Sunday, March 30, 2008


I've read some Erdrich before and have always found her charming, so I took the advantage of getting to hear her speak at PLA last week. I found the letters she shared charming, and I have one of her books (about the first year of motherhood) on order through the library system. In the meantime, I've been thinking a lot about a quote from one of her own books that she shared:

"Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could."
Louise Erdrich (The Painted Drum)

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Thing 6

I did this one before, but it had a typo, so I took it down. I tried it again, basically doing the same thing: creating a card for one of Adele's favorite bands. I've seen the various ways that libraries are doing using these, and love it. I think librarians sometimes need to kick back and let the whimsy in stuff like this take over, rather than over think it. I mean, how easy is this to do? Why not use it?

Trading Card

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Thing 5

My creation


I've used many the FD tools before, especially for combining two images into the same Flickr image. I played with Splashr, too, for this project. I can see more professional uses for that than I can personal ones-- it seems like it would be a fun way for sets of photos to be displayed for a discreet project like the Rural Sustainability project.