Archive for October, 2009

Too Busy To Read . . .

October 11, 2009

. . . but I’ve checked out some books from the library anyway.  The University of Michigan has the best. library. ever.

I have work-study job at the bird library in the university’s Museum of Natural History, where I can geek out and read all the bird books I want, or look at stuffed dead birds from around the world, or look through the telescope that points to the top of the bell tower where a pair of peregrine falcons often hang out.  Sometimes I have to do work, for example go through boxes of books donated to the bird library from bird scientists from around the world to see if the library already owns them.  And I realized, we have everything.  A Field Guide to Birds of Manitoba published in 1903?  We have that.  The Incubation Period of the American Coot published 1891?  We have that too.  People, if you need any bird-related book or journal article from any year from any country, I can totally hook you up.

I took out some books related to my program, even though I won’t have to time read them.  I just like having them around.  I leave them in the dining room and when I have spare moment during breakfast or dinner I like to randomly open up to a page and read for a little.  It’s odd but I really miss taking public transportation. Walking and driving everywhere feels so isolating.  Plus I have no more designated reading time.  Anyway, here are the books I checked out and hopefully will one day read:

Hazardous Waste Sites: The Credibility Gap by Michael Greenburg

Dangerous Premises: An Insider’s View of OSHA Enforcement by Don J. Lofgren

Health and Work Productivity: Making the Business Case for Quality Health edited by Ronald Kessier and Paul E. Stang

Blue-Green Coalitions: Fighting for Safe Workplaces and Healthy Communities by Brian Mayer (I’m really excited about this one)

In other news, my midterms are coming up.  Please pray for me.

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