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Saturday, November 26, 2016

As Time Goes By*

Welcome to my readers in Morocco! Country #56 heard from...

Feel free to comment on anything you see here.

So five weeks have passed since I started at the Free Library of Philadelphia. The things I've learned:


  • Many of my colleagues share my passion for food. I'm going to attend a "cookbook club" at one of the branches. This month's topic? Cookbooks of Marc Vetri. Don't know what I'm making yet--or if they're even having the meeting, they had a minor flood at the  facility.
  • Patrons can be warm and ingratiating, grateful for your help, or they can be cold, condescending, and grating on your nerves--or both, or inbetween. Wherever they are on the spectrum, I give the best service I can.
  • SIRSI, our integrated library system, leaves a lot to be desired in terms of creating reports. 
  • Not to take things so literally.  That's been a failing of mine over the years, and has held me back in some ways.  It's one thing to take things at face value--but I have to do so with eyes and ears wide open.
  • My current position isn't what I expected, but I am learning to bloom where I'm planted.
  • I have good ideas and have passed them on to people who are willing to run with them. Our participation in International Game Day was a big success, to hear all involved tell it
Time to go grocery shopping before The Game (Michigan-Ohio State). Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  Mine will be typically busy--shopping, singing, playing, taking care of family business and pleasure.  It's been nice having the kids home.  Sarah and DJ will go back to college tomorrow, and I'll go back to work on Monday.  Nice to be working again.

Onward.

*--Herman Hupfeld, 1931; first recorded by Rudy Vallee, 1931.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Tequila*

Bienvenidos, Chile!

Country number 55 on the list. Feel free to comment, for or against, on anything you see here.
Not much to report. Learning new tasks, slowly...

*--Danny Flores, The Champs, 1958.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Powerhouse*

"Daddy, you're home from Peru!"
Welcome to my Peruvian readers! Feel free to sound forth on any topic here!  All opinions welcome!
Welcome, too, to my readers from Algeria.  I would love to hear more from anywhere on the African continent.

Starting my fourth week at Philbrick Hall, Parkway Central Library, Free Library of Philadelphia.  It's going quick and I'm learning to be flexible.

Onward.

*--Raymond Scott, 1937.  Heard on many, many Warner Brothers Looney Tunes cartoons.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Turkish Delight*

Welcome to my reader from Turkey! I know it isn't Dr. Maccaferri, because he's never read my blog. Feel free to agree, dispute, or otherwise respond, all in good natured camaraderie.

*--David Crowder, the David Crowder Band, 2008.  Here's a link to the music video.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Good golly, Miss Molly*: Another milestone reached

5000 hits on my humble blog. Good God Almighty.

So how do I get people to respond? Moving forward I'll try to be more interesting.
It remains to be seen how many tales I can tell "out of school" when I start my new job.  Discretion and moderation and talking in generalities will be the watchwords. Cheers.

Onward!

*--Robert "Bumps" Blackwell, recorded by Richard "Little Richard" Penniman on Specialty Records, 1956, released 1958.

Monday, September 12, 2016

La Bonne Cuisine*

This post is strictly advertising for my Facebook page, "De Kok is in De Kitchen". I'm not a chef or a chef's son, just a person who believes in the power of home cooking to transform lives and meals. Enjoy!

*Leonard Bernstein, composer, 1947. Full title: "La Bonne Cuisine: Four Recipes for Voice and Piano".

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Turn, Turn, Turn*

I've accepted a position at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Yay for me!!!

Effective October 3rd, I'll be working at the FLP's flagship, Parkway Central, in the area of Business, Science, and Industry, specifically as a reference librarian for the Business Resources and Innovation Center (BRIC).  In addition to regular patrons in the above areas, I'll be working to assist members of one of the five constituent patron groups named in the most recent FLP strategic plan--entrepreneurs.

You may well ask--what a musician can do for entrepreneurs?


  • We have to be self-starters, self-motivated and self-reliant.
  • We have to be fearless and creative in seeking solutions, finding experts in all walks of life, not just ours.
  • We have to temper our responses in both victory and defeat, learning what we can from both.
  • We have to be knowledgeable but always willing to learn more.
  • We have to be able to admit that we don't always have the answer.
  • We have to be willing to lead but equally willing to serve others.
  • We can never settle for anything less than our best.
  • We need to acknowledge the God-given talents in those with whom we associate, and love and cherish and treat them equitably.
  • We need to know when it is time for work and time for cutting loose.
  • (This is getting Ecclesiastical, isn't it?)
  • We know it's hard to be humble (thanks Mac Davis) but it's essential to complete success.
  • We need to know when to render unto Caesar and when to render unto God 

More to come. Onward.

*--Pete Seeger, The Bitter and the Sweet, 1962.  I'm as surprised as you are.  Everyone of my generation relates this tune to the Roger McGuinn-led The Byrds, but even Judy Collins covered it too.