I originally planned on posting my ALA books from last weekend, but I thought I'd do something a little different. Instead, I am posting the books that I donated to the Houston Public Library, aka "Friends Warehouse."
Carrying that to the car and into the center? Not so much fun. I think I bruised my bottom.
I'm not posting this because I want people to think "Oh Lena! You're such a good person!". No. If I wanted attention, I'd video tape myself dancing the funky chicken naked and post it on YouTube.
The reason I'm posting this is because there has been so much negative energy flying around the internet about ALA and bloggers. While I understand where everyone is coming from, I also think that instead of spending all that time being angry and arguing with each other, maybe everyone should spend it doing something good. I get it. Certain things piss me off, too. When I see someone wearing a brown belt and black shoes, I want to run up to them and scream "No! Fashion faux pas, much?!", then tweet about it and tag Joan Rivers in the process. The thing is, what does that solve? Nothing. What's done is done and while everyone is entitled to their own opinions, hurting someone else's feelings only creates another problem. There shouldn't be a librarians vs bloggers, bloggers vs bloggers, elephants vs bloggers war. We're all doing this because we love books and want to share that love with others, right?
There is so much hatred in the world, it's insane. Instead of adding to that, maybe we should all turn that negative energy into something good. Volunteer to help others, donate things to Goodwill or a shelter or donate books you know you won't read again to the library. So many people in the world are worse off than the rest of us that we forget how fortunate we are. I guess what I'm trying to say in my own hippy way is make peace, not war.
Love me or hate me for it, but that's how I feel.