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About meIn sixth grade I spent most of my allowance on books from the Scholastic Book Club. It was "Buy 4, Get 1 Free!" so I bought 40 books at about 50 cents a piece and got 10 free that year! I used to lug my current favorites to school with me in a corrugated box with handles that had held some Girl Scout cookies I'd sold. As I'm cataloging, I'm finding some of these with Dewey numbers stuck on the spines written in green Bic pen on adhesive tape.
The one and only time I went dumpster diving was after one of the neighborhood kids found a bunch of books in the big blue bin behind the carpet warehouse across the street. I got a really cool Hagaddah that way.
Then when I was living in the sticks during high school I discovered Dover books. I can still remember the thrill of getting a couple of dozen books from Dover delivered all at once to our rural route mailbox.
In 2006 I finished my masters degree in counseling and while I have an undergraduate degree in psychology, my previous occupations have been in bookselling and law library technical services on K Street. I work as a clinician for community corrections.
About my libraryI only catalogue books that I can see on the shelves and not e-books or recorded books (with the exception of language learning materials). I have also thrown some maps into the mix.
When it comes to fiction, I'm not too big on novels; I'm more likely to venture into poetry or short stories and kid's books.
Many of these volumes spent six years cooped up in two different storage units and most survived surprisingly well, I'm happy to report. A lot of the Christian books, travel books, the coolest maps, and many language books came from my stints in specialty bookselling, though I'd probably have nearly as many anyway.
I'm a language hobbyist, having only studied German formally, many moons ago. Now I am hoping to conquer Dutch, actually a much more difficult language to pronounce than Mandarin Chinese, if you ask me.
Though I am a committed Christian (bumbling & growing), I like to read about and understand other expressions of spiritual practice, particularly personal experiences with Zen.
If I could do it all over I'd probably study sociology. I like to understand American subcultures, and I try to do more than read about social justice.
I picked up most of the DID/MPD (and SRA) books when I was helping a friend with some related issues, although I retain an active interest in the treatment of trauma, child abuse and neglect, and dissociative disorders.
I'm also very interested in how people get involved in cults or closed organizations (or churches for that matter) which pivot around guru excess or controlling leadership. A related topic of interest is how people recognize and manage boundary issues, including power dynamics and transference.
GroupsAll Books Africa, Central Virginians, Genealogy@LT, Historic Peace Churches, I Survived the Great Vowel Shift, Maps and Atlases, Memoirs and autobiographies, PalmThing for LibraryThing, Photography, Progressive Criminal Justice —show all groups, Psychology, Zhongwen Ban 中文版
Favorite authorsRobert Farrar Capon, Sean Condon, Hermann Hesse, bell hooks, Jon Krakauer, Brian D. McLaren, Erwin Raphael McManus, A. A. Milne, Henri J. M. Nouwen, Chaim Potok, Mark Salzman, Upton Sinclair, Marsha Sinetar (Shared favorites)
Favorite bookstoresAthenaeum Boekhandel, Book People, Borders - Richmond, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, Logos Bookstore - Richmond
Favorite librariesChesterfield County Library - Central Branch, Henrico County Public Library - Dumbarton Area Library, Henrico County Public Library - Tuckahoe Area Branch, Richard Bland College Library, Virginia Commonwealth University, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences (VCU)
Other favoritesCafe Gutenberg, Deventer Boekenmarkt, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Museum, Shop, and Library)
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceMar 17, 2006