An old idea connecting new people: “Dear Stanger” I’m here. Where are you?

 

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While the concept of writing a physical letter has seen its day (Sorry Jane). Cyberly, our current norm doesn’t engage with others as in the days of pen pals or writing to strangers for the sake of positively connecting physically. Some say those days are over. Yes, today it is clearly no longer a typical daily social norm in most of our circles. However, some are highlighting this nostalgic expression as a way of bringing people together again. The article below shines some light on an old idea connecting new people — the “Dear Stranger” concept allows people to engage in story-sharing as a way of reaching out to those outside of your immediate circle (stay with me — don’t get too uncomfortable yet), or to those you don’t know but might end up liking to. This outmoded concept begins to bridge people by adding to their sense of expansion. A little nudge to look outside our sometimes, narrow horizons, which take us beyond one’s surrounding limited peripheral view.

Resource: http://oregonhumanities.org/programs/collaborative-projects/dear-stranger/

Photo: https://www.franksonnenbergonline.com/posters/building-bridges-were-in-this-together/

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City Libraries keep ‘going-green’ alive and kicking.

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City Girl pic via GI

In the hustle, bustle of the city, MC information professionals are doing their part to keep the concept of ‘going-green’ alive and kicking. Helping to make the city and its libraries safe, clean and livable to all, through large and small acts of camaraderie efforts.

Some of the key takeaways to ‘going-green’ can be to simply start somewhere, anywhere really, and then start small if you aren’t sure — pick up trash along your pathway; yes, even if it’s not yours (yuck!), how about biking to work/school? Or trying out your favorite concept of rak, the ongoing sweeping sensation (more on this in a later post). Think randomly here.

But for now, use one of the following as your starting point: Recycle, Reduce, Refine, Research, and Reuse. Together ‘going-green’ is always on point. Try it and comment on your favs.

Resource: https://multcolib.org/blog/20180802/multnomah-county-libraries-earn-gold-going-green

The ‘Tree of Life’ welcomes all and roots for diversity and inclusiveness. How about you?

Tree of life and inclusion by Joe Shlabotnik

Picture courtesy of Creative Commons via Joe S.

HE is no stranger to diversity but how does it fair when it comes to inclusiveness? With so many Ups and Downs; it’s 2018, are we there yet? Please share your thoughts about what you’re hearing (if anything, you’d care to share) around the water cooler surrounding this conversation of the new/old concept known as “inclusive teaching.” Does this method mean, all or all of the same? Any appropriate, constructive, and respectful comments are welcome here. We do LISn to you here.


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