To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

LibraryThing Love Fest!

My hat is off to Tim Spalding for a beautiful piece of work. I just added my first 100 books to LibraryThing and I am in LOVE! You have to understand something about me to really get this. I collect Library cards. I read, I read a lot. I currently have 4 library cards and one of those is the King Daddy of all Library cards, a Library of Congress card. I am perversely proud of that fact. My entire life is threaded with books and libraries. Everywhere I have lived I found a library and got a card. Just yesterday I took my 3 and 5 year old to the local library to get their own cards. We spend lots of time there and it was time to get them their own. So now you understand my relationship with books. Maybe, double whatever your thinking and your closer. If you have that kind of relationship with books, you need to go to LibraryThing right now and sign up. You get to catalog 200 books for free or pay $10 to catalog, manipulate, explore, and discover more books than you can imagine, for the rest of your life.

Did you hear me?


Get it? Good! Do it now.


Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Calvin Coolidge

LibraryThing | Catalog your books online

Last week I wished that I had kept a list of all the books I have read in my lifetime. This week I find a great website that let’s you catalog the books you have read or want to read in an online catalog. I have used it all of 15 minutes and love it. LibraryThing let’s you create your own library of up to 200 books for free, or for $10 during the Beta you can add all you want forever. They pull from the Library of Congress and Amazon to give you access to everything. The best trick is that they use Tags like Flickr and do so you can organize and share your books. What makes this so brilliant is that they let you browse the Zeitgest by either Tag Cloud or Author Cloud, also by Genre, Top 25 books, and the 25 largest user libraries, etc. See something you have read in another users library? Want to add it to yours? Click on their Graphical Shelf and then click on the book to add it to your catalog. It’s easier than typing in every one of your books one at a time. You can also add books by using the ISBN number. Since they already pull from Amazon, I wish it had a category for music and movies and let me add those to my catalog using the ASIN numbers also. Let’s all send them an email to see if that can be done in a future update. I foresee a long future with LibraryThing.

Take it for a spin…


Browse the Tag Clouds…

LibraryThing Zeitgeist:

Dain and Olivia discover Sparklers

It’s the simple things in our lives that give us joy. Two kids, 3 and 4, discovering sparklers for the first time. Dain and Olivia were beyond happy, Hysterical with glee would be a better description.