The Jesus Factor



Robert R. Livingston

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frontline: the jesus factor | PBS

Hmm…..This looks interesting. I’ve been listening to the Majority Report and they mentioned this program that is airing tonight.
I’m at work so I am not watching it. But I think I will catch the web stream on Saturday. I think the issue of Bush’s evangelical faith is an important one. I think that he needs to be careful to not mix his faith with the job that he has been given by (less than half) of the American public. Separation of church and state is an important doctrine and one that our Founding Fathers took care to write into our Constitution. Bush, I feel, sometimes allows his faith to overshadow his judgement.

For example, I think that it is frightening that during his press conference a couple of weeks ago he said something like, “freedom is given to us by the Almighty” etc. I just think that, while it is okay to have that belief, he needs to be careful about alienating Americans who don’t believe that Jesus is God. Or who don’t believe in the Almighty, for that matter. And, frankly, Freedom is something we have fought for and have worked for. But that is just my opinion.

Looking forward to watching this.



Yesterday Raffa and I drove up the coast to one of our favorite beaches. I don’t know the exact name of it, but I’ve always called it Whale Rock (that may be it’s offical name). It has this giganitic rock right off the beach that looks like a whale. Well, I was lucky enough to see several whales, surfacing and then spouting! I didn’t get a picture of it because all I had with me was my palm and the camera on it isn’t all that great. I did take the photo below with it, though. Not the greatest, but it is record of the gorgeous day we had yesterday!

Embattled Dreams: California in War and Peace

Books, Music, Art, Movies Books: Embattled Dreams: California in War and Peace, 1940-1950 (Americans and the California Dream)

I haven’t posted on my current read in a long, long time. Now’s as good a time as any. My problem with books is that I get too many going at one time. I have been reading this particular book since, I think, February. I get sidetracked too easily. I am also currently reading “Why people believe weird things” by Shermeer (which is also really good) and listening to (via audible and ipod) The Devil in the White City. More to come on those later.

On to Kevin Starr (California’s recently retired State Librarian). I had the honor to hear him speak a couple of months ago here at Santa Clara Universiy’s Orradre library. The thing about his talk that really struck me, having a background in literature, was that he felt that the lines between history and literature were very thin. I kind of have always felt the same way. It’s why I am really interested in history, and I love the individual stories that come out when you study history.

Which is why I love this book. Kevin Starr covers the forties in California by focusing in on individuals, or particular stories. The chapter I am reading now is about detectives and crime in L.A. during this time period. Reading it I get images of Sam Spade. I feel like I’m there. Another interesting chapter dealt with how Hollywood handled the World War Two, and how there were many movie stars that joined the military during the War because they felt the need to serve thier country. All in all, Starr really knows how to make history interesting. He is an excellent writer and I believe his background in literature really makes this book, and I’m sure the series, very enjoyable and very readable



I started my new job as Science Librarian April 1st and am loving it! I have lots to learn, though. But It’s all good. Since I started this job I joined some associations, SLA (sci-tech), CARL, and ACRL. I will be going to the SLA conference in Nashville in June…I feel I am embarking on a whole new chapter of my life.

Oh, and I got my first paycheck as a Librarian today. Boy, was I kind of dissappointed. Not much a an improvement over what I was getting before. Technically, I am getting paid more, but since I am on salary now and not getting paid hourly I will be getting the same amount bi-weekly. It’s so disappointing because I worked so hard in library school and to open my first paycheck and not have it be more than what my other paychecks have been as a library assistant was very dissappointing indeed. But, being an optimist, I have to look at it postively. Right now I am at the bottom rung of the librarian ladder, so it will improve in time. The good thing is that I love my new job and am very happy. I guess that’s most important.

note from the future (10.20.2011) hahahahahahahahahahahahaha! boy was I ever optimistic.