October 2009

“Miso soup is the Japanese version of chicken soup–a combination soul food and comfort food.” My friend Ernie showed me how to make this simple, yet very satisfying and nourishing soup back in the mid 1990s when I was working at Kripalu Center. Check out Dr. Weil’s recipe. You will love it–especially in the colder months of the year.


If you don’t have time to “lay down your burden” every Sunday, then you can still cultivate “Sabbath moments” everyday of your life. Here are some wonderful “Practices for a Simple Sabbath” that you can easily integrate into your life on a regular basis. Also check out Wayne Muller’s book: Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in our Busy Lives.

My new Jing Tutorials are not up on the Alumnae Library Web site yet, but I’m at work on a Saturday (Halloween), and I was just able to use my Internet Explorer enabling cookies Jing tutorial with a patron who called the Reference Desk for help. The caller loved it. Now that’s exciting! Click here.

I saw Wayne Muller speak in the Main Chapel at Kripalu Center in the mid 1990s. He is the founder of Bread for the Journey, and an ordained minister, a therapist, and an author. Check out his wonderful words of wisdom in his video entitled “Enough is Enough”.

My Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist recommended that I try using a neti pot many years ago to maintain healthy sinuses, prevent colds, and to simply breathe more fully. After the first time I tried it, I was hooked. Check out this video from the Himalayan Institute to see how it’s done.

I attended a LexisNexis database Webinar on “Finding Sources” in my office, and learned that the database is going to have a new interface starting in the beginning of 2010. Here’s the beta URL for the new interface. It’s now divided into the following 6 search areas: Search the News, Look up a Legal Case, Get Company Info, Research Countries, Research People, and Combined Search. I really like the new interface–much easier to navigate!

Another memorable lesson that I learned at the Dartmouth Conference was how to be a better public speaker. Josh Compton, a Dartmouth Public Speaking Professor, and Laura Braunstein, the English Literature and Languages Librarian, gave a wonderful presentation about how to be a more effective public speaker. In a nutshell, it’s most effective to collaborate with your audience–speak “with” them, not “at” them. Again, this goes back to active and engaged learning. Important lesson!

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