Photographs, Quotations & Thoughts


D = Doorway: One of My 2012 Calendar Photographs and a Related Quotation I Like


“The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind”

E. B. White quotes (American writer 1899-1985) found on


23cpd Thing # 7

So far the only site from Thing #7 I’m already signed up with is Link In.  When I was first getting familiar with it earlier this year, I signed up for a few photography related groups.  Thankfully I was able to profit from the group wisdom and I gleaned answers to questions I’d had for quite some time such as which company to use when I switch my photography website.  Also some members of the same group, Women In Photography, were helpful when I was pondering a new domain name.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve specifically chosen not to have a personal page on Facebook but may chose to have one for business at a later date. I enjoyed reading about other library organizations and might at sometime want to join SLA or MLA.  But at this time I’m fine with belonging to a local (CABL)  and a regional medical library group (MLGSCA).

C = Cove: One of My 2012 Calendar Photographs and a Related Quotation I Like


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain (American Humorist, Writer and Lecturer. 1835-1910)


B = Blossom : One of my 2012 Calendar Photographs and Related Song Lyrics I Like


Amazingly I heard this song on the online folk radio station FOLKALLEY.COM  just this morning shortly after I decided to post the lyrics of this song which has been a favorite of mine for years.


by James Taylor

from his Sweet Baby James album

Blossom, smile some sunshine down my way
Lately, I’ve been lonesome
Blossom, it’s been much too long a day
Seems my dreams have frozen
Melt my cares away

Send the sunshine down my way whenever you call my name
I know what you mean to say to me, girl, it’s all the same

Blossom, there’s any empty road behind
Sit you down beside me
Blossom, there’s a sweet dream on my mind
There’s a song inside me
Take these chains away

Now, send the sunshine down my way whenever you call my name
I know what you mean to say to me, girl, it’s all the same

Blossom, smile some sunshine down my way
Lately, I’ve been lonesome
Blossom, it’s been much too long a day
Seems my dreams have frozen
Melt my cares away

A = Apple : One of my photographs and a Related Quotation I Like + Thing #5

One of My Peruvian APPLE Cactus Blossoms 2008

“I’m not smart, but I like to observe. Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.”       found on

Bernard M. Baruch quotes (American Economist and adviser to US presidents, 1870-1965)

As a way to organize (and we who work in libraries love to organize information) how I present photographs I’ve taken and quotations I like, I’ve decided to start by going through the alphabet.

I also thought the quotation I picked related to the 23cpd Reflection assignment.  It’s one thing to learn about and try new tools.  It’s something completely different to take time to reflect on why I’m doing this, what it says about me and the numerous other questions.  But as I believe the Baruch quotation so aptly illustrates, the ones willing to take time to ask meaningful questions and then integrate what they’ve learned are the ones more likely to achieve clarity and then make valuable contributions in their fields rather than just barely keeping up and feeling like hamsters running on wheels in their cages.

As for me, it’s very obvious that I’m unwilling to bite off too much at a time.  I have appreciated reading how other 23cpders have also had resistance to using twitter and how some have stuck their toes in and found how to make it work for them.  At least I’m more open to looking into it at a later date now.  Maybe when the course is over as a way to keep in contact with other like minded individuals, I’ll check it out.

23cpd Thing #4

I made an executive decision and decided not to do Twitter and Pushnote at this time. There is definitely a limit to how many online accounts I want to contribute to and keep up with.  Unlike some, any time I devote to committees or professional development is done on my own time because the number of hours that I’m allowed to work at my library job are restricted and I believe the hours I’m there are best spent serving my patrons.

I am glad to finally understand and start using RSS with some sites I’ve recently become aware of.

Emerson Quotation About Having Made “Acquaintance with the Sea” in Rockport, MA in 1857

Quotation Waves

When I saw this Emerson quotation on the wall at the Emerson Inn I wrote it down because I too was feeling the restorative power of the sea for the first time in a very long time.  The quotation led me to read the Heart of Emerson’s Journals and a seed was planted for my 2012 calendar.  The photograph in this post and the quotation below were included on the inside of the 2012 back cover.

Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson after his visit to Rockport, MA in 1857

“Returned from Pigeon Cove, where we have made acquaintance with the sea, for seven days. ‘Tis a noble friendly power, and seemed to say to me, ‘Why so late and slow to come to me? Am I not here always thy proper summer home? Is not my voice thy needful music: my breath, thy healthful climate in the heats; my touch, thy cure? Was ever building like my terraces: was ever couch so magnificent as mine? Lie down on my warm ledges and learn that a very little hut is all you need. I have made thy architecture superfluous, and it is paltry beside mine.’ …And behold the sea, the opaline, plentifold and strong, yet beautiful as the rose or rainbow, full of food, nourisher of men, purger  of the world, creating a sweet climate, and, in its unchangeable ebb and flow, and in its beauty at a few furlongs, giving a hint of that which changes not, and is perfect.”

R. W. Emerson from The Heart of Emerson’s Journals

23cpd thing 3

In doing a Google search for myself as part of 23cpd thing #3, I found that the top few hits on the page were indeed for me and was also reminded that there are a number of others with my same combined first and last name.  I’ve already gone in and added my middle initial to the title of my webpage, this blog and my LinkedIn listing to differentiate myself.

I was especially happy to see that my photography website now comes up first for a Kathleen Shepler search because it used to not even come up on the first page.  However, I also noticed that the pages connected to my professional day job no longer come up on the first page and I’m not sure why.  The only other listing was a old posting on the MLGSCA Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona blog about an award I won.
As for whether the pages that came up were ones I’d be comfortable having someone see if they were looking for information about me.  Yes.  That’s probably because long ago a wise teacher of mine suggested we might want to consider living our lives so that we’d be comfortable seeing anything we’d done on the front page of the newspaper.  However, as LinkedIn constantly reminds its users, I keep reminding myself to be careful about what type of specific contact and identifying information I post online.

23cpd Blogs I’ve Looked At Tonight

Squeezed in time to look at three of my fellow 23cpder’s blogs this evening as part of Thing #1.   Found I was drawn by the use of certain words in the blog titles as I quickly scanned the list of participant blogs.

  • Climbing the Stacks, because I like climbing things. Turns out the author wants to be a medical librarian.
  • Fiction&Fotos because the author and I both are including photography as a focus in our blog.

Still on cpd23 thing #1

Having happily stumbled upon cpd23 ( see link in the Blogroll near bottom to find what it is if you want to ) after it started, I’m still catching up with the assignments.  It seemed like a good excuse to learn about things I’d been wanting to learn and no longer wanted to be clueless about.

As for what caught my eye in the 23 things, here’s a run down.

  • Have or already have used: LinkedIn, Dropbox and screen capture
  • Have heard about but haven’t used:  Evernote,  Google Calendar & Google Docs and Jing
  • Have heard of but am clueless which isn’t a good thing to be for someone that works in a library these days: RSS feeds, Wikis and podcasts (making and following them)
  • Never even heard of: Pushnote, LATNetwork, CILIP Communities, Zotero, Mendeley, citeulike, Prezi , data visualisation, Slideshare
  • Haven’t chosen to get involved in these and will only consider later for business: Facebook and Twitter
  • Librarianship training options of interest will be good to look into because I didn’t finish my MLS
  • Volunteering to get experience is something I can recommend because of the three volunteer positions I had to get experience before I applied for an MLS program.  Two of them turned into paid positions and I’m still at one of them over twenty years later.
  • However it’s way past time to update my résumé just in case, so the section on identifying your strengths, how to capitalise on your interests, how to write something eye catching that meets job specs will be a needed prod.