Author Archives: Diane Osborne

Meaning of a Christmas Card

The custom of sending Christmas cards started in 1843 in the UK by Sir Henry Cole.  He was a government worker who had helped to set up the new “Public Record Office” (Post Office) where he was an Assistant Keeper.  He looked for a way that the office could be used more by ordinary people.

 

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Giving Thanks

Every year at Thanksgiving many begin their traditional meal by going around the table and asking everyone what they are thankful for this year. It’s a sweet little ritual and forces everyone to focus on what is positive in their lives. And then we eat. And nothing changes.

So lately I’ve been wondering what “giving thanks” really means. Most of us would say that it means volunteering and sending money to charities. But feeling gratitude is a instinctive and deeply personal experience. Most describe it as a warm sensation in their chest that brings happiness. So how do we give that?

All of us can probably name a family member or co-worker that we don’t get along with.  Maybe we are too much alike or we are exact opposites.  I am sure we can also think of an incident at a store, restaurant, or business where you felt that the other person was rude or treated you unfairly.  Have you ever taken a moment and thought about what that person may be going through?  Have you “walked a mile in their shoes?”

This reminded me of a blog post that I read in the Huff Post titled, “What Does ‘Giving Thanks’ Really Mean?”  After mentioning a similar incident about a mean person, the author of the article went on to discuss the following:

“Last month when the foliage was its most vibrant, I mentioned to a scientist patient of mine how the leaves, like many people, are more beautiful right before they die. He told me that the bright colors are always in those leaves and they are hidden by the green chlorophyll. And when the chlorophyll diminishes in the fall, the true colors emerge. But do we really have to wait until the autumn of our lives for these colors to emerge? I wondered if we really had to wait until the autumn of our lives? Of course not, there are things we can do to make that happen earlier.

So between my scientist and my cousin Donald I realized what “giving thanks” really means. It means looking in someone’s eyes until you can see their vibrant colors beneath the chlorophyll, beneath the mask or the bravado or the prickly personality.

Try it with someone you love. Then try it with someone you don’t think much about — the person that pumps your gas or checks you out at the grocery store. Even try it with someone you have antipathy for — look in their eyes until you can find the tender heart and the vibrant colors beyond their skin color or body shape or behavior.

Because once you find their humanity you will discover your own vibrant colors. And then you will care deeply. And then the world begins to change.”

So, this Thanksgiving season I hope you will find out what it really means to give thanks.

Resource:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-gottlieb-phd/thanksgiving_b_2151816.html

 

October is Crime Prevention Month

Crime PreventionIn 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council designated October as Crime Prevention Month.  October has become the official month for recognizing and celebrating the practice of crime prevention, while promoting awareness of important issues such as victimization, volunteerism, and creating safer, more caring communities. Continue reading

Books for a Successful School Year

Successful Books

 

Bellevue University Library and its staff is ready to welcome you to another school year.  To help you be successful, I have rounded up several books to get you on a great start.  There are even more books in our display case to help you make the most of this next year and are ready for you to check out.  Just ask a staff member at the Circulation Desk and they will be happy to get a book for you in the display case. Continue reading

All About Apps Summer 2017

All About Apps

 

We all enjoy apps that help us in our everyday life.

We found a handful that you might be interested in adding to your collection.

Be sure to check these out!

 

WunderlistWunderlist (IOS, Android): A general, all around great app for keeping and sharing to-do lists that can significantly help keep a busy student on the ball with their day-to-day activities. The app is very simple to use; you simply enter in the name of your list, and then enter each item separately. Once a task is completed, you can check off the task and it is stored in “completed tasks.” Simple, light, easy to use and share lists.

Hangouts HangoutsMeet (Android): Ever since Google has rebranded the chat app to “Hangouts,” Google has been looking to expand the functions of the device in order to allow for more powerful, business usage in order to meet the demands of the ever-shifting business world. Hangouts Meet can support up to 30 participants, include a 1-click join button for users, and integrate with all the other Google apps (Calendar, People, etc.) to facilitate scheduling the meeting. This can be a fantastic alternative to students who need to have virtual meetings who are already using Google.

MeteorMeteor (Android): When working on a shared network, it can be challenging to know if the connection is going to be fast enough to do what you want to get done. Now, with Meteor, you have a quick speed test for your connection that gives you a realistic idea for the kind of connection you can expect over long-term usage, as well as a score for six apps and how those apps will work with your current connection. The app is ad-free and has zero cost. You cannot ask much better than that.

ScanbotScanbot (Android): When working with documents, books, and sources in general, it can be difficult to try and copy down everything you need in the moment. Rather than kill your wrists, using an app like Scanbot can dramatically save you time. Scanbot is considered one of  the best PDF scanner apps and can turn documents, receipts, whiteboards, and even QR and Barcodes into a PDF document. With a simplified user interface, you will wonder why you ever typed anything into your phone again.

PigmentPigment (IOS, Android): Everyone needs a break from studying, and the hobby-fad of adult coloring books is still alive and well. For those of us who simply do not have the disposable income to throw at the multitude of adult coloring books out there, Pigment might be a great option. This coloring app provides all of the tools one would need in order to color and save a neat piece of art. While the app does have a paid subscription that gives access to a lot more illustrations, the free version still has plenty to chose from.

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 20 No. 3, Summer 2017 by Jacob Lee.

It’s Time to Relax!

Relaxation DayNational Relaxation Day is observed annually on August 15th.  It is a time to slow down, unwind, and relax!  Sundays used to be reserved for this day, but in today’s busy world, even that day is filled with sports activities and things we couldn’t fit in during the week. Continue reading

Made in the USA

Made in the USAOne of the main things Americans think about in July is Independence Day or the 4th of July.  Independence Day is the day we celebrate when the 13 colonies of America declared their independence from Great Britain. Well, there is another “holiday” that is similar to this when Americans celebrate our independence from all countries.  It is called, Made in the USA Day, and it is devoted to promoting merchandise, factory-made within the USA, and goods assembled within the USA. Continue reading

Happy Trails to You!

Trails DayEach year on the first Saturday in June, since 1993, American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day has brought together Americans of all walks of life to enjoy and experience America’s marvelous trails system.  Events held throughout the United States help promote awareness of the wide variety of benefits that trails provide, encourage people to discover their local trails, raise awareness of trail issues, and instill excitement for the outdoors. Continue reading

It’s Time to Graduate!

Graduation TraditionsMay is a busy month full of celebrations.

One of the biggest is graduation.

It is a time to celebrate your accomplishments and achievements over the past few years.  How much do you know about all the traditions behind that special day? Continue reading