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Librarians as Sustainability Advocates, Educators, and Entrepreneurs

Going Green @your library

The book chapter I co-wrote with the amazing Anne Less and Sarah Dorsey called “Librarians as Sustainability Advocates, Educators, and Entrepreneurs” was just published in the book The Entrepreneurial Librarian: Essays on the Infusion of Private-Business Dynamism into Professional Service Edited by Mary Krautter, Mary Beth Lock and Mary G. Scanlon, McFarland Press.  There are lots of inspiring stories in there I hope you will enjoy of sustainability advocates, educators and entrepreneurs: Rebekkah Aldrich, Fred Stoss, Monika Antoelli, Marianne Buehler, Kristen Bullard, Andrea Cherney, Cindy Davis, Emily Ellis, Besty Herzog, Maria Anna Jankowska, Julie Mielish, Rebecca Newburn, Irene Reti, Sarah Volpe, and Kris Thompson, Laurie Sabol & Tufts University librarians. Thanks to them all for sharing their stories of sustainable entrepreneurialism!

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The Family Reunion


I was always brought up to believe that nothing is closer than family.  My mother always told my sister, brother and I that we would be best friends when we grew up, and I told the same thing to my kids when they were little.

I could never understand family members who didn’t speak to each other.  I always felt it was so wrong.  I always felt so special because this sort of thing would never happen in my family, until it did.  My sister and I lost contact with our brother.  We didn’t want it to happen, but I realize now that we probably played a part in the separation. We were always so close, so who would have ever thought that such a thing could happen to us.

My brother changed his path.  He found something that brought a sense of peace, true meaning and happiness into his…

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Law of Attraction and the Power of Positive Thinking


I have said before that I am a great believer in the Law of Attraction. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this term, the Law of Attraction (LOA) is a concept whereby we use the power of our thoughts and actions to manifest the reality. Basically, the more you think about being a healthy, happy person, the more you will become that person. If you believe that you are unlucky in life, or that things never work out for you, then that will be your experience.

It sounds really easy. Use the Law of Attraction to think positive thoughts, tell yourself you are happy and comfortable with your  lot in life, and all will be well. Unfortunately, real life isn’t that simple. And that’s not a bad thing. We need a bit of drama to keep us active. If everything ran smoothly and we had no problems or…

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BitTorrent Blog

Our friend PAZ has returned to BitTorrent, and we couldn’t be more excited. His debut mixtape “Young Broke & Fameless” — a lo-fi collection of fan-favorite acoustic covers and originals, was our very first music Artist Spotlight release almost a year and a half ago. It was a smash hit (way over 500,000 downloads before old tracker gave out).

Today, PAZ’s sophomore album, Young Broke & Fameless II, makes its bow. Download it free here. And for a sample of his trademark sound – a foot-stomping mashup of hip-hop, rock, and dance beats – check out the album’s first hit single/video Beautiful Lies here.

While infamous in pop culture for such antics as stealing Paris Hilton’s birthday cake, PAZ is nothing short of a pure talent. His mashups and songs that can make artists like Wiz Khalifa vs. Jack Johnson to Kanye West vs. Afrojack sound like they were…

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The drawings of Wu Guanzhong

Sarah Daly

We took the Star Ferry from Hong Kong Island over to the Hong Kong Art Museum. In an upstairs gallery, we found a room of large scale drawings by Chinese artist Wu Guanzhong.

Guanzhong passed away in 2010, so the exhibition was a retrospective. He started his life in 1919, in Hangzhou and in 1936 commenced his formal art training. He studied both Chinese and western art, later being sent to the Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris. His delicate oils were influenced by the French impressionists, and he believed Mondrian would be rather happy with his minimalist city landscapes. A beautiful lightness of brush, I assume gained from his Chinese training, was maintained through these influences.

The first image that caught my attention was a city-scape. The black lines and grey planes on watercolour paper were striking in their modern simplicity. Yet I could see their Chinese…

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Pure Nature – Northern Islands Part 5