Friday, May 8, 2020

You Say It's My Birthday: Yeah Actually It's a 50th Birthday

Having gone from this:

To this:

To this:

To this:

To this:

And... that's not all the photos of my 50 years - there's one or two from my college days I can't find at the moment, some from my days in Pasco Libraries, and a few more - but this gives you an idea how long it took for me to get a good beard going and then how quickly it went grey.


As for all the stuff I'd like to do for a birthday present to myself, the one thing I want to do is travel and see more of the world... but now is not a good time to do that. (sigh)

So in the meantime, here's cake:

Also, still trying to write a story or two. Or twelve. And get a damned novel finished. And...

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

National Library Week 2020

This would have been - April 19 through April 25 - National Library Week.

Sadly, we are in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic that has closed down our library to the public. We need to promote Social Distancing to reduce the risks of spreading the infection (and this virus is proving very easy to catch).

What I can do from here is to encourage everyone to keep reading through any of the ebook services our libraries subscribe to. Bartow for example has an Overdrive account, so you can either use the direct URL on your desktop/laptop to visit and plug in your library barcode and PIN numbers, or install the Overdrive Libby app on your tablet/smartphone and login through there.

We're also sharing connections to various FREE ebook and online resources that have made themselves available to the public during this pandemic, the link to which is on our library website and through THIS particular link (the URL is so messy you're better off just clicking the link I made).

I wish we were doing our library services directly to the public, but right now safety and health ought to be our priorities. So I do hope everyone is doing well.

We can always do our Library Week next year.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Submitting To 2020's Royal Palm Literary Awards

Just to note as a member of the Florida Writers Association, I can submit currently written works for consideration with the Royal Palm awards.

Right now, I've put in two blog articles from my political ranting site, which hopefully may impress with insight, wisdom, and the appropriate use of various curse words (I *said* it was political ranting, dammit).

I may yet have an unpublished short story to submit for the April deadline, so we'll see how that goes.

Good luck to ye all, by the by, who are writing and getting away with it.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Current Status of Bartow Public Library March 2020

With all that is happening in the world right now, one thing we need to do in Florida and the United States is to stay at home and avoid public places. A public library is as public as you can get, so my city of Bartow's library was ordered closed to the public back on March 17th. Sorry I haven't mentioned it until now.

(Staff is still coming to work because there are off-desk tasks we still need to perform to keep the library functioning. Until such time that the city orders us home if the COVID-19 outbreak gets any worse)

We still have a number of online resources available through our library webpage at and we're trying to encourage people to use our Overdrive eBook access.

As for my previous workplaces Pasco County ( ) and Broward County ( ) they're closed to the public until further notice, too.

Stay healthy, everybody!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

It's Saint Patrick's Day 2020 And You Know What THAT Means!


(fails to dye Mal's hair in green)

I am now covered in many scars ow ow ow ow ow ow.

Verra Well. Videos of my favorite Irish-themed movie, The Quiet Man!


Saturday, February 29, 2020

Caturday Leap Day 2020

Every four years is an extra day, February 29th, and this year it falls on a Caturday!!!

Right Mal?

Krazy Kat is too busy rolling to care.