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
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.
How satisfying to have finally begun work on my photo blog because it has been only a figment of my imagination for so long. I have the free online course “23 Things for Professional Development” to thank for the final impetus. I look forward to the frustrations and delight that both projects will bring.
“Keep on beginning and failing.
Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger
until you have accomplished a purpose –
not the one you began with perhaps,
but one you’ll be glad to remember.”
Anne Sullivan quotes American teacher , 1866-1936
found at the website http://en.thinkexist.com
“23 Things for Professional Development” is being offered again during the summer of 2012. For more information go to http://cpd23.blogspot.com/