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  • jcwest commented on the post, Introduction to Myself, on the site 3 days, 19 hours ago

    Hi Frenchie, I feel the same about libraries being a large support to me growing up too and I want to help create spaces like for young people now too. I love horror as well but have a lot to catch up on with current horror films and books. I do love the new Chucky Series, mostly because of Jennifer Tilly if I’m honest, but the young actors are…[Read more]

  • jcwest commented on the post, Introductory Post, on the site 1 weeks, 3 days ago

    Hi Isabel,

    I was born in Torrance, CA, near you, but lived most of my life in Washington State. I’ve taken single Summer courses before, this is my first Summer session with two courses while working full time – and that time frame is a whole thing to keep up with for sure. You can do it!

  • jcwest commented on the post, INFO 287- Introduction Post, on the site 1 weeks, 4 days ago

    Hi Jennifer, love that picture of the aquarium – I was born in Torrance, CA , near you, but lived most of my life in Washington State. I’ve been to Long Beach more than a few times to visit family. I think I’ll always be a aquarium/zoo person so thanks for the pic!

  • jcwest commented on the post, Elly's Intro Post, on the site 1 weeks, 5 days ago

    Hi Elly,

    Hello from farther East on the Columbia River – I live in the TriCities, Washington area, Kennewick to be exact. We pass by Hood River often on trips to Portland – a beautiful area! Good luck in class.

  • jcwest commented on the post, Hello INFO 287!, on the site 1 weeks, 5 days ago

    Killer Klowns and Creepshow are so great! Big horror fan too. I loved all the Chuckie movies and have just started the TV show which is a lot of fun.

  • jcwest commented on the post, Accidental Librarianship, on the site 1 weeks, 5 days ago

    Hi Alexis,

    “I’m glad you’re here” is such a powerful phrase. I’m going to use that more often. I’m so happy to hear your story about the library being the resource you needed – there’s so much benefit from just having the building open and available. We never know what our patrons are accomplishing or battling each day they walk in the door.…[Read more]

  • jcwest commented on the post, Accidental Librarianship, on the site 1 weeks, 5 days ago

    Hi Kimberly,

    My mom is good with Orchids too but I’m not brave enough to try them!

    The plants in the middle picture are my current garden: Butternut Squash, Calabacita Squash, Cherry Tomatoes, a Pumpkin, Corn, Red Onions, and Cucumber. We went a little overboard this year! But gardening really is my happy place.

    I’m glad to hear that the…[Read more]

  • jcwest commented on the post, Accidental Librarianship, on the site 1 weeks, 6 days ago

    Sandy soil is interesting! With the sandy soil I get to plants lots of Irises, Lavender, and Lilies which I love. I did have two rabbits come through regularly two years ago and eat almost every bulb in my flowerbeds in early Spring! I tried to take it in stride and say, hey, I get to plant new things now.

  • jcwest posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    I also love the way Mrs. Maisel has so many long “one-shots” where the camera is just moving around without a single cut and all of that dialog is just flying right and left – so much great production work to analyze.

    • The opening of perhaps season 2 of MMM had that LONG shot of the family moving into and unpacking in their house at the resort in upstate NY. It was brilliant.

  • jcwest posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    Big Drag Race fan here too, watched every main season when it first aired, ha! A coworker has decided to binge the entire run and we have been having a great time talking about it. A different coworker told me about Dungeons and Drag Queens which I need to get into for sure.

    • I only started watching with Season 8 as that was the first to come to Netflix Canada and a coworker recommended it. But then I immediately had to go back and watch the rest and have kept up, although I need to watch more international series. I also got my Mom into it, she watches it on cable and she loves it so much that she actually contacted…[Read more]

  • jcwest posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    I love a good/bad horror movie too. Some of my first memories of going to the local public library were to secretly read horror/special effects magazines like Fangoria and Starlog. One of the “slow binges” I’m currently working through is the new Chuckie series which is sooo much better than it has any right to be! And, you know, Jennifer Tilly is…[Read more]

  • jcwest posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    I remember that Edward Gorey intro too! Wow, hadn’t thought about that in a long time

  • jcwest commented on the post, Accidental Librarianship, on the site 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Hi Carly,

    I’ve always lived in South Eastern Washington State but have lived in this more central area for the last ten years. I don’t take too many considerations when gardening for the pollution – we’re a bit farther out from the site and on the other side of the Columbia River which I hope helps. Although there are folks in this area that…[Read more]

  • jcwest wrote a new post on the site Josh, Hyperlinked 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Accidental Librarianship Hello, welcome to my blog! My name is Josh, I’m in my third year of the SJSU MLIS program and will graduate in Fall ’24. I started working in a Continue reading

    • Hi Josh,
      What a great story. You are the living embodiment of the power of libraries.
      Have you always lived in the most polluted area in North America? Do you have to take special considerations in gardening and planting to counteract the pollution? I see from your pictures that you have a container garden. Is this due to the pollution? We lived near this https://www.stripes.com/theaters/asia_pacific/more-drums-dug-up-near-kadena-schools-amid-pollution-scare-1.264344 and were told not to plant things in the ground and not drink the water.

      • Hi Carly,

        I’ve always lived in South Eastern Washington State but have lived in this more central area for the last ten years. I don’t take too many considerations when gardening for the pollution – we’re a bit farther out from the site and on the other side of the Columbia River which I hope helps. Although there are folks in this area that avoid well water due to high rates of cancer. Mostly I do containers because the soil here is very sandy and needs amendments to work well for vegetables.

        ” They say” there isn’t much nuclear threat but we still have local governments recommending what to do in case of a nuclear meltdown (how to seal up your house and to have supplies on hand) they also test the emergency sirens often. One of the local high schools has a nuclear cloud for a mascot. Here’s an interesting article about that: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/japanese-exchange-student-offers-her-views-on-richland-high-schools-mushroom-cloud-logo/

        Local university archives are also documenting the Hanford Site’s association with racism and documenting stories of Black Hanford workers who were made to live in segregated living quarters and not allowed to buy homes in nearby cities, including Kennewick where I currently live.

        Here’s more information on that: https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/african-americans-and-manhattan-project-richland-wa-1942-1945/

        • Sandy is probably a whole different experience- I garden in the Bay Area but between destructive ground squirrels and clay , it has been a interesting adventure.

          • Sandy soil is interesting! With the sandy soil I get to plants lots of Irises, Lavender, and Lilies which I love. I did have two rabbits come through regularly two years ago and eat almost every bulb in my flowerbeds in early Spring! I tried to take it in stride and say, hey, I get to plant new things now.

    • Oh wow! That poor student. Just to commiserate that questionable taste is not just a Pacific Northwest problem. https://search.app.goo.gl/HE3Mvjb This the high school my husband attended.

    • What a nice garden! What are the plants in the middle pic? In my house my mom is know to kill most of the plants she takes care of but surprisingly she has a orchid alive a blooming. Much like you libraries helped me during a hard period life and I wish to help others by providing a space for others in the library.

      • Hi Kimberly,

        My mom is good with Orchids too but I’m not brave enough to try them!

        The plants in the middle picture are my current garden: Butternut Squash, Calabacita Squash, Cherry Tomatoes, a Pumpkin, Corn, Red Onions, and Cucumber. We went a little overboard this year! But gardening really is my happy place.

        I’m glad to hear that the library helped you out during hard times as well – libraries are more impactful than most people know.

    • Hi Josh,
      What a powerful story! I just want to say that libraries also played a pivotal role for me when I was in high school. I grew up in a poor area without a computer or internet at my home. But the public library had computers I could be on for a period of time each day. I came every single day and taught myself how to code; I also did my homework there (which required a computer and the internet). My ability to apply to college, apply for financial aid, get good grades by being able to do my homework, etc. all hinged on the accessibility to technology the library gave me. Working in a campus library was also the job that got me through my first years of college. So this sentiment of yours hits me deeply in appreciation –> “I want to have a hand in creating spaces and services for others to experience that kind of support in their communities.” I’m glad you’re here.

      • Hi Alexis,

        “I’m glad you’re here” is such a powerful phrase. I’m going to use that more often. I’m so happy to hear your story about the library being the resource you needed – there’s so much benefit from just having the building open and available. We never know what our patrons are accomplishing or battling each day they walk in the door. I’m glad you’re here too!

    • @jcwest I absolutely love this:

      “ Libraries caught me while I was falling as a teenager and I want to have a hand in creating spaces and services for others to experience that kind of support in their communities.”

      I am so glad you found your way to libraries as a teen and now you will soon be a professional!

      Your pups are so sweet – beautiful faces! Cheers to you and your husband!

      Washington has a special place in my heart. My aunt who has arranged for us to all be in Myrtle Beach this week lived in Puyallup Washington in the 70s and my mom and I visited in 77 and I was so taken with the Pacific Northwest. Add to that being a huge Twin Peaks fan in the 90s and still today It’s one of my favorite places.

      Welcome to #hyperlib!

  • jcwest posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    I first started watching Bob’s Burgers during the pandemic – such a funny, comfort show. I love how they all support each other without any hesitation, in whatever wild thing they are trying to accomplish.

    • It is so pure while being absolutely hilarious. I also found it during the Pandemic. I swear it helped keep me sane. Ha!

  • I find it hard working full time and taking classes to deep dive into anything lately! Being at work for almost 10 hours each day, my my binge watches have to be quick and funny – like Bob’s Burgers (which honestly has some fantastic writing – like the episode where they visit Bob’s mother’s gravesite, amazing). I also enjoy anything with quick,…[Read more]

    • The episode in the graveyard never fails to make me misty eyed.

      Also love any Agatha Christie shows! I used to hang out with my grandma to watch the old PBS mystery segment and we would hope it was either Sherlock or anything Agatha Christie. I still think about the intro to the mystery segment all the time…https://youtu.be/rAmGsM4Dids

    • I took advantage of the break between Spring and Summer classes to catch up with some shows. I can understand about wanting short, funny shows when balancing school and work! Just finished the new season of Hacks which was great. I was a fan of Gilmore Girls and Mrs. Maisel, you definitely get your value in words per minute with Amy…[Read more]

      • I also love the way Mrs. Maisel has so many long “one-shots” where the camera is just moving around without a single cut and all of that dialog is just flying right and left – so much great production work to analyze.

        • The opening of perhaps season 2 of MMM had that LONG shot of the family moving into and unpacking in their house at the resort in upstate NY. It was brilliant.

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