ibiblio links show up in the darnest places. This weekend in the Salem (Mass) Gazette and the associated site, Wicked Local. In an article, “Recalling Smith and Walker” author and preservationist John Goff points us to the Nathaniel Hawthorne story, set in Salem, “Grandfather’s Chair: A History for Youth” Yes the story is on ibiblio in the Eldritch (yes Eric Eldred’s Eldrich Press as in the Supreme Court case) site.

Jeffery Beam and Josh Hockensmith began what will be an irregular reading series in Chatham County at Josh’s house this Saturday. It’s always a pleasure to hear Jeffery, who began his presentation by singing a Neil Young song and then took us back into time to some of the first of his published poems some I heard almost 30 years ago. Josh’s poems were varied in style including his personal poetic movement Velocityism and poems as questions (influenced nicely by Pablo Neruda’s Book of Questions).

Sally explained Orange County’s 10 Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness at our church this morning. She of course emphasized the humanity of the project, but also presented evidence of considerable economic benefits resulting from the plan.

Met with the BlogTogether brain trust to talk about the possible follow ups to the Science Blogging Conference. The conference was much loved despite the light dust of snow in the afternoon. Yes we have other ideas in the cooker.

Local CEOs who blog
made the News and Observer today. Included in the sample entries are iContact’s Ryan Allis and CED’s Monica Doss. Monica has a great story of sharing the wonderful It’s Carrboro video with Richard Florida.

Florida’s reaction according to Doss: He was — to put it mildly — awestruck: “In a word it is amazing. It is exactly the message our communities need to send, not to just to each other but to the world.”