An unusual and surprising day

This has a been a surprisingly unusual day.

Things started with 2 half-day training sessions for staff at the New York State Library. About 50 people came out to hear me bombard them (and I do mean bombard!) with web2.0/library2.0 ‘stuff’. They then got some projects going and had lots of good discussions. Best of all, they’re getting support from folks ‘at the top’. Jeff Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education, was one of the people who made the session possible. He even took time from what is no doubt an overly busy schedule to attend and give people support and encouragement. Thanks to everyone for attending and to Linda Todd of DLD for recognizing the need, getting the ball rolling and setting up the sessions. And to Dave Fiske for all the tech support. With support from all levels of staff and administration, watch out, there won’t be any stopping them!

My day would have been complete with that. But there was more to follow. After the session I had some great discussions with colleagues about some exciting projects and received an unusual number of emails about other projects that are looking very interesting.

At that point, I needed some quiet time and took an indulgent trip downstairs to the NY State Museum. It was both fascinating and sobering. An exhibit on the historic archeology of Albany included an exhibit of several eerily lifelike faces reconstructed from burial remains of early Albany residents. (The remains have been respectfully buried.) Looking into those faces gave me shivers and reminded me why museums are magic. I almost always stop at the 9/11 exhibit before leaving the museum. Each time, some detail I haven’t noticed before stops me in my tracks. Today it was a small piece of a plane embedded in a steel column. A reminder to simply stop and remember.

Feeling very sobered, I wanted more quiet time with a cup of coffee and the paper. The young woman at the coffee shop delighted me by trying to decorate my coffee with a fancy design. Great customer service, that put a smile back on my face.

Arriving home, I found a package in the mail. A cousin had sent a thick packet of old family photos and some lovely things belonging to our grandmother. Another reminder to stop and remember. And to be grateful for family and surprises.

And finally, I had a phone message with some good medical news.

So, now that I’ve done a happy dance around my office (to a very funky version of “itsy bitsy spider” – don’t ask, just check it out at I’m heading to the gym to calm down a bit.

All in all, a most interesting and unusual day. One to savor.