March 19, 2017

Welcome to our new website and to the ISSDL blog! Lila Holt and Richard Durr are our webmasters, and they have done a great job. I was asked to write this first blog about why SDL is important to me, but (as always) I’ll end up talking about why it’s important to all of us. 

              I was always an eager learner, blessed with parents who asked questions in response to my questions, who had a “can-do” and “I can fix it” attitude when problems cropped up, and often stopped what they were doing to head for the bookshelves and the encyclopedias with me (our nearest local library in a rural setting in the pre-internet era). One of my fondest memories is of days when dinner was late because my mother and I were sitting on the living room floor with a dozen or more encyclopedias, National Geographics, and other books and magazines spread out around us, sharing the excitement of discovery.

              Although I was a dutiful st...

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