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About barbaraj60

I've been a librarian for three decades and change, specializing in history, genealogy and consumer-health information, education and advocacy, with a passion for music and for languages and literature, especially French. It's now July 2015 and in about two and a half months I'll be retiring from a public-service library job in social sciences, history and genealogy, by which time I'll be taking some courses (online) through the Medical Library Association to earn a second three-year renewal of my Consumer Health Information Specialist certificate; I also plan to start taking a 15-week online course through Boston University, leading to a genealogy certificate. It's not the CG but it should help me prepare for that quite well. So...my plan is to start a research and information consulting business, working with individuals and companies, especially nonprofit organizations, focusing on bringing individuals and groups to history and genealogy--and vice versa--and the same in the case of knowledge and its positive outcomes in such fields of medicine as mental health and mental illness, thyroid (and parathyroid) diseases especially thyroid cancer, lymphedema, and eye, joint and connective-tissue diseases. Why all these? Because I know them intimately and first-hand, and I am well aware of the power of knowledge to help us live as well and as long as we can, while helping others to do the same! I'd also love to go back to school and get my Ph.D....but that's another story for another day. Meanwhile, first things first: a lot of writing, a lot of one-on-one and small-group teaching, and sharing and transmitting my sense of the vital importance of information and education to any society that hopes to merit the adjective "free"!

I hate depression

This is my fourth go-around with it, and it started with a major medication switch.  Now I’m on a combination of Latuda, clonazepam and bupropion, aka Wellbutrin.  That’s been three weeks and a couple  of days.  Waiting for the last-named … Continue reading

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July 26, 2015

I’m close to retirement and have decided to turn my full-time-business-plan into a part-time one.  For starters, my arthritic left knee demands babying, so I do exercises and therapy and can’t walk as much as I like.  Second, I’m about … Continue reading

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SCCOP 2015 Annual Meeting AND Annual Faculty Speaker Event ALL-IN-ONE!!

Originally posted on The Smith College Club of Philadelphia:
Don’t forget to RSVP by April 15th for the Annual Smith College Club of Philadelphia Meeting! This year, the meeting is followed by our Annual Faculty Speaker Event with Dr. Frazer…

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There but for the grace of God…

A little while ago, while it was still 11 August in Philadelphia, I learned that Robin Williams had died.  Found in his home, the report said, unconscious and not breathing.  Likely cause of death: suicide, asphyxsia.  Age:63. Any good person’s … Continue reading

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That second amendment

I recently heard (no, I don’t remember which scholar said it, nor on which PBS program, but I will check) that the second amendment to our Constitution’s Bill of Rights, the one about keeping and bearing arms, was heavily inspired … Continue reading

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Thoughts on discrimination

A few words on discrimination, in the sense of the legitimized separation of one population group (or a member or members of that group) from others, based on the view that the former is inferior to the latter and therefore … Continue reading

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Those high cheekbones

I’ve gotten a message from someone else who’s had a Family Tree DNA test.  He’s a distant cousin of mine, it seems, and among his ancestors are people from an ethnic group called Lumbee.  I wondered…African?  No.  Native American, from … Continue reading

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