Archives for July 7, 2019
The Friends Of The Oliver Library are pleased to announce that our 21st Annual Summer Book Sale was a great success, raising over $ 1,953.40 in funds that will help support the Children’s Summer Reading Program, as well as other local library initiatives.
“The public library is where place and possibility meet.” – Stuart Dybek
We would like to thank the Community of Oliver for their outpouring of donations for our sale and for helping us to enhance the learning opportunities of some of our youngest citizens. We would also like to acknowledge the following organizations and businesses for their ongoing support: Oliver Fairview Self Storage, The Oliver Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, Buy-Low Foods, No Frills Oliver, The Oliver Community Arts Council, Oliver Daily News, The Oliver Chronicle, The Oliver Loop, The Canadian Diabetes Assoc. “Clothesline,” who pick up our leftover donations at the end of the sale, the amazing staff at the Oliver Library and to our faithful volunteers who sort, transport and sell our books.
Many thanks from your Friends Of The Oliver Library!
Dung Beetles over Politicians
Dung beetles are ubiquitous. In part, because man has intentionally spread their species in order to take advantage of the benefits of their presence – although the arguments pro and con continue in New Zealand. Most dung beetles gather dung, roll it into balls, and remove it from the point of origin to some more desirable place. In doing so, they have effect upon the ecosystem – usually beneficial, sometimes consequential. Dung beetles have been classified as rollers, tunnelers, and dwellers. That is, they create round balls of dung from which to feed and within which to breed, or they bury dung where they find it, or they simply burrow into the dung and live there.
Politicians are ubiquitous. In part, because man has imagined benefit from collective action and therefore has created a need for collective governance – although anarchists might argue. Politicians gather dung, ball it up, and sometimes move it from place of origin to new frontier. In doing so, they have significant effect upon society – with unpredictable results fraught with unintended consequences. Politicians can be classified as rollers, tunnelers, and dwellers. That is, they create a ball of dung upon which they feed and within which they breed, or they bury their dung where they find it and return frequently to that site for sustenance, or they simply burrow into their dung where they find it and live there without further reference to the outside world.
They seem to differ in their collectivism. Dung beetles are selfish – my life, my dung, my benefit, get your own. Politicians are selfless – I share my dung to enhance your life, for your benefit, let’s work together my way. But both have been known to steal the dung of a rival motivated by these incongruous selfish and selfless ideals.
Dung beetles are described as having created something out of nothing. Politicians are more likely to create nothing out of something.
Dung beetles navigate by reference to the Milky Way – the only known insects to do so. Politicians dwell within communities that have never seen natural light and so must create their own – they call it vision.
Dung beetles provide great benefit to the natural environment. Politicians are more likely to exploit the natural environment.
Dung beetles are important contributors to the survival of mankind. Politicians are not.
Pardon my cynicism.
The National Park Reserve Memorandum that was signed this week brought me to this point where I would rather befriend a dung beetle than a politician.
Suffrage is a burden, but I am still looking.
The Oliver Ripoff Artists completed at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday their 2019 week-long challenge of ripping off Andy Warhol’s “Marilyn Monroe” in a medium of their own choosing–paint, encaustic, 3D, fibre, photography–or whatever! Oliver can be very proud of its multitalented artists.
Their work will again be on display at the annual Oliver Art Show and Sales on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6.
Standing – top left to right: Leo Pedersen, Tara Hovanes, Enid Baker and Russell Work
Seated – bottom left to right: Terry Irvine, JoAnn Turner, Marion Trimble, Jan Kreut, Kurt Hutterli – and Norberto Rodriguez sitting on concrete