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R. Matthias

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I started my library career working in the IT department of the Washington DC public library. Following that, I lived many years overseas, primarily in West Africa building IT infrastructure in The Republic of the Gambia, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau and Guinea Conakry. I have also worked in Ethiopia and Uganda on a telehealth project on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.

Currently, I work as an academic librarian working in Ontario's North.

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Book Recommendation: “Trials Elsewhere” by R. Matthias

"Steve Jobs once said, “The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” The author of today’s book recommendation is one of those people."
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“About a year after my arrival in the Gambia, I was sitting at a bar with a young, wide-eyed intern who stared at me while I told stories about how my friends and I ended up in a tribal court upcountry. When I finished, she paused for a breath and said, “Wow, I hope I have an adventure like that while I’m here.”
“Oh, that’s easy. Just do something stupid.” I guess that’s the essence of it: do something stupid. Don’t all adventures or at least interesting stories start that way? They sure don’t start due to the motive power of “good clean living.” Carrying the Ring into Mordor wasn’t calculated to increase Frodo’s “health and wellness.” Heroes of the stage and screen have higher causes — or at least coercion — forcing them to do asinine things: love, blackmail, God and country, whatever. There’s always some cause, some purpose or power that allows us, the viewers, to forgive the hero for making what’s really just a jackass move.
I had no lofty reason, no higher cause. My only defence for agreeing in three seconds to quit my job, strap myself to an airplane and hurtle myself across the Atlantic to a country I’d never heard of, for an organization I hardly knew of, comes down to the fact that I was tired and feeling a bit daffy.”
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Aldous Richards Hi Robin. I got your email message, but Goodreads wouldn't let me reply until we connected as friends.
Anyway, that's done.
I won't be the first, but I want to congratulate you on the publication of your book. It's now on my 'to read' list.
You might enjoy my novel, Kronos Duet. I'm also in the midst of writing two sequels, and a study of Dylan Thomas' poetry. I have hopes of getting an earlier study of Henry Miller published. Fingers crossed.
I'm very glad you connected, and that we are now Goodreads friends.

Best of fortune,
Aldous


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