May 2, 2000

;When up quite early I watched a couple of minutes of television..some kind of career training thing...and this overly energetic, earnest man (rather like the character on Blues Clues, actually) made this pitch about getting along with people at work..Find somebody you do not get along with, think of really good things about them, and then systematically think of these things and then give them a sincere compliment.

I took it to heart, and when I heard Judith's explanation of the copyright law based on her attendance at the Solinet workshop, I consciously admired her presentation to the small committee and afterwards was able to really compliment her on her work.

I signed the recommendation letters for Diane for the Florida jobs. I also finished up most of the work on getting out the invitations to the AHSLC meeting.l

I typed up quick minutes from the Copyright committee, went over them with J. and will have things moving very quickly. I will have this out first thing on Wednesday.

Talked to Faye Evatt and she said she will be retiring at the end of next year. She told me that she will be 73 years old. Actually Faye is at her peak. I recall the really excellent presentaition she gave on management principles at the meeting at St.Joseph's. Her white curls are more becoming than her previous hair color.

Judith came to my office at the end of the day and in a way admonished me. She had wanted a write up of the course and the library's involvement. She had expected it earlier. She also wants the transcripts from the Focus Groups...to give to the Library Advisory Committee, I believe.

I started writing immediately, and within a half hour had almost four pages.....

I spent much of the day searching through materials to try to get the interviews, etc. together off of my computer and my emails.

Had a great lunch with Trudy. She had driven her mother down to see the baby in Florida. Her life it so great right now. She is doing great things at work and enjoying it.....her Ebay stuff is fun..her husband just got a really important committee appointment with the USP..adverse effects, a new committee that falls right into what he is doing with his work on "drug misadventures"..his CDC experience..and he has worked so hard on that degree at McMasters and the Emory courses.

Her sister-in-law is getting married in the fall. She is enjoying things like dressing up...Bill just bought a tux...for things like the Interfraternity banquet. All the drug store bottles and artifacts..coming into place for some kind of new museum arrangement......

It is really exciting.

As we ate at the resturant Galxy I just looked at her and thought how lucky I was to have someone like her to be having lunch with.....

Taxis to and from the station, MARTA (and photos)...

The taxi driver was the one who had stopped off with me to take the Barney photos at Christmas....He asked me to photograph him..I got a good photo, and later a photo of his child that he had tacked up over the dashboard.

Interesting conversation on the way back..taxi driver had taken out a lot of lottery tickets....talked about what he would do with the money..his house was paid for..so would keep it, get a boat in Florida..and spend it on family, but then give to charity..people needing operations. He also told me in detail (I think this same driver has told me the same things before)....about what he was going to cook for supper..including a steak.

McD supper, and I also had a box from the toy place....3 really odd sets of "ballet" doll stuff..FisherPrice...2 dancers from the set that goes with the doll house Marti has, and a "water ballet" one that children can use in the bathtub. Another really odd set with a stage set and costumes so the dancer can do both ballet and tap. Looks very delicate, and I wonder if children really want to do this ?

I listed out the figures I had already bought...and wondered how I had gotten started..

1997 - August ...really the first was the baby ballerina among the Greenwich dolls I purchased. It is up in Eden's attic in a trunk with the other dolls.

1998 - December...what really got me started 4 Christmas ornaments at Macys

1998 - December.....then on several of my Christmas time trips with Diane to Lord and Taylors' A cloth doll ornament, an elephant, and bear....all cloth stuffed...

1998 - December ...at the Revco near the bus stop in Rome Georgia...another ballet ornament

1999 - several times early in the year I was at Eckerds stores and got four animals..a poodle, an elephant, a bear, and a cow....it seems to have been an entire series the store was selling.

1999- a trip to FOSchwartz netted me one of their store brand nutcracker dolls

1999 - then a little, shortlived dollar store near the Mexican place Diane and I often eat...four soft cloth dolls with varying dresses

1999 - two sets of figurines...about 11 on trips to another $store with Aunt Bettie

1999 - yet another bear at Larry Broome's pharmacy

1999 - splurged on a Boyd Bear doll with her own ballet dancer Boyd bear...

1999 - Another soft cloth Christmas ornament doll at the Hamilton Doll and Teddy Bear Show

1999 - Some magnets at a $2.00 store in Wellington..about 5

1999 - at a mall store next to TWP....2 Russ key ring dollls..a frog and a hippo

1999 - then at Christmasime again at Macy's more lovely doll ornaments and 2 bears.....very, very elegant, ornate, about 15 of these one time. 2000 January - A Beanie baby dressed in a ballet costuem and a second costume...from a Mall in San Antonio

2000 - April - more shopping at FO Schwartz..a cartoon floppy doll and a boxed soft doll, and one of my favorites, a pink bear...I photographed the bear there out side the store (admonished by a guard) and then at the Lenox MARTA station.

2000 - April..then that night I went on the web and found a lot of stuff...

So...what is this collection all about ? What am I going to do with it. One thing I should start planning is a real Christmas tree for next year where I can display my dolls.


Posting to the Open Diary today

I have not been back since posting an initial entry, as I note is the case of quite a few of us...then I realized that it was possible to jump from diary to diary and having read several now...the amazing themes..Peacocks on the roof in a blended family of 18, gal comtemplating a tatoo..based on the Chinese year of her birth (great idea ...I will check out my Chinese birth year and my local tattoo parlors...and the sadness of a groups of 20ish single moms and dads, elementary school classmates still living at home in three generation families...So, folks out there. This is America for you.

A note on yesterday. If you are a librarian right now the word is Copyright, copyright, copyright. Lectures, books, committees....

Our manager gave us a great little review of a lecture she herself had heard about the new law and then we formed a committee to see what we needed to do. New photocopy signs, new reserve forms....and most of all letting the faculty know that the great new toy we had just promoted for them, electronic reserves, was now becoming a lot more restrictive. They were going to have to change the way they brought things in and left them with the library, physically, or through our catalog in order to have multiple copies available.

As the only librarian left in the room at the end of the lecture, with a lot of bright young paraprofessionals I was made chair of the committee, we convened at once, came up with an action list and I have the "minutes" got get out with the action to begin.

I am still a trifle uncertain myself about all the ins and outs of the thing. It seems that the easiest way would have the fauculty member pay the ccc house costs and then just "do it". There are forms for doing that. The issue would be that it would in fact be a new departmental cost.

We did not discuss handouts, which in fact would be the easiest way to get this stuff out, or course packs which are even better.


Ballet figure links

Nutcracker doll:

I caught this shot at the end of the day. This man doing this amazing backbend is photographing one of the word's 100 tallest buildings at Peachtree and Baker. Loved it. I started to show him the photo, but then backed off.


Some penpal letters for the week - Indonesia, Romania

   Message From: djoglo@indosat.net.id (Djoglo Integrated Art and Culture Center) Date: Fri, May 26, 2000, 5:35am (EDT+11) To: echristian@webtv.net (Elizabeth Christian) Subject: Re: Flowers for your birthday Thank you my friend for your attention. I also host a friend, she is 57 yo, from France but lives in Brisbane. She is here to celebrate my birthday. Thank you all and have a nice and wonderful life. Bless upon you. TPA Elizabeth Christian wrote: From Atlanta http://members.tripod.com/~lucylucydear/redazalea.jpg Happy birthday to you Happy birthday to you Happy birthday, happy birthday Happy birthday to you (An many more) E

   Message From: nl3ecke@webtv.net (N.L. Eckert) Date: Thu, May 25, 2000, 9:28am To: echristian@webtv.net Subject: Fwd: Schooner Vigilant I thought you might be interested in seeing this Email that I got yesterday. Mr. Blytman is a free-lance historian and does mostly naval articles. It was his short history of the Vigilant that prompted me to use that name. Date:    Tue, May 23, 2000, 10:15pm (EDT-3) From:    Blytmann X-Accept-Language:    en,pdf To:    "N.L. Eckert" Subject:    Schooner Vigilant Hello Norman, Thanks very much for letting me know about your finished model of the VIGILANT. Sorry for not to have answered earlier, but just returned home from three weeks in Arizona to find your email. The model looks GREAT - congratulations! I will be updating my Vigilant web site in the not too distant future and I am wondering if you plan to keep the photos of the schooner on the web site referred to in your letter, on a permanent basis. If so, I like to make a link to it from my web site, if it's ok with you. If you don't plan on keeping the photos on the web site for at least a couple of years, then perhaps you could scan a couple of photos and email me those - I will then put them on my Vigilant site and of course give you all the credit. Thanks again for sharing this piece of art with me! Best regards, Tage blytmann@blytmann.com "N.L. Eckert" wrote: Hi again, Mr. Blytman, Its been over a year since I wrote asking about the Vigilant and I'm happy to say that I finally finished the model we talked about.   I have attached a page showing a few stages of construction and the finshed product.   I'm rather pleasedd with it, expecially since I am not a natural craftsman. I really have to work at it.,   I thought you might be interested in the results. I forgot about your telling me that the Vigilant probably only carried 4 and no more than 6 guns till after I had cut the ports, so I decidedd to take a little artistic license in that area. Norman Eckert http://community.webtv.net/nl3ecke/TheVigilant

   Message From: dogb@webtv.net (BJ) Date: Thu, May 25, 2000, 7:43am To: echristian@webtv.net (Elizabeth Christian) Subject: Thursday Hi Elizabeth, You sure get some interesting email. Of course all your penpals get interesting email from you. Takes one to get one. I spoke with Veta yesterday and she is more than willing to do all the things that Justa has said she won't have time for like changing the sheets on my bed. I wish Veta could come more than once a day buy she has a full time job working at a nursing home. I am lucky that she will come every evening for two hours. I am really looking forward to Joan's visit today. I talk to her on the phone and we occasionally email but nothing beats a face-to-face chat. I think she is busier now than when she was working. It is always fun to talk about mutual friends from when we were both working in New Jersey. My sore spot is still sore and it keeps scabbing over. Then the scab sticks to the sheet which means when I move it opens up again. Veta is going to bring me some Duoderm (artificial skin) for Fran to use if she thinks it will help when she comes on Saturday. Life would be so much easier if the doctors would realize that they need to have their offices equipped to handle people who can't transfer to their examination tables. My lawn man came yesterday and he told me he can tell who is observing the once a week watering restriction just by looking. He knew I was obeying the law and that my next door neighbor isn't. I heard Scott's sprinklers go on Tuesday night which is a no no. I'd tease Scott about that except I know he isn't the only one doing it. Sunday is our day and mine are set to run from 1AM to 6AM. I'm glad I have a well or I'd be broke trying to pay the water bill. We have the summer heat and humdity but not the rain. Sunshine Smiles, Barb      Message From: dogb@webtv.net (BJ) Date: Mon, May 22, 2000, 8:04am To: echristian@webtv.net (Elizabeth Christian) Subject: Sunny Monday Hi Elizabeth. Now that I found the solution to rid my homepages of those ugly banners at the top of every page, I just have to take the time to make the change. Now webtv users won't see anything but computer users will get the popups which I understand was always the case. When Justa gave me my bath this morning she noticed that there was a spot of blood on my sheet from the area of my sore spot. Now I'll have to call the nurse as soon as the agency opens. Maybe this will force them to move to do something quickly. I'm thinking that the thing the nurse saw was a blood blister. I have them all over my body. They just appear as tiny dark red spots and if they are left alone fade away. I guess this one didn't like being rubbed against the sheet. Justa told me that she will be here at 6 every morning while Demi is gone. That's fine by me but poor Joan when she spends Thursday night she'll have to get up very early when Justa comes to give me my bath at that time. Yesterday was quiet around here. I really didn't do much except my email and then watch some TV. As usual I watched movies I had seen before but didn't watch them all the way through just the parts I wanted. They must not have been that exciting because I can't remember them. Yesterday Paula brought over a piece of her graduation cake for Demi and me. She had a big pool party on Saturday. Pam said that 53 people were coming. I don't think they all came but I did hear some pool noise. I must have lost my taste for sweets. The cake was a bakery cake and it was just too sugary for me. I prefer butter cream icing and a rather delicate cake but I'm really not a big cake eater. Sunshine Smiles, Barb      Message From: christac@deuroconsult.ro (Cristache Gheorghiu) Date: Sun, May 21, 2000, 10:56pm (EDT+7) To: echristian@webtv.net (Elizabeth Christian) Subject: Are there publishers, any longer? Some days ago, I looked in Internet for publishers, hoping to find out one willing to publish my book. In this aim I have put the first part of the book in my web page. I sent two dozens of messages, giving them the web-address. A few of them replied saying honestly that they publish other kind of books. Most of them did not reply at all. I do not accuse them; maybe my message, or my text, was not convincing. Those who puzzled me belong to the third part, it's true a little one. They did not read my text, even if I offered it for free. Instead, they ask me to send the text via regular mail, together with some money. This is odd. How could I trust in a firm that promises to gain money for me, but they first clime money from me, an individual? I cannot understand it. There are no more real publishers? BFN Cristache ------------------------- God made Adam as a first trial before a masterpiece. (There is an opposite version too.) ---------------- They say that it is equally wrong to work on Sundays and make love with other's wife. Reading this in a Bible, someone added: "Tried the both; great difference!"  

   Message From: echristian@webtv.net (Elizabeth Christian) Date: Sat, May 20, 2000, 7:23pm To: davidcasley@davidcasley.eurobell.co.uk (David Casley) Cc: echristian@webtv.net Subject: "White flight"..not pretty Maybe this is what penpalling is all about... I don't know. Well, when the US Supreme Court ruled that school in the US must integrate..that was 1954..the South sat on its hands..did nothing for another 6 years, and then under Johnson ...teeth went into desegretation....and white families moved away from the areas where they would have to send their children to school with blacks, the prices dropped on their houses, and blacks moved in....getting houses at rock bottom prices. So what had been white neighorhoods became black. Actually it is still going on...but around the city of Decatur ( I will send you a web page)....there has been a turnaround. This is called "gentrification" and gays and lesbians have been attracted to the neighborhood, as for some reason traditionally they seem to be more artistic and able to really make older property attractive. My house and the house my daughter bought ...her second house, are nearby but remain in a white area...largely I think because the houses were always so expesive, and because in my case my house is within several blocks of a university than anchors the neighborhood. To be perfectly honest we are still all terribly sensitive to race. During the period of integration students in Atlanta were bused across town to white schools...and actually today I had an education student in an Educational Foundations class (actually black herself) in the library who will be debating the "busing" issue. I know there is a problem in the UK because when I was at London Guildhall there was anti black grafatti in the women's resttoom and no one erased it until I finally did.... Enough of this. It is not nice. Thanks for your long letter. Elizabeth From:    "David Casley" To:    "Elizabeth Christian" Subject:    Weather unsettled and overcast again today. Date:    Sat, May 20, 2000, 6:02pm (EDT+5) X-Priority:    3 X-MSMail-Priority:    Normal Hi Liz,             how have you and your family been lately? I especially wanted to write to you today, to thank you for sending all the lovely pics of your family and area where you live. We now have quite a collection of scenes and pics from you, it is always so nice to receive them...it was an especially good one of Eden. Does she look like you or your hubby?

      David started his week on the night shift last night, so as you can imagine, he was tired when he came home this morning...but he still made me a morning cuppa before going off to the land of nod. He always does the nicest things and is always so thoughtful. I am a very lucky woman indeed. We have been married for twenty two years and the time has just flown by.

      On Thursday we took our oldest daughter Joanne and grand daughter Bethany, down to see our other two kids, Tanya and Charlie, at the pub/hotel where they both work...(Charlie is the chef and Tanya is the barmaid).

      Last year when we took Jo and Beth to Wales with us for a weekend we said "never again". I am saying "never again" again! If it wasn't Joannes mouth, then it was Bethany's grizzling. You know the way it goes, they both reacted to each other. Apart from that, it was so nice to have al the family together for a few short hours again...but I am being the typical mother and grand mother of course, must have my moan, hahaha.

    How is work going, not too busy for you I hope? Have you managed to get out into the garden much lately? I am no gardener myself, but David has tried to make someething out of our jungle this year, and he has not done a bad job of things. It will all look so nice later in the year when we expect a good show of blooms. Being a police house, no one has ever really done much in the way of making an effort, because of not being their own property, as well as moving at a speed to other places....the point being that this is the first time the garden has ever been touched exept for the cutting of the grass.

    You mentioned in your recent letter about the gay scenes out where you are. Do you have much of a problem with them, or are they more on the quiet side of the social scenes? (What do you mean when you say "white flight area"?), I have never heard of that expression before.

    I had better get off now because I think David will be called into work early tonight....going by the phone call he just had from his inspector, they are heaving in the cells, and I want to make sure he has a decent meal before hand. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Take care, hugs from Yvonne.

   Message From: echristian@webtv.net (Elizabeth Christian) Date: Sat, May 20, 2000, 7:23pm To: davidcasley@davidcasley.eurobell.co.uk (David Casley) Cc: echristian@webtv.net Subject: "White flight"..not pretty Maybe this is what penpalling is all about... I don't know. Well, when the US Supreme Court ruled that school in the US must integrate..that was 1954..the South sat on its hands..did nothing for another 6 years, and then under Johnson ...teeth went into desegretation....and white families moved away from the areas where they would have to send their children to school with blacks, the prices dropped on their houses, and blacks moved in....getting houses at rock bottom prices. So what had been white neighorhoods became black. Actually it is still going on...but around the city of Decatur ( I will send you a web page)....there has been a turnaround. This is called "gentrification" and gays and lesbians have been attracted to the neighborhood, as for some reason traditionally they seem to be more artistic and able to really make older property attractive. My house and the house my daughter bought ...her second house, are nearby but remain in a white area...largely I think because the houses were always so expesive, and because in my case my house is within several blocks of a university than anchors the neighborhood. To be perfectly honest we are still all terribly sensitive to race. During the period of integration students in Atlanta were bused across town to white schools...and actually today I had an education student in an Educational Foundations class (actually black herself) in the library who will be debating the "busing" issue. I know there is a problem in the UK because when I was at London Guildhall there was anti black grafatti in the women's resttoom and no one erased it until I finally did.... Enough of this. It is not nice. Thanks for your long letter. Elizabeth From:    "David Casley" To:    "Elizabeth Christian" Subject:    Weather unsettled and overcast again today. Date:    Sat, May 20, 2000, 6:02pm (EDT+5) X-Priority:    3 X-MSMail-Priority:    Normal Hi Liz,             how have you and your family been lately? I especially wanted to write to you today, to thank you for sending all the lovely pics of your family and area where you live. We now have quite a collection of scenes and pics from you, it is always so nice to receive them...it was an especially good one of Eden. Does she look like you or your hubby?       David started his week on the night shift last night, so as you can imagine, he was tired when he came home this morning...but he still made me a morning cuppa before going off to the land of nod. He always does the nicest things and is always so thoughtful. I am a very lucky woman indeed. We have been married for twenty two years and the time has just flown by.       On Thursday we took our oldest daughter Joanne and grand daughter Bethany, down to see our other two kids, Tanya and Charlie, at the pub/hotel where they both work...(Charlie is the chef and Tanya is the barmaid).       Last year when we took Jo and Beth to Wales with us for a weekend we said "never again". I am saying "never again" again! If it wasn't Joannes mouth, then it was Bethany's grizzling. You know the way it goes, they both reacted to each other. Apart from that, it was so nice to have al the family together for a few short hours again...but I am being the typical mother and grand mother of course, must have my moan, hahaha.     How is work going, not too busy for you I hope? Have you managed to get out into the garden much lately? I am no gardener myself, but David has tried to make someething out of our jungle this year, and he has not done a bad job of things. It will all look so nice later in the year when we expect a good show of blooms. Being a police house, no one has ever really done much in the way of making an effort, because of not being their own property, as well as moving at a speed to other places....the point being that this is the first time the garden has ever been touched exept for the cutting of the grass.     You mentioned in your recent letter about the gay scenes out where you are. Do you have much of a problem with them, or are they more on the quiet side of the social scenes? (What do you mean when you say "white flight area"?), I have never heard of that expression before.     I had better get off now because I think David will be called into work early tonight....going by the phone call he just had from his inspector, they are heaving in the cells, and I want to make sure he has a decent meal before hand. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Take care, hugs from Yvonne.