Thursday, May 14, 2009

Meta post: challenge

"What is the brand of this blog?" This is a topic that a former classmate of mine wrote about not too long ago. Now that I reread his post, and more specifically my response to it, I realize that this has been an issue for a while and here I am still thinking about it. Maybe I should take my own advice.1

One of the blogs I read on a regular basis2 is Caveat lector. I think one of the reasons I read it is precisely because Dorothea Salo will write about anything she feels like, most unapologetically. Sometimes that's music, and sometimes it's weekend hikes or loons, though mostly it's to do with librarian/web geekery. Much of it goes over my head to be honest (see footnote no. 2), but that's okay. I don't have to read every post. I also really like Learn to live which is sporadically peppered with posts about non-consumer health related things such as sushi and birds.

So I guess what I'm doing is giving you fair warning that I will henceforth be addressing topics other than consumer health and/or my service. That I will, gasp!, at times be writing about something entirely unrelated to librarianship.

For instance, have I mentioned how proud I am of my non-Luddite grandmother? Over the past 40 years she has slowly transformed a garbage dump into a public garden.3 My sister made a documentary film about it called Pupa's garden which some of you may have the chance to watch someday. It's also a film about my aunt who had MS and how my grandmother found solace in helping green things grow while her daughter's health slowly and drastically failed. There has never been a more poignant illustration of the dicotomy between life and death. And such beauty!

1 Is there a librarian equivalent for physician heal thyself?
2 I don't publish my blogroll here partly because I haven't gotten around to figuring out how- I am still and happily, despite everything, a bit of a vestigial Luddite.
3 How many grandmother's have websites?

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