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The Christmas Pickle

My friends have expressed some dubiousness (and a great deal of mirth) upon my recounting the German tradition of the Christmas pickle (the “Weihnachtsgurke”). (And yes, this is related to the English word “gherkin“– tho’ the etymologic descent is actually … Continue reading

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A Voter’s Call to Action, from Craig Ferguson

I know most of you aren’t up at 12:30 am to catch The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson live, but I feel strongly that his monologue of last night deserved a MUCH larger audience than us night owls. (The … Continue reading

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The Big Read Meme, and Joss Whedon’s Evil Genius!

Yes, yes, it’s been awhile, lovely to see you again too, no, I’m not dead. Now that we’ve gotten that all out of the way… I’ve taken the next step into Web 2.0-ness, and created a Google Reader account and … Continue reading

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Frequentative -le, and crooked-eared owls

I love AlphaDictionary! Today Dr. Goodword taught me about a whole class of verbs I’d never heard of before. They’re known as “frequentative” verbs, and they are formed by adding -le or -er to an existing verb to indicate repetitive … Continue reading

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New Year 2008

My, it’s getting dusty around here. Time to do something about that, I think! I had a lovely New Year’s, I hope you all can say the same. As per usual, my family went up to our place in the … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season

I cut our tree this afternoon just as the sun was going down, and it sits trussed in the back of the van, awaiting our return trip. We had dinner. And now…

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Librarians Rock

Tidbits lifted straight from LJ’s January “frontdesk” page which were too funny not to share: The ALA has a MySpace page! (Gender: Female. Age: 101. Who said MySpace was only for teens? Though, strictly speaking, we lied about our age– … Continue reading

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Where in the world have you been?

A nifty little tool I saw on Neil’s journal… here’s a nifty visual representation of the U.S. states, European countries, and countries of the world to which I’ve been. (Yes, I know, I don’t get out much.) The really sad … Continue reading

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Not to be morbid, but…

…this is what happens when one reads reviews of books about a CSI’s work. (That’s “Crime Scene Investigator” for people who haven’t watched television in several years.) I’m sure most people have heard the term rigor mortis (one of the … Continue reading

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Feed your miNd

My job is a constant education… two new N-words from the same journal (Booklist 11/1/06, if you’re rabidly curious) that turned out the be vaguely related! I suspect the first word was not used correctly, or else I’m missing something … Continue reading

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