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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Get to Know Me, An Unconventional Librarian #atozchallenge

You're probably wondering what a librarian has to do with the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, right? It's simple; librarians like information and the Blogging Challenge is a giant repository of information! One thing you learn in library school is that information wants to be free, which I thoroughly agree with.  Blog hopping is full of free resources that help enrich my life. I'm a student of life and am always wanting to learn something from someone, ANYWHERE.

And speaking of learning, can I tell ya a bit about myself? A very long time ago in a galaxy far far away, I earned a BS in English writing, technical writing to be exact. Don't know what that is? Sure you do, read the how-to manual of any gadget you buy.  A technical writer wrote that.  I took that degree and quickly moved to Texas from PA to work for the US government. While in Texas

  • I learned how to shoot a gun
  • I drove a flight simulator
  • I fingerprinted people
  • I worked on a NASA project that invented voice activated technology
  • Met an astronaut 
  • Worked with a governor
  • Got stopped at the Texas/Mexico border
  • Became a mother 
  • Learned to drive

What have I learned from all of these experiences? I've learned that life is too short not to try everything at least once and that Texas really is a whole 'nother country. Once back up North with my Yankee family, I:

  • Became a certified teacher
  • Became a certified librarian
  • Learned Czech
  • Traveled to Prague
  • Taught preschool
  • Wear a tiara to work
  • Sang in French at a French monastery
  • Read over 100 books last year
Have you learned enough about me yet? My love of learning keeps me motivated every day. That's why I love blogging and the A to Z Challenge; it's like Texas, it's a whole 'nother country blog hop! 

What do you love about the A to Z Challenge?


Anonymous said...

What I love about the A to Z Challenge is the togetherness between those taking part. To me it's like a carnival of words and photo's.
Who'd had thought a simple idea by Arlee Bird in 2010 would still be going strong to this day,

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You've had quite an adventurous life! I've done some technical writing as well. So different from fiction.

JoJo said...

Wow! You've had a lot of cool experiences! My bff did technical writing too. But I confess, I rarely ever read the manuals first. Only when something goes wrong, and then of course that is never addressed in the manuals! lol

Unknown said...

I loved this post! I am a NYC gal myself and lived in TX for 5 years studying opera (I was an opera singer in a past life). Texas really is a whole 'notha planet with great biscuits and sausage gravy.

My very good friend is a Librarian and I sent this to her. Her response "YUP!" So I know I am in great company with you as one of the co-hosts. I had another friend who asked me to help her understand what technical writing was for a communications job she's trying to land. Sent this post her way too. BOOM! You're on fire. What do I love about the #AtoZchallenge ?

1. Diversity of people, content, locations,
2. Community, from the G+ page, FB page and the twitter chats - awesome sauce
3. Posts like these where I can share with other friends who aren't signed up, in a very overt attempt to get them to.

I hope, next year to take the plunge and be a minion. I was a little nervous about it being my first year and going full throttle.


Filling my Prayer Closet

Arlee Bird said...

What I like about A to Z is having great co-hosts like yourself on board. Thanks for everything you've added to the Challenge!

Wrote By Rote
An A to Z Co-host blog

Guilie Castillo said...

Brilliant post, Pam. And--wow, you've been around! You're right, life's too short not to jump in with both feet. So cool to find out a bit more about you :)

What I love about A-to-Z... Wow. That'd be a separate post all by itself :D KISS-ing it, though, it boils down to finding awesome blogs, and awesome people. Yep, that enriches my life. Everyone can be our teacher; it's just a matter of opening eyes and ears.

And again: great post.
Guilie @ Life In Dogs

Tina said...

Well PPLC, now I know even more! Loved this post. You certainly have earned the title of "unconventional". My favorite thing about The Challenge? Meeting new people, and working with really fun and talented folks like you ;-) I also enjoy mentoring the newbies.
Tina @ Life is Good
A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

Anonymous said...

Great to get to know you better, Pam :) Yes, life is short. Glad you're enjoying it, and learning a lot along the way! I love the energy of the A - Z Challenge, plus you never quite know what to expect - keeps me on my toes here in Blog Land.

Rob Z Tobor said...

That is a lot of stuff happening one way and another. But it is good to do stuff . . . . . I think?

Rob Z Tobor

Jarm Del Boccio said...

What an exciting life, Pam! Thanks for sharing. I am of Czech/Slovak heritage. . . are you, too?

Silvia Writes said...

Hi Pam. I traveled to Prague many years ago, and loved the place. I'm from Romania, just a little to the south east. And who doesn't love a librarian? Thank for sharing with us. You made it a very interesting post to read.
Silvia @

Ananya said...

Hey Pam..its nice to know that you have done so much am a newbie blogger...I just found the atoz challenge full of excitement and positive energy so joined in... no clue how am gonna blog one post a day....

Wanagiyata said...

Cool list of accomplishments, life is meant to be an adventure and sounds like yours has been.....I also learnt to shoot a gun, good huh?

Anonymous said...

it's amazing, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

who knew that tech writing would go the way of VHS ?

Anonymous said...

i know. why is that?

Anonymous said...

You had me at gravy. and yassssss to diversity. it makes the challenge so much more fun. hit me up if you wanna be a part time helper this year. we'll ease you into it. like pantyhose. Thanks for the love.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

kissing's pretty cool too. the challenge is pretty awesome isnt it?

Anonymous said...

your willingness to teach makes you the perfect noob teacher.

Anonymous said...

i agree. every day is an adventure.

Anonymous said...

beats the alternative.?

Anonymous said...

Jak se mate! No i'm not Czech. but I stayed there for 6 weeks; in and around Prague, Hluboka, and many little villages between there and the Austrian border.

Anonymous said...

Ive never been to Romania. Must put that on my list!

Anonymous said...

Hi! Do pop in for one of the #AZchats on Thursdays 1pm or 8pm and follow this blog. We'll help you get it done easy peasy!

Anonymous said...

add it to your accomplishment list...

loverofwords said...

What do I love about the challenge? Connecting with people all over the world!

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed getting to know you. My very first, and very favorite, job was in our small town library. I wanted to be a librarian for my career, but didn't think I could live on the meager salary. You've proven librarians can make it in the world (albeit with a somewhat unconventional career!) Singing French in a French monastery sounds marveilleux (is that the correct spelling??

Julie Flanders said...

It's great to meet you, Pam! I'm a librarian too but haven't had nearly as many adventures as you've had. What a fun post.

CA Heaven said...

I always liked librarians. When I was a kid, the librarian in the local public library was my good friend. She got hold of all the weird books I asked for >:)

Cold As Heaven

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Pam - I think I missed my calling .. and I probably should have followed your call .. I love finding things out - I am just curious .. and am constantly checking things out .. and I love the interaction from old friends and new ones who come to the fore each year ...

Enjoy this year's challenge - I know I will .. better get my drafting hat on! Cheers and I'm part of Tina's team ... the Viking Chick! happy week - Hilary