A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.

~~Neil Gaiman

Where do you want to go?

What do you want to do?

When is your passion?

Who is your best friend?

Why do you care?

All of these questions have one answer: books.

(or if you choose not to own them–libraries.)


You can have a personal library made of books. Or a professional library made of books.

Or, if you choose not to own the book, you can use the community library made of books (and DVDs and CDs and other things that I have yet to identify.)  

Books can answer all sorts of questions.  

So what do you need to have on your shelf?


Depending on where you are and what you want to learn…

I have a professional library that has leadership, personality development, learning theory/pedagogy,  women’s health, aging, health policy, statistics, measurement, health evaluation, research, evaluation,  methodological books (like scaling, survey design, case study, focus groups, analyzing qualitative data, needs assessment), writing, computer programming, psychology and psychiatry, grant writing, and nutrition. It is my biography of sorts. I can tell you when and what I was doing when I got most of them. Possibly all of them.

At home, I have many women writers, alphabetized. On my bookcases.

I also have a stack (literally) of community library books I will read on the floor by my chair. They are mixed authors.

Much of my library in boxes because I gave the bookcases (which held them) to my daughters and they are now full of books. 

I learn something from each of these; slowly, I am making my way through all of them.

I don’t buy books any more.

I have many. (Some would say too many.) I use the community library.

The adage of “too many books, so little time” is so true. Maybe when I retire…

New topic.

This is the end of 2017. A tough year.

One thing you can do is make a record of “being mindful of the small things you do every day that make you healthy”. No gimmicks, no crazy goals, or fancy gadgets needed (Thank you, Be Orange Challenge)! That could be your resolution for 2018.

That and being active in what ever is your passion.

Happy New Year!

I hope that 2018 will be all that you wish.




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