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samiyam

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Location: Moving North


Posted: Nov 6, 2008 - 8:07am

 oldviolin wrote:


In the truth of hindsight, it was probably my way out of myself and into a world of saving imagination. We would line up and walk down various halls to that magic place, where I usually had the reference area to myself. I would pour over maps and art and history and every encyclopedia set I could get my hands on. I would spend time with a huge globe and solar system model and read about space and ships and oceans full of fascinating creatures. I read about sharks and graphic accounts of shark attacks long before they became the horror plot for a movie. Somehow, that resonated with me to the world outside, where the war was on our black and white TV
every night. You know, the war in Viet Nam, and the war in the streets and working class neighborhood of the city where I grew up in the racially divisive 60's.

 
Oh, c'mon... tell me you didn't notice the pudgy boy in the corner working his way through the EB volume by volume? 

The bittersweet for me is realizing that there's some mis-understood kid, even today, walking into a library and finding reason to live.

oldviolin

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Location: esse quam videri
Gender: Male


Posted: Nov 6, 2008 - 7:26am

 maryte wrote:
"At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better. It's an enormous force for good." - Senator (and now President-Elect) Barack Obama, D-IL

 

In the truth of hindsight, it was probably my way out of myself and into a world of saving imagination. We would line up and walk down various halls to that magic place, where I usually had the reference area to myself. I would pour over maps and art and history and every encyclopedia set I could get my hands on. I would spend time with a huge globe and solar system model and read about space and ships and oceans full of fascinating creatures. I read about sharks and graphic accounts of shark attacks long before they became the horror plot for a movie. Somehow, that resonated with me to the world outside, where the war was on our black and white TV
every night. You know, the war in Viet Nam, and the war in the streets and working class neighborhood of the city where I grew up in the racially divisive 60's.

Sorry...I'm feeling quite meloncholy these days." Lives changed for the better" is a subjective statement at best. It is an enormous force for good, and By God I am thankful for it. ..But out there...in the ethos...where chickens come home to roost, a child has grown older far quicker than he has grown to understand the "jigsaw puzzle falling apart."

My story is mine alone, I'm well aware of this. Still, I can remember like it was yesterday that I became aware of things that I simply could not process... like feelings of humiliation and fear and useless self worth and incredible hatred and bigotry. And I'm a certified caucasian for crying out loud! The world...that's where I learned to die.
Fortunately, the library is where I first learned to live, and that much of what I was learning out there in the world was a lie.
 Doesn't matter now for me I suppose. I've been blessed with a sense of emotional engineering, helping from the inside out to cope and relate with some sense of dignity that which will tear a child...and a tree, apart, limb from limb.

I have no great achievement in this world to point to, and time goes by oh so fast. Vicariously, the library of my youth kept open the possibilities for connections that otherwise were being ripped apart. It is no different for kids today, or for me either for that matter...It made a difference that I cannot measure.

/confusing ramble


duchamp

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Location: Florida Panhandle
Gender: Female


Posted: Nov 6, 2008 - 5:57am

Southern_Boy wrote:

I'm sure I deserved it. I was a real wise ass, if you can believe that.

Nooooo, surely not true.


Southern_Boy

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Location: On my way to the beach
Gender: Male


Posted: Nov 6, 2008 - 5:56am

 duchamp wrote:
... be sweet, now.
 
I'm sure I deserved it. I was a real wise ass, if you can believe that.

duchamp

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Location: Florida Panhandle
Gender: Female


Posted: Nov 6, 2008 - 5:54am

Southern_Boy wrote:

I remember mine too. I got yelled at by the witch behind the counter and never went back.
... be sweet, now.

Southern_Boy

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Location: On my way to the beach
Gender: Male


Posted: Nov 6, 2008 - 5:52am

 duchamp wrote:

I remember my first trip to the library, selecting a Dr. Seuss book, and signing/printing my name to the card. It was magic!

 
I remember mine too. I got yelled at by the witch behind the counter and never went back.

duchamp

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Location: Florida Panhandle
Gender: Female


Posted: Nov 6, 2008 - 5:50am

maryte wrote:
"At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better. It's an enormous force for good." - Senator (and now President-Elect) Barack Obama, D-IL


I remember my first trip to the library, selecting a Dr. Seuss book, and signing/printing my name to the card. It was magic!


maryte

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Location: Blinding You With Library Science!
Gender: Female


Posted: Nov 6, 2008 - 5:45am

"At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better. It's an enormous force for good." - Senator (and now President-Elect) Barack Obama, D-IL


Manbird

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Location: Oroville, Ca
Gender: Male


Posted: Nov 5, 2008 - 4:08pm

 oldslabsides wrote:
Tourist at the duty-free store in Windsor, Ontario:  How far is it to Toronto from here?

Store clerk: About four hours.

Tourist: Is that in U.S. or Canadian hours?
 
so which is it? because the imperial hour is like 6 minutes longer and it would add up after about 4 hours.
Red_Dragon

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Posted: Nov 5, 2008 - 4:03pm

Tourist at the duty-free store in Windsor, Ontario:  How far is it to Toronto from here?

Store clerk: About four hours.

Tourist: Is that in U.S. or Canadian hours?

Red_Dragon

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Posted: Nov 5, 2008 - 4:00pm

There is no capital of Uraguay, you dummy - it's a country!

~ actor Lorenzo Lamas, to Daily Show host Jon Stewart
Red_Dragon

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Posted: Nov 5, 2008 - 3:58pm

Well, we've got this Johnny Lewis in the outfield.  They hit a ball to him yesterday, and he turned left, then he turned right, then he went straight back and caught the ball.  He made three good plays in one.  And Greg Goossen, he's only twenty and with a good chance in ten years of being thirty.

~baseball great Casey Stengel, when asked how the Mets were doing
Painted_Turtle

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Location: Land of Laughing Waters
Gender: Female


Posted: Nov 5, 2008 - 3:25pm

 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
We do not have the capitalist attitude to women
We do not have the capitalist attitude to women
might need to click on larger to read it..
from Nikita Kruschev

 
What a handsome looking pair you two are!

...and of course, the captions great & at least you're not pregnant!

MonkeyPod

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Location: Florida
Gender: Male


Posted: Nov 4, 2008 - 4:08pm

 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
We do not have the capitalist attitude to women
We do not have the capitalist attitude to women
might need to click on larger to read it..
from Nikita Kruschev

 
Bare-foot and with child in the kitchen!  What a sport!

Sean-E-Sean

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Location: Point Breeze


Posted: Nov 4, 2008 - 4:01pm

"Satiety comes of too frequent repetition; and he who will not give himself leisure to be thirsty can never find the true pleasure of drinking"

-Michel de Montaigne


dionysius

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Location: The People's Republic of Austin
Gender: Male


Posted: Nov 4, 2008 - 3:24pm

 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
We do not have the capitalist attitude to women
We do not have the capitalist attitude to women
might need to click on larger to read it..
from Nikita Kruschev

 
Barefoot and in the kitchen, comrade!
NoEnzLefttoSplit

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Posted: Nov 4, 2008 - 3:11pm

 oldviolin wrote:


That is a fine looking young man you have there Bruski. You're not too bad yourself for a crusty old geezer. {#Wink}{#Good-vibes}{#Cheers}

 

all in the call of duty.

Some bastard must have stolen my shoes.
oldviolin

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Location: esse quam videri
Gender: Male


Posted: Nov 4, 2008 - 2:56pm

 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
We do not have the capitalist attitude to women
We do not have the capitalist attitude to women
might need to click on larger to read it..
from Nikita Kruschev

 

That is a fine looking young man you have there Bruski. You're not too bad yourself for a crusty old geezer. {#Wink}{#Good-vibes}{#Cheers}
NoEnzLefttoSplit

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Gender: Male


Posted: Nov 4, 2008 - 2:44pm

We do not have the capitalist attitude to women
We do not have the capitalist attitude to women
might need to click on larger to read it..
from Nikita Kruschev
oldviolin

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Location: esse quam videri
Gender: Male


Posted: Nov 4, 2008 - 2:38pm

 Painted_Turtle wrote:
"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic State itself.

That, in essence is Fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group or by any controlling private power."

—President Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

That is why the two dominant parties wanted nothing to do with debating Nader. Those questions were better unbroached as far as they were concerned. Too many political pitfalls. IMO, of course.
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