You’re Talking Nonsense!

April 17, 2014

Have you ever caught yourself rambling and wondering if you were actually saying anything of consequence?  Or perhaps you simply like to make up words and phrases.  As I was growing up I would frequently find myself creating unintelligible  words or phrases — whether out of boredom or merely creativity (or some combination of both), I could easily entertain myself with this pastime.  My favorite all-time phrase: mum-bolly gowanna, di-eejageta boot-a, doochy-boof.  Yeah, I know, pretty twisted, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.

galimatias

\gal-uh-mey-shee-uhs, -mat-ee-uhs\, noun;

confused or unintelligible talk.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate, by Eugene Ehrlich.

Here’s to Libraries, Week Thirteen!

April 16, 2014

Located in St. Gallen (Switzerland), the Abbey Library of Saint Gall Abbey-St_Gallis not only the oldest collection in Switzerland, but is “one of earliest and most important monastic libraries in the world.” (Wikipedia)  The library (along with the Abbey) was built in the Rococo style and was named a World Heritage Site in 1983.  It represents an excellent example of a Carolingian (north European, Pre-Romanesque architecture from the late 8th and 9th centuries) monastery.

The collection includes:

  • nearly 160,000 volumes.
  • 2,100 manuscripts from the 8th through the 15th centuries.
  • 1,650 incanubula (printed pre-1500) and older books.

“A library is a hospital for the mind.”  (Anonymous)

Source: photo courtesy of danieldalton.me  (BuzzFeed).

Cheesecake of the Month – April 2014!

April 15, 2014

Now that spring is upon us, here is a recipe for a new cheesecake flavor that I can’t wait to try . . . I’m not sure about the combination of flavors in the filling (kiwi and lime juice [albeit only a couple of tablespoons]) or the garnish for the top (kiwi and apricot preserve), but I’ll give it a try one of these days.

Kiwi Cheesecake

Filling:
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
2 cups ricotta cheese, drained
1 cup sour cream
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
5 eggs
3 medium kiwis, peeled and pureed
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 Tablespoon vanilla

Garnish on top:
3 medium kiwis, peeled and sliced thin
1/2 cup apricot preserves

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-inch cheesecake or springform pan with 3-inch sides with parchment paper.

For the filling:
In a large mixer bowl, beat cream cheese, ricotta, sour cream, and sugar on medium-high speed for 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in kiwi puree, flour, lime juice and vanilla. Pour into prepared cheesecake pan. Bake in preheated oven for 55 to 65 minutes or until the top is light brown and the center has a slight jiggle to it. Cool on a rack for 2 hours. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours before garnishing.

For the garnish:
Place sliced kiwis on top of cheesecake. In a small saucepan, heat apricot preserves. Press through a sieve. Brush on top of kiwis. This will keep the fruit looking fresh.

Tips:
To drain ricotta, place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl, place the cheese in the strainer and let stand for at least 1 hour or overnight in the refrigerator.
When purchasing fresh kiwis, they should be firm like a ripe tomato.
Use fresh lime juice. Bottled lime juice can have a metallic taste.

Source: 125 Best Cheesecake Recipes by George Geary (this is a fabulous recipe book).

Java-holics!

April 14, 2014

So, which cities “rule” when it comes to their coffee?  Where do the coffee addicts reside?  With all of the hype that it gets, one would expect Seattle to be at the top of this list, but alas, it was not (though it was still in the top ten).  Men’s Health magazine has compiled the rankings in this month’s metrogrades . . . their methodology included: percentage of households that own coffeemakers and buy coffee, household average spent on coffee, coffee shops per capita (SimplyMap), and the percentage of people who drink coffee and who drink five-plus cups per day (Experian Marketing Services).  Do you know when you get the most benefit from your coffee?

  • The Caffeine enters your bloodstream from your small intestine within the first 10 minutes.
  • The effect of caffeine on your alertness peaks within 30-45 minutes.
  • Your liver has metabolized about half the caffeine and your buzz has faded after 4-6 hours.

And now, the rankings:

Coffee Addicts:
1. Portland, ME
2. Manchester, NH
3. Burlington, VT
4. Portland, OR
5. Albuquerque, NM
6. Colorado Springs, CO
7. Reno, NV
8. San Francisco, CA
9. Seattle, WA
10. Corpus Christi, TX

Coffee Lightweights:
91. Houston, TX
92. Kansas City, MO
93. Milwaukee, WI
94. Baton Rouge, LA
95. Dallas, TX
96. Birmingham, AL
97. Burham, NC
98. Memphis, TN
99. Fort Worth, TX
100. Jackson, MS

Source: Men’s Health magazine (www.menshealth.com/metrogrades), May 2014, Alexis Wnuk.

Palm (or Passion) Sunday!

April 13, 2014

Today commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem at the beginning of the last week before his death and resurrection; it marks the start of Holy Week.

The significant events that transpire during Holy Week include:

  • Palm/Passion Sunday
  • Holy Thursday — commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.
  • Good Friday — commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.
  • Holy Saturday — commemorates the day that Jesus Christ’s body lay in the tomb.

What, No College Basketball?!

April 12, 2014

Alas, the college basketball season has come to a close, but spring is in the air and if you find yourself in Tulsa, Oklahoma,  it is time for the Tulsa Art Studio Tour 2014.  What is the Tulsa Art Studio Tour?  It is a self-guided tour providing you the opportunity to “see artists in their working space, talk with them about their creations, as well as view and buy artwork.”  This year, thirteen (13) artists in nine (9) different studios will open their doors for this “behind the scenes” look into their creative processes.  The times for the show are Saturday (April 12) and Sunday (April 13) from 12 Noon to 5 PM each day.  Tickets may be purchased at the door of any of the studios ($10) on Saturday or Sunday.  Or, you can purchase them in advance ($5) from:

  • The Gadget Company (104 E. 15th Street)
  • Lovett’s Gallery (6528 E. 51st Street, in the Farm Shopping Center)
  • Nielsens Gifts (8138 S. Lewis Avenue/3515 S. Peoria Avenue)
  • Ida Red (3336 S. Peoria Avenue)
  • The Indie Emporium Shop (501 S.Boston/1317 E. 6th Street)

Here is the list of the artists on this year’s tour:

  • Rachel Ann Dennis, Letterpress (941 S. Pittsburgh Avenue)
  • Samantha Extance, Jewelry (1303 E. 15th Street)
  • P.S. Gordon, Painting (1011 E. 21st Street)
  • Jose Antonio Pantoja Hernandez, Painting (13-1/2 E. Brady Street)
  • Laurie Keeley, Furniture (629 W. 1st Street)
  • Derek Penix, Painting (1520 S. Newport Avenue)
  • Jim Polan, Painting (314 S. Kenosha Avenue)
  • Chuck Tomlins, Mixed media (412 E. 2nd Street)
  • 5 University of Tulsa MFA Students, Illustration, Painting & Printmaking (the Zarrow Center, 124 E. Brady Street)

So, if you have not yet made plans for your weekend, why don’t you check out the local art scene?  I’m planning to; you just never know what treasures you will find . . .

SLA Announces Candidates for 2015 Board of Directors!

April 11, 2014

sla-logoYesterday SLA (the Special Libraries Association) announced the slate of candidates for the 2015 Board of Directors.  What an honor!  I have been nominated as a candidate for President-Elect!   Congratulations to all of my fellow candidates and thank you for stepping up and agreeing to be considered for candidacy.   What a talented and diverse slate of candidates to help lead SLA forward.  Let the dialogue begin as we embark upon this journey to the Board for the opportunity to work for and represent the members of this great global association.

For President-Elect:

  • Jim DelRosso, Cornell University Libraries, Ithaca, New York
  • Tom Rink, Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

For Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect

  • David Cappoli, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
  • Kim Silk, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

For Division Cabinet Chair-Elect

  • Ruth Kneale, National Solar Observatory, Tucson, Arizona
  • Valerie Perry, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington, Kentucky

For Director (2 positions)

  • Kevin Adams, Institute of Environmental Science & Research, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Dr. Saif Al-Jabari, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman
  • Elaine Lasda Bergman, State University of New York at Albany Libraries, Albany, New York
  • Catherine Lavallée-Welch, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Library, La Crosse, Wisconsin

- See more at: http://www.sla.org/sla-announces-candidates-2015-board-directors/#sthash.m39vdxos.dpuf

For President-Elect:

  • Jim DelRosso, Cornell University Libraries, Ithaca, New York
  • Tom Rink, Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

For Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect

  • David Cappoli, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
  • Kim Silk, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

For Division Cabinet Chair-Elect

  • Ruth Kneale, National Solar Observatory, Tucson, Arizona
  • Valerie Perry, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington, Kentucky

For Director (2 positions)

  • Kevin Adams, Institute of Environmental Science & Research, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Dr. Saif Al-Jabari, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman
  • Elaine Lasda Bergman, State University of New York at Albany Libraries, Albany, New York
  • Catherine Lavallée-Welch, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Library, La Crosse, Wisconsin

- See more at: http://www.sla.org/sla-announces-candidates-2015-board-directors/#sthash.m39vdxos.dpuf

For President-Elect:

  • Jim DelRosso, Cornell University Libraries, Ithaca, New York
  • Tom Rink, Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

For Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect

  • David Cappoli, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
  • Kim Silk, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

For Division Cabinet Chair-Elect

  • Ruth Kneale, National Solar Observatory, Tucson, Arizona
  • Valerie Perry, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington, Kentucky

For Director (2 positions)

  • Kevin Adams, Institute of Environmental Science & Research, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Dr. Saif Al-Jabari, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman
  • Elaine Lasda Bergman, State University of New York at Albany Libraries, Albany, New York
  • Catherine Lavallée-Welch, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Library, La Crosse, Wisconsin

- See more at: http://www.sla.org/sla-announces-candidates-2015-board-directors/#sthash.m39vdxos.dpuf

Curvy Lines!

April 10, 2014

ZentangleDo you have trouble paying attention in long meetings?  Do you find yourself doodling on a regular basis?  Perhaps you are a stifled artist searching for an outlet.  If this is the case, you should explore Zentangle (in your free time, of course) and channel your energies into more focused creativity.   Zentangles are generally unplanned, abstract, black and white art utilizing simple and structured patterns.  Here is a colorized Zentangle that my cousin, Susan M. Olsen, created a couple of years ago.  She posted the finished product on facebook where I fell in love with it immediately and acquired it for my growing art collection.  And while it is not in the classic “black and white” format, I really like the vibrant colors that Sue used to embellished this beautiful piece of art.  Thank you Sue, keep up the good work!

In Zentangle, you don’t doodle aimlessly. There is a foundation and a process. Because there is no need to keep thinking about the foundation, freshness and delight get to come alive.” – Mary Sargeant, CZT

Here is a link to an assortment of patterns to help you get started.

Here’s to Libraries, Week Twelve!

April 9, 2014

Queens College I have actually visited this week’s beautiful library . . . Queen’s College Library at Oxford University (Oxford, United Kingdom).  I was privileged to have had the opportunity to “study abroad” at Oxford University while working on my Master’s degree back in the early 1990s.  It was a remarkable experience.  And while I spent most of my time using the resources at the Bodleian Library, I was able to get a glimpse of many more libraries (including Queen’s College Library) during my time at Oxford.  Queen’s College was founded in 1341 and as of 2012 is ranked as the fifth wealthiest college with an endowment exceeding 157.1 million pounds ($260.4 million dollars).

A couple of notable former students:

  • Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean)
  • Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the World Wide Web)

“The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man.”  (T.S,. Eliot)

Source: photo courtesy of danieldalton.me  (BuzzFeed).

College Basketball Crowns a Champion!

April 8, 2014

FinalFourCongratulations to the University of Connecticut on being crowned this year’s college basketball champions!  The Huskies defeated the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky in the championship game.  What a great year of college basketball.   And March Madness did not disappoint — we were entertained with numerous exciting games/matchups between Blue Blood programs and Cinderellas alike.  Now that a champion has been crowned, it is time for us to look forward to next year and to rekindle our hope for our team to “go all the way.”  But until then . . . college football will take the stage in less than five months.


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