Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
By John Curran • The Associated Press • November 21, 2008
ROXBURY VT— When you gotta’ go, you gotta’ go.For decades, when you had to go in the Roxbury Free Library, you really had to go — somewhere else, that is.The one-room clapboard building, a beloved small-town gathering place since 1923, had no restrooms. When nature called, patrons young and old eitherhad to hold it, do their business next door at the Roxbury Union Congregational Church or go home.Never mind that the library has such modern conveniences as wireless Internet access.“I used to say, ‘We’re the wi-fi library without a pot to piss in,’” library director Susan D’Amico said.No more: Work is near completion on a small addition that includes a 6-by-8-foot restroom with a sink and toilet. The toilet was installed Friday. Originally built as a tea room, the building was converted to a library in 1934, its shelves chockablock with best sellers, children’s books and knickknacks. It has hosted pruning workshops and travel programs, author visits and local history nights.But it always did so without a toilet.That wasn’t required when it was built, and the structure was grandfathered under Vermont plumbing rules that now require libraries to have such facilities, said Gail Center, senior environmental health engineer for the state Department of Health.Sometimes, library patrons rushing out to use the john next door made it. Sometimes, they didn’t.“We always had to make sure we used the bathroom before we came to story hour,” said Chris Dorer, 32, whose 3-year-old daughter, Izzy Jackson, frolicked in the library Wednesday afternoon. “When she was potty training, if we had to go to the church, we’d miss all of story hour doing it, especially in winter, when we had to gear up,” said Dorer, a member of the library’s board of trustees.The church was more than happy to oblige its neighbors. Library patrons always obeyed the “Please jiggle my handle after you flush” sign in the church’s bathroom, for one thing.The only problem was well-read squatters.“Every so often, we have to knock after an hour or so, and when the (bathroom) doors open, it’s someone who’s been reading a book,” church deacon Claire Chomentowksi said.D’Amico started investigating the possibilities of indoor plumbing soon after being hired in 2002. A private fundraising campaign netted $22,000, and the Vermont Arts Council came through with a $14,900 grant.Norwich University students pitched in, too. Architecture professor Daniel Sagan’s design-build class did design work for the addition, and framed it. A local tradesman donated his services, putting in the bathroom floor for the new construction, which included the addition of a wheelchair-accessible ramp into the building.The end result was a gleaming addition that has bookshelves, a kitchen sink and a sitting area — in addition to the one with the long-awaited fixtures. Library patrons will no doubt welcome it. Chomentowski says churchgoers will miss its visitors from next door. “We really will miss them, especially the little kids during library story hours,” she said.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
not to be too depressing, but i just want to make sure people are aware of what's going on in the congo right now. atrocities including huge executions, mass rape, torture, all types of sexual violence (toward women) and human degradation.
you can read an article by cnn here if you want, but it's not a fun one.
and of course, the attacks, danger and fear in india right now.
annie dillard, my new favorite author, writes that throughout history, people always think that THEIR TIME is the worst, that the world is unraveling, that society has become morally bankrupt, but that really, no one time is ever the worst, it's just a matter of egocentrism and focus on one's own perspective. however, right now, i'm reading an article about the congo online, and flipping channels between cnn's india's terrorism coverage and nbc's thanksgiving day macy's consumeristic teen idol obsession parade, and i'm wondering, this might, in fact, be humanity's unraveling.
but not to depress... i have nothing to say that we don't all already know. just a reminder to pay attention and be thankful for what we have, and what we don't.
peace, love and thanks.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Last name origin & meaning:
North German and Dutch: topographic name from Middle Low German
kamp ‘field’, ‘domain’.
Haverkamp is derivede
Derived from old English word haefer, meaning "he-goat"
Haverkamp was a name for people associated to goats either through physical looks or ownership of the animal.
HAVERKAMP ranks # 20727 in terms of the most common surnames in the United States for 2000.
HAVERKAMP had 1,186 occurences in the 2000 Census, according the U.S. government records.
For the last name of HAVERKAMP the Census Bureau reports the following race / ethnic origin breakdown:
- 95.53 percent, or 1,133 total occurences, were "Non-Hispanic White Only"
- Insignificant percent, or Less than 100 total occurences, were "Non-Hispanic Black Only"
- Insignificant percent, or Less than 100 total occurences, were "Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only"
- 1.1 percent, or 13 total occurences, were "Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native"
- 1.1 percent, or 13 total occurences, were "Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races"
- 1.6 percent, or 19 total occurences, were "Hispanic Origin"
NOTE: Fields suppressed for confidentiality are assigned the value "Insignifcant"
Compiled by Ancestry.com for head of households from the 1880 U.S. Federal Census records.
This forum thread is pretty cool.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
so a general one,
finn i lvo eyour pics,
and it's great to see your apart,
a;nd we're having a great thanksgiving dinner
and i'm sure up north you will also,
i'm buying the pie shells though, pillsbury,
maybe 10 pies,
pecan, 2 of them,
custard , my persoanl pie,
coffee chocolate cream,
yeap , ten of them,
no tofu down here, just real americano turkey,
have sweet dreams this week,
about pies of course,
and hans and hannah will need a lot, bc they will prob not only freeze this week,
but starve on a diet of instant oatmeal.
However, the cat has a cleft palate and can only eat through one mouth.
Only one in a million kittens is born with two heads and it is unusual for this one to be doing so well.
In August a kitten with four eyes, two noses and one mouth was born in Ohio, but it died after five days.
The condition is thought to be more common among snakes and turtles.
The cat was delivered in a vet's surgery in Perth, Western Australia, after its mother experienced complications during the birth.
Louisa Burgess, who helped deliver the cat told the Australian website InMyCommunity.co.au: "I have seen cats with two tails and extra legs, but not this.
"It has a full tummy and it survived the night so that is a good sign. It seems content, it meows and purrs.
"This is the result of a congenital deformity. Something has gone wrong in the early embryonic development," she added.
The grey and white feline will be closely monitored in the next few days but appears to be healthy.
According to InMyCommunity.com.au the owners are planning to keep the kitten and are considering calling it Mr Men or Quasi Modo.
That's sad, because Quasi Modo means "almost like", or not complete. It is a derogatory term.
The cat looks cool though.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Venice sunrise. I took a lot of this same photo from different angles and positions. This is the best of them, I think, but still not perfect. Photoshop didn;t make much of a difference with this one.
This is a statue on the facade of the duomo in piazza IV novembre in Perugia. This was taken the day they had plants setup on the steps.
This guy was a chef sitting in an alley in Venice. I asked him if I could take a picture and he said it was fine. I have a couple more of him too, but this is the best one. This is the one that got into Peal. Unfortunately, the photoshopped version looks a million times better. But what can you do?
This was awesome. I was out with a few people from my school and someone pointed across the piazza and I sprinted to catch this photo. Turned out pretty well for being so reflexive.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
i have to get my fingers to do enter instead of tab,
Be aware that Christmas is coming,
and you will be a secret santa to
an unaware family member,
prob the one who is the easiest or hardest to find gifts for.
so, first year, 100$
second year 50$
third year 20$
this year is the bestest yet,
made, with loving, gentle creative inspiration.
in case you dont know, you are all very talented,
dad and i will do the list exchange this weekend,
and send it out,
you can work relaxed and dilegently during all those count down
Christmas movies for the next 30 days plus.
enjoy, lvoe, mom
Monday, November 17, 2008
well, this year jill started christmas early.
and so did abc family.
so i'm jumping on the wagon.
here is abc family's 25 days of christmas, posted on this early barely-past-halloween day of november 17.
and hold onto your stockings, here is "program highlights" for the "COUNTDOWN to the 25 days of christmas." just in case 25 days isn't enough.
and, by the way, wikipedia, of course, has a whole page dedicated to abc family's 25 days of christmas hubbub. incidentally, reviews for the 2006 program were so rave that they invented the "countdown" last year. and this year, wikipedia has ALREADY posted, the countdown began even earlier, specifically, yesterday.
SOMEONE (WHO????) HAS ALREADY POSTED THIS TO WIKIPEDIA!
now, i know i'm supporting all of this by giving my time, energy, typing, cutting and pasting, and general blogging skills to share all of this stuff with you all, but come on man, come on america, and as the funny guy with the glasses (and moustache?) from cbs sunday morning always says, "GIMME A BREAK!"
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
thinking 50 dollars, mabye, or mabye we all try and do homeade gifs, can still cost money, but i guess thats what mom was thinking, so
i'm up for for it, and erin is, so if we decide to , than we should get that started,
anyway, this is his website. i haven't read all about it because he writes a lot, but as he's a western science guy, it seems his music is based on all that evidence. each album, or "entrainer," is designed for a different purpose. seems real interesting. relaxing, adhd, enter into nature, that kind of thing.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
is the main page for avaaz.org, a not-for-profit, non-government global organization designed to do good things.
is their petition regarding the upsurge in violence and horrible goings-on in congo (drc) right now. the petition is asking for the european union to send in troops to protect the civilians that the UN can't currently protect right now (for reasons not completely clear to me).
so, this one takes some thought, because it doesn't sound like it's a peacekeeping force, although, of course, peace is the ultimate goal.
anyway, several african countries are involved and people are fleeing their homes, being raped, murdered and tortured in general. apparently, it's a horrible mess that's only getting worst. avaaz asks that the rest of the world doesn't watch like we did during the rwanda genocide in '94.
whatever your views on isolationism and any other -ism this may bring up for you, please read up on it when you get the chance. consider what is going on and how you want to/don't want to be involved. i'm going to forward on the petition to emails for your reading pleasure.
thanks and peace.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008