Monday, April 30
There were a couple of other articles that I don't have time to go into but I had some moments of literary and philosophical excitement that I thought I would share.
Saturday, April 28
I am reading the Best of Buddhist Writing 2006. Not only did Pema Chodron’s sample make a lot of sense but she also mentioned Harry potter. How can you not love a teacher who references Harry, let alone a Buddhist teacher?
Thursday, April 26
Not to do any evil,Dhammapada, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
To cultivate good,
To purify one's mind--
This is the advice of the Buddhas.
What brings this up is that I know a guy who has mentioned on more than one occasion that "these athletes" who are offered multi-million dollar contracts should take the money and run b/c what good is the degree gonna do. He is black w/o a college degree. I know his home is the urban northeast but I don't know much more than that. I can't say what his tax bracket was but I would guess, and it is a guess, that it was a mid-lower income bracket. His outlook on life is a strange mix of positive, friendly behavior combined with negative, conspiratorial ideas. He explains that these boys need money more than education and they can always go back for the degree. Which is true but my response is 1. the statistics don't bear that out - going back for the degree, 2. unless they play baseball the likelihood of them having a career is slim to none, 3. just cause they get the money doesn't mean they will keep it. I don't make anything close to millions and I have trouble keeping a budget.
Anyway, it's interesting to see different values.
Monday, April 23
Afflictions have reasons based on mind; when mindless, where can afflictions abide? If you do not bother to discriminate and grasp appearances, you will attain the way naturally in an instant. While dreaming, you act in dreams; when you awaken, dreamland doesn’t exist. If you think back to waking and dreaming, they are not different from deluded dualism.Pao-chih
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Friday, April 20
Nashville can be a great place.
Wednesday, April 18
Among the people who have had library jobs:
• Casanova. In 1785, the classic womanizer started work in the library of Count von Waldstein of Bohemia. He stayed on the job for 13 years.
• Ben Franklin. He and some friends founded the Library Company of Philadelphia in 1731. But they had to wait for the books to arrive from England. The next year Franklin became the librarian.
• Mao Tse-Tung. He was an assistant, in 1918, to the chief librarian of the University of Beijing. He was not promoted, and so looked elsewhere for work, eventually becoming China's dictator.
• J. Edgar Hoover. The man who would become FBI chief -- and widely known for secrecy -- got his first job as a messenger and cataloger in the Library of Congress, where you can read about millions of secrets.
• Golda Meir. She was a Milwaukee public librarian before becoming prime minister of Israel.
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Monday, April 16
Librarians are the most unhappy with their workplace, often finding their job repetitive and unchallenging, according to psychologist Saqib Saddiq.As soon as I get this job they release this report.
Of course, I can see it coming. I know exactly where it gets repetitive and unchallenging. This probably explains the dour look on the faces of some of the long time library staff. Even though today was crappy I am having a good bit of fun. I am trying to appear enthusiast not arrogant and we'll see if and when it pays off.
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Sunday, April 15
I love these guys. The first jamband I heard or saw was Col. Bruce and Aquarium Rescue Unit which featured Jeff Sipe (drums) and Jimmy Herring (guitar), both featured here. Ricky Keller, the bassist here, was also the conductor of the Zambiland Orchestra which I went to see each Christmas season for several years, it was the most amazing musical experience you could ask for...multiples of every instrument, ensembles melding into other ensembles, audience participation, and a deep love of music and people.
Friday, April 13
I am having the damnedest time with one of my coworkers. I know they are trying to help but there is something in the way they present the information they are trying to share that is driving me batty. I honestly get frustrated almost every time they say something. I know it has to do with how I have perceived them, their personality, their comfort level, or something but I am having a hard time dealing with it. I know part of it is that this person is not familiar with technology and b/c of that they follow the letter of the law and when I do something different, even if it works they say something like "Well, you probably want to check before you do it that way, that's not how I was trained." Now don't get me wrong, I have learned things from this person God how I wish it was coming from someone else.
Sunday, April 8
As many of you know I live in the same place where I grew up. My parents periodically remodeled things but it was rare. At some point the put security bars on the windows and outdoor carpet on the porch and stoop. Tara and I agreed to change things...
Wednesday, April 4
My oh my, this is my book of the year. I know it’s a few years old but what a wonderful book. It’s an easy read and the ease with which she flows between narrators/perspectives. Gugol is me except he’s Indian and I’m not. This is a book for misfits. This is a book for those who don’t understand their parents or those who don’t understand their children. This is a great book.