I’m just dead without Draper!

Don Draper has smoked his last Lucky Strike and I’m going through major withdrawal already!

I must admit that watching Mad Men always made me feel better about, well, everything! Some of the characters were so messed up, that my life was a walk in the park by comparison. Often these characters would eventually sort them selves out, or the Surgeon General would (sorry Betty [spoiler]). 

I’ll miss the fashions, I’ll miss the boobs and the broads and the boys! I’ll miss the fantastic set dressings, that were so damn good! 

Mad Men! the real thing! 



The joys of Book Club

I belong to a fantastic Book Club. We even have a man! But I’ve never seen him at a meeting! Actually it’s the least meeting type of get together imaginable. It usually involves a book we may have read, and yummy food, and sharing. That is the best bit, the sharing. These incredible people are so giving with experiences and wisdoms and joys that the satisfaction you get from reading a great book is equaled only by the companionship our Book Club meetings bring!


Librarian…Lost at Sea!

Nettie at 23When my large employer decided that the term Librarian was not sexy enough and changed it, I decided it was time for a change too!
For too long my Blog had been devoted unconditionally to all things Librarian…
But that’s about to change….
I’m hauling up the anchor and beginning a new voyage. Books will always be there, but it wont be all books, books, books.

I apologize now if you don’t like that navigational path I have set, and I will not hold it against you if you decide to jump ship!
I’m currently charting a new course and will set sail soon…..

Ritual of reading

Every morning the alarm goes off!!! Another day! Another adventure. I doze for a bit while the beloved gets off to work, delivering me the best daily present…a cup of soul restoring tea. Then the real ritual begins. I pick up my book and read. I’m reading a print book today, but it could be a kindle or an
iPad eBOOK. I open up and my adventure awaits and I step in, like the first submersion into a tepid Far North Queensland pool. Ahhhh…


What I really want to say to my students…

For all the students, and the student in all of us!


Dear Student,

You do not have to prove yourself to me. You are enough. You are good enough, as a person, just the way you are now.

As a student, there are some things you need to do. You need to come to class and engage in activities. You need to attempt the tasks set and then hand them in.

Some of the work I ask you to do will be hard. It has to be, so I can see how much you understand and so I know what you don’t understand yet.  So I can decide how best to teach you (and the rest of the class) so that you all have the greatest chance of success.

Not getting everything right, first go, does not mean that you are stupid. It does not make you less worthy. It does not make you less important.  It does not mean that…

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