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tonight. in the computer lab.

Also, the Women's Enterprise Development Center was here from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the community room teaching a First Steps to Entrepreneurship class.

The book, Checklist of Library Building Design Consideration by William W. Sannwald, 6th Edition, 2016 came in for me to read.  I was finally able to do my class assignment focused on the American with Disabilities Act checklist and the lighting design checklist.  It was interesting and challenging reading.

Web Bits


Libraries Clear First Budget Hurdle In Congress

The Library of Congress Opened Its Catalog to the World.  Here's Why It Matters.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Daily Thoughts 07/19/2017

Still Life. Skull and Writing Quill - Pieter Claesz
Peter Claesz, Skull and Writing Quill, 1628

Daily Thoughts 07/19/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Homo Deus A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari. on the way home.  I thought the last chapter on The Data Religion was philosophically interesting.  However, I don't believe that people will accept the idea easily that intelligence is created from algorithms.  The ideas were captivating in this book even though they were disagreeable.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I spent some time working on scheduling today.

There is a Wordpress class today in the Computer Lab from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  We had a Scratch programming class earlier at 4:00 p.m. for children in the computer lab.

The Mount Vernon Public Library Board of Trustees meeting is today at 6:30 p.m.  A new trustee was sworn in tonight.

I read some of Organized Enough The Anti-Perfectionist's Guide to Getting-- and Staying-- Organized by Amanda Sullivan.  The author focuses on not overdoing things when cleaning and storing things.  She tries to remind people to keep it simple and forgive yourself for being messy.

Web Bits


What Can Some of the World's Most Historic Documents Tell Us About the Documents of the Future

Save the Census

Chicago to Co-Locate Mixed Income Housing, Libraries in 3 Developments


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Daily Thoughts 07/18/2017

Le Cannet Madame Lebasque Reading in the Garden by Henri Lebasque.jpeg
"Le Cannet, Madame Lebasque Reading in the Garden," 
oil on canvas, by the French artist Henry Lebasque. 55.4 cm. x 61.3 cm. (21.81 in. x 24.13 in.) Private collection. Image courtesy of The Athenaeum.


Daily Thoughts 07/18/2017
I checked the Twitter and Facebook this morning for the library.

On the way to work, I read some more of Homo Deus.  I found the idea of  tying humanism with liberalism, fascism, and communism to be a bit of a stretch.

I checked the gift books and the displays.  I checked some of the biography books today as well.

I read the latest copy of the Ingram Advance and the New York Times Book Review.  I also read a copy of the latest Bookpage.

I did some scheduling for July as well as some work on the annual schedule.

Web Bits


Game of Thrones Made It Abundantly Clear Why Real Medieval Libraries Chained Their Books


Monday, July 17, 2017

Daily Thoughts 07/17/2017

Interior with a Young Violinist - Gerrit Dou
Interior With a Young Violinist, Gerit Dou, 1637

Daily Thoughts 07/17/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Homo Deus on the way to work.  I am reading about how we create stories about nations, gods, and corporations.  How humans organize themselves around abstract concepts.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I also worked on some orders of books.

I handed in the CDBG Community Development Block Grant at noon today.

I have a copy of the New York Times Book Review to read.  I also have a copy of the Ingram Advance for August to read.

I am meeting with the Literacy volunteers today at 2:15 p.m. in the fiction room.  The meeting was interesting.  We had three people who came.

The Adult Board Game night is today from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

I read a little bit more of Homo Deus on the way home.  I am finding that some of the descriptions of what humanism is to be inaccurate and simplistic. Also, some of the statements about religious belief are questionable.  I like many of the ideas in the book, but do not find them to be convincing.

Web Bits


Digital Inclusion Week at SFPL

Reay to Code Faculty Get Ready to Go at ALA Annual !

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Daily Thoughts 07/16/2017

John William Waterhouse - The Decameron.jpg
John William Waterhouse, The Decameron, 1915

Daily Thoughts 07/16/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Homo Deus today.  I am reading about how being able to organize cooperatively on a massive scale is one of the things that separates humans from other animals.  People create stories and beliefs.

I placed a hold on the book, Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero.  I liked the review.
http://www.npr.org/2017/07/15/535799772/in-meddling-kids-the-scooby-gang-grows-up-hard?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170715

I checked the purchase alerts today.

I also did some final work on the CDBG grant.

Web Bits


How To Design A Library That Makes Kids Want to Read


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Daily Thoughts 07/15/2017

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Felicyn, Old Man and Young Girl, 1855

Daily Thoughts 07/15/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Wealth of Humans.  I am reading about how immigration is often the best way for people to learn about how to become wealth.  Ryan Avent describes how wealth is generated by social capital over time.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I spent some more time working on the CDBG Community Development Block Grant.

I also spent some time discussing the literacy program as well as talking to Ben Anthony about doing additional immigration help.

I read a copy of Library Journal.

On the way home, I finished reading The Wealth of Humans Work, Power, and Status in the 21st Century by Ryan Avent.  Ryan Avent writes for the Economist.  This is a book of economic ideas focused on the near future.  A lot of it focuses on recent changes in technology.  There are also some descriptions of how cities concentrate wealth and social capital.  The author describes a difficult future with lots of upheaval and social challenges on both the left and right.  Ryan Avent does not try and provide solutions, but rather describes how we got to our current situation and how things may change.  I found the book to be thoughtful, with many ideas that I had not read about before.

I watched the Westchester Library System Central Study Committee which happened at the Mount Vernon Public Library. I was unable to attend, but it was worth seeing

Web Bits


Library Campaign Attacked With Illegal and Misleading Tactics
http://action.everylibrary.org/nixa

One of the Greatest Science Fiction Magazines Is Now Available Online For Free-- Galaxy Magazine Changed the Direction of Science Fiction
https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/14/15970710/galaxy-science-fiction-magazine-online-free-reading-archive


Raspberry Pi Everything You Need to Know

Library Funding Bill Passes Labor HHS

Friday, July 14, 2017

Daily Thoughts 07/14/2017

Bookplate, Dr. P.H.M. Travaglino - M.C. Escher
Bookplate Dr. P.H.M. Travaglino, M.C. Escher, 1940

Daily Thoughts 07/14/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I rested on the train to work this morning.  I had a late night last night.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I checked some more biography books in the morning.

I checked the New York Times Bestseller list and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller list.

I spent some more time working on the Community Development Block Grant this morning.
It is a lot of work.  There are pieces of it which I have to figure out as I go along.

Web Bits



Mount Vernon Unites for MVPL, "Don't Take Our Central Status Away'
This was the big event last night.  I was on the reference desk.

The Reason Publishers Rejected A Wrinkle In Time is the Same Reason Ava Duverny is Making the Movie
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-reason-publishers-rejected-a-wrinkle-in-time-is-the-1796921011?utm_campaign=socialflow_io9_facebook&utm_source=io9_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Daily Thoughts 07/13/2017

The reading - Pierre-Auguste Renoir
The Reading, Pierre Auguste-Renoir, 1890

Daily Thoughts 07/13/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Wealth of Humans on the way to work.  I am reading about concepts of scarcity in economics as well as different ways people organize to make labor exclusive through degrees, unions, and certifications.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I spent a little time working on the Community Development Block Grant.  I have a few things to read, a copy of Booklist and the Times Literary Supplement.

I spent some time checking oversize books today.

I also gathered some statistics for tonight.  I hope the meeting goes well.

Web Bits


Librarians Who Wikipedia: Allison Frick, Glenside Library


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Daily Thoughts 07/12/2017


Étienne Carjat, Portrait of Charles Baudelaire, circa 1862

Daily Thoughts 07/12/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I also spent some time checking the biography.

I worked a little bit on the Community Development Block Grant.  I am looking at some Maker tools.
http://www.ala.org/yalsa/sites/ala.org.yalsa/files/content/YALSA%20Making%20Toolkit.pdf

I spent a little time looking up statistics today for the library.

There is a teen coding class today from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the computer lab for HTML 5 and CSS 3.  There is also an Advanced Microsoft Excel class from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tonight.

On the way home, I read some more of The Wealth of Humans.  Ryan Avent describes how investing in education may not guarantee jobs.  He also goes over the gig economy focusing on services like Uber and markets for crafts like Etsy.

The Westchester Library System's Central Library Study Committee is coming tomorrow.  I am going to be on the refrence desk during the meeting.  Please come in support of the Mount Vernon Public Library.
http://mountvernonpubliclibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/flyer-for-july-13.pdf


Web Bits

Position Statement on Labeling Books With Reading Levels
http://www.ala.org/aasl/advocacy/resources/statements/labeling



6 Story Arcs That Define Western Literature, Data-Mining Study Reveals

The Rise In Print Continues

There Is A Library in Vancouver Full of Hundreds of Books That Have Never Been Published, And Never Will Be


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Daily Thoughts 07/11/2017


Franz Kafka, 1906

Daily Thoughts 07/11/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I rested on the way to work.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  I also put in two orders for books.

I went to the Community Development Block Grant meeting this morning.

St. Paul's Historical Church is visiting today from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in community room.

I checked out the book, Organized Enough the Anti-Perfectionist's Guide to Getting and Staying Organized by Amanda Sullivan.



Web Bits


When Reading Books Was a Group Activity



What Libraries Lost When They Threw Out The Card Catalog
                                                                                                                                      
 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Daily Thoughts 07/10/2017


Books and Bookcase, Keisai Eisen, Japanese, 1790-1848

Daily Thoughts 07/10/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Homo Deus on the way to work.  I am reading about the anthropocene or human epic.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I printed some more flyers.  I worked on an order of new books today.  We had our first Teen Coding Class today from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. focused on HTML 5 and CSS 3.

The book, Simple House Wisdom 425 Easy Ways to Clean & Organize Your Home by Good Housekeeping came in for me to read.  I also am planning on reading Work Clean The Life-Changing Power of Mise-En-Place To Organize Your Life, Work, and Mind What Great Chefs Can Teach Us About Organization by Dan Charnas.

On the way home I looked through Simple House Wisdom.  It is a bunch of tips with photographs.  There were a few things which were worth doing like getting a mat for both inside and outside the house as well as keeping two trays for incoming mail. 

I also read some of The Wealth of Humans Work, Power, and Status in the Twenty First Century by Ryan Avent.  The author describes how the full impact of the digital revolution has not happened. He also confirms the idea that 47% of future jobs will be replaced by automation.  Unlike other authors he does not propose a solution.  Instead he describes how there will be political upheaval on both the right and left with people fighting for ideas.

My third assignment for the Planning and Management of Library Buildings is to check ADA (American with Disabilities Act) guidelines and lighting guidelines.

Web Bits


Lifelong Literacies: Strategic Planning

Bibliophiles Slowly Poisoned by Personal Library



Sunday, July 9, 2017

Daily Thoughts 07/09/2017

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Two Friends, Oliver Ingram Lay, 1877

Daily Thoughts 07/09/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I spent some time looking over the final assignment for Planning and Management of Library Buildings.  There are a few readings from the class which are available online.

Public Library Space Planning

Whole Building Design Guide for Public Libraries
https://www.wbdg.org/building-types/libraries/public-library

I read some more of Homo Deus.  The author is speculating that people will want to seek out happiness, try and eliminate death, and become superhuman or godlike beings in the future.


Web Bits


Something New For Baby to Chew On: Rocket Science and Quantum Physics

Surveyor Geotagging Tool Puts NYPL Photos on the Map

One Library's Creative Advocacy Campaign to #SAVEIMLS

Become A Reading Merit Badge Counselor



Saturday, July 8, 2017

Daily Thoughts 07/08/2017

Thomas Paine by Laurent Dabos, c1791.jpg
Thomas Paine, Laurent Dabos, 1791

Daily Thoughts 07/08/2017

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

I have been helping a colleague with restarting the literacy program.  I am playing a minor part in this.   I also have been talking with colleagues about the schedule for the Teen Coding Camp in the computer lab which is starting next week.

I have been steadily planning the programming for the next year.

Yesterday, I read some more of Visual Intelligence.  I am reading about "willfulness blindness" or refusing to see things which we don't like or make us uncomfortable.  People have a tendency to look for what they want to see.  There is also a section on inherent biases or how we tend to view the world in certain ways which can limit our vision.

I finished reading Visual Intelligence Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life by Amy E. Herman.  This book helped me understand better how an artists training changes the way they see the world.  In order to draw or paint the world, people need to catch the small details and encompass the bigger picture.  I found this book helpful in understanding this.  Also, the methodical approach was excellent because it described what to look for in many images.  Also, Amy Schumer discussed uncertainty, looking at unpleasant images, personal biases and other things which limit our ability to see the world around us.  If someone wants to pay more attention this book is helpful.

I wrote my monthly report today.

I started reading Homo Deus A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari.  Yuval is making an argument that the threats of famine, war, and plague have been greatly reduce.

Web Bits


Libraries Are Not Neutral Spaces: Social Justice Advocacy In Librarianship


TSA Ends Tests of Separate Scanning for Books


Making Sense of A New America: A Reading List


Funding Cuts In State Libraries Leads to a Domino Effect


This is an example of how funding cuts at a higher level spread to a lower level.  It shows what might happen nationally if the IMLS were cut at the federal level.

Distilling Key Trends to Rethink Libraries



                                                                                                                                                                

Friday, July 7, 2017

Daily Thoughts 07/07/2017

Girl Writing - Piet Mondrian
Piet Mondrian, Girl Writing, Between 1892-1895

Daily Thoughts 07/07/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Visual Intelligence today on the train to work.  I am reading about how to describe what you see objectively with great detail.

This morning, I checked the displays and the gift books.  I spent some time working on programming.  I also printed up some flyers.

We are going to work on some e-book orders next week.

I am also going to start working on the 900s.

I submitted my Planning and Management of Library Buildings assignment on maintenance today.

Right now, I am in the computer lab.

I read the New York Times Bestseller list and the Publishers Weekly bestseller list.

I am looking at the book, How to See How to Draw Keys to Realistic Drawing by Claudia Nice.

Web Bits


10 Famous Book Hoarders

New Sendak Picture Book Discovered


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Daily Thoughts 07/06/2017

The writer - Pericles Pantazis
The Writer, Pericles Pantazis, 19th Century

Daily Thoughts 07/06/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook today.

On the way to work, I read some more of Visual Intelligence.  I am spending time looking through details in paintings to catch clues about what the paintings are about.  This is training in perception.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  I also spent time looking over the biography books.

We have a rough outline of all the programs which we plan to do for the coming year for Adult Programming.

I spent a litttle time checking social media accounts.

I have several different review magazines to read, Publishers Weekly, the Times Literary Supplement and the New York Times Book Review.  Tomorrow, I'll probably work on an order for e-books with a colleague.

I put in my first order of books for the new year.

Web Bits


Chicago Public Library Gives Online Courses The Personal Touch

Cassava Republic Brings Africa to America

Final Word from Earlyword


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Daily Thoughts 07/05/2017


This Certainly Is Reading, Francisco Goya, 1799

Daily Thoughts 07/05/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I finished reading Small Hours by Jennifer Kitses.  I like that the story was left open ended.  It is not hard to imagine what might happen next.  I think it will be easy to discuss for a book club.

I also read some more of Visual Intelligence Sharpen Your Perception Change Your Life. Amy Herman discusses confirmation bias and change blindness which are tendencies to overlook differences or unusual occurrences in every day life.  She also describes how it is important to keep track of your environment especially in dangerous situations.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  I put in an order for new books today.  I also put in some stories in the display cabinet next to the computer lab from Share Your Story.

I am working on a few different programs right now.

More of our swag for the Summer Reading program has come in.  We just got in our cups.

Next week on July 13, 2017 we are having a discussion about the Central Library Status with the Westchester Library System at 6:00 p.m. This is a very important conversation for the Mount Vernon Public Library.  http://www.mvinquirer.com/westc-lib.html

There is an Intermediate Microsoft Excel class tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The book, The Wealth of Humans, Work, Power, and Status in the Twenty First Century by Ryan Avent.

Web Bits


Anchorage Library Systems Adopts 'No Porn' Policy

Thousands of Books Donated to Mosul So Libraries Can Be Rebuilt

Nedap Transforms Libraries With Intelligent Shelves


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Daily Thoughts 07/04/2017

Man reading a newspaper - Rene Magritte
Man Reading A Newspaper, Rene Magritte, 1928

Daily Thoughts 07/04/2017

Happy 4th of July!

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook today.

I read some more of Small Hours A Novel.  Jennifer Kitses does a good job of describing the kind of every day cruelties and mistakes which people can make which destroy their lives slowly.

I started reading Visual Intelligence Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life by Amy E. Herman.  This book is about how to pay attention visually.  The author uses training in how to see like an artist to increase the ability to pick up visual cues and see items in your environment.  I just spent a little bit of time doing an exercise in the book focused on drawing things from memory.  The artwork which we used was Rene Magritte, The Portrait, 1935.

I finished making my viewfinder and my picture plane as described by Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.  I drew my hand a few times with an erasable marker.  I was surprised how easy and accurate it was to do this with a picture plane and a viewfinder.

I worked a little bit on my class, Planning and Management of Library Buildings today.  I am reading about maintenance and operations of library buildings.

Web Bits


'The Library of Unread Books' is an Epic Global Library Project

At 10,000 Feet in Colorado's Rockies, A Library Takes Shape, Blending  Nature and Books


Monday, July 3, 2017

Daily Thoughts 07/03/2017

Abend im Café Bauer - Lesser Ury
Abend im Cafe Bauer, Lesser Ury, 1898

Daily Thoughts 07/03/2017

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

I did another exercise in Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain this morning.  I need to buy some more drawing supplies to do the next exercises.  I bought a few more things to make some devices needed for the drawing class.

I spent some time figuring out my schedule for the week.

Tomorrow is July 4, 2017, Independence Day.

I finished reading Extreme Ownership How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.  This book is about leadership as done by the Navy Seals in the Iraq war.  This book focuses on how to maintain discipline both in the board room and in warfare.  It is a very patriotic book.  It is a book which focuses on teaching people to take responsibility for their actions and lead.  I found the writing to be quite intense and the examples to be gripping because they came from the battlefield and then were applied to business.  The writing is very straightforward and the explanations are very clear.  It was worth reading.

I read some more of Small Hours by Jennifer Klein.  I am enjoying reading the scenes with Tom where he works in wire service at the lowest level.

Web Bits


LBJ  Library Honors Public Broadcasting's  History With a New Exhibit

Nearly 200 Immigrants Take Citizenship Oaths at New York Public Library


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Daily Thoughts 07/02/2017



Cigarette smuggling with a book. This exhibit was on display in the main customs office in Munich., 2011, Public Domain

Daily Thoughts 07/02/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I placed a hold on the book, The Wealth of Humans by Ryan Avent.

I am looking at the Human Library site. This site allows you to setup conversations with people which your patrons can then arrange to have.
http://humanlibrary.org/

Another site that is interesting is http://www.code.org   They are the organization which is famous for The Hour of Code.

I did some more exercises in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Today.  I drew an upside down picture of Spiderman and an upside down picture of a man.  I found it enjoyable and relaxing.

I also read some more of Extreme Ownership.  I am reading about the concept of owning up to your mistakes because you are in a position of authority.

I read some of Small Hours: A Novel by Jennifer Kitses.  We are reading it for a book club on Thursday, July 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m..  The story is about the life of a couple during a twenty four hour period.

Web Bits

A Tiny Indian Publisher Is Translating Hidden Gems of World Literature for Global Readers

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Daily Thoughts 07/01/2017

Pencils - Mikhail Vrubel
Mikhail Vrubel, Pencils, 1905

Daily Thoughts 07/01/2017

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

I started reading Extreme Ownership how U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.  This book is about leadership, it focuses on team work. 

I went out and bought some drawing supplies.  I did the first three exercises in the book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain A Course In Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence.   I found it to be relaxing and enjoyable.