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In last weekend's Wall Street Journal, Will Schwalbe has a fine reflective piece on the joys of discovering books that have been left behind by people using rentals during the summer months, when things do tend to slow down.
"The serendipity is thrilling," he writes. He lists numerous books and authors he has simply run across when his mind was free to wander. Maybe those times were in summer; maybe not. Regardless, he let himself have the freedom to explore something he might never have given a second glance at in the hectic day-to-day busyness of American life.
It has been rare for me to allow myself such whimsies. I'm the kind of guy who thinks he must fill up all the available hours with reading that turns into something useful -- a valuable insight to be reviewed and perhaps used later in a discussion, a fact that must be squirreled away for retrieval when I'm writing, that kind of thing.
A few weeks ago I kind of stumbled onto Jack London and borrowed a huge book of his collected works from a friend and fan. I was hooked and wondered why I had read so little of this wondeful writer when I was a young man.
I have not stopped there. From London, I have wandered into the territory of Louis L'Amour.
It's all just for fun. And I must admit I get a little guilty pleasure out of reading these slim volumes. But, they do seem to let my mind rest up, allowing me to let go a little and recede from the world of work where my brain seems to spend most of its waking hours.
Better use of drones
Like many other Texans, I watched with astonishment as Hurricane Harvey inundated the coast and just kept delivering blow after blow to areas like Rockport and Houston. I wasn't exactly glued to the TV set over the weekend, but I tried to keep on top of the situation because I have two daughters and four grandchildren living in the Houston area, one family in League City and one in Pearland.
On the ground, TV crews did a pretty decent job of telling us the story, although I think the Weather Channel set up in one place and just kind of stayed there for a whole day. I saw the same two cops filling up a boat engine with gasoline for several hours, for example.
What was missing -- for me -- was creative use of drones to tell the story. Today's drones, equipped with cameras, are cheap and plentiful. I wish the networks had sent them up and given me a good bird'seye view of the whole situation on several occasions.
I know that TV reporters are trained to get the human element of a story first. I was a TV reporter myself. But, the broader context is also very helpful, and in this case really does tell the horror story of rainfall's devastating effects on Houston.
Plans are moving ahead quickly on a library expansion project in Wimberley.
Juniper Schneider has taken the lead to help develop a fund-raising plan, and several groups are now going on the same road in the same direction to begin thinking about how to get the funds we will need to do the project. They include the Friends, our library foundation and a special committee established for the purpose of finding money
How much money?
We don't know yet. We have no actual plan for what an expanded library might look like, but our board has had discussions with several architectural firms to pick one to take the lead on the project.
So, watch this space for updates that will be provided as new developments take place.
An odd afternoon
It's been wild, I'm sure, at HEB next door to us, because it was wild when I was in there at 9 o'clock this morning to get some paper towels. Seems like everyone was wanting to buy water, which makes some sense, and toilet paper, which makes no sense to me at all. Why would you need extra toilet paper if you are on the outskirts of a hurricane? Maybe one person saw another person with a load of TP and thought, "Wow! I better stock up, too!" and then did so, and it started a domino-like absorption with stuff for the bathroom.
Over here at the library, it's almost business as usual, although we seem to have fewer kids and moms this afternoon.
We don't know what to expect tomorrow, but I'm guessing it will be hairy around here late tomorrow evening and Sunday.
Yeah, we have paper here. Just not that kind.
We saw it all from here
We had about 300 folks in and around the library this afternoon to watch the solar eclipse.
The clouds were not in the way, and the actual time when the eclipse was most in effect over Wimberley was spectacular.
We should have some pictures posted on our FaceBook page, so check that out.
Thanks to Miss Kristina, our YA coordinator, for her role in making this a big success for our patrons.
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