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Rusty’s Reading List 2016 | July 7, 2016


This book may look out of place compared to my usual fare, but it is also the answer to the question I have often gotten among the poetry crowd – what do you do for a living?

Nobody in poetry ever assumes that you can make a living doing poetry. There are those that do, but I am certainly not among them.

This book is ‘what I do’. I tell people I am a Business Process Modeler, and that is how my current path started, but what I REALLY do is try to figure out ways for the government to work in a better, more efficient manner. That is a big task, but not insurmountable.

I was given this book by Craig Szelestowski, who was (is?) my instructor on my Lean Green Belt Training. (And if you know what that is, or even what Business Process Modeling is, while also being a reader of this blog… congratulations. You are part of a very small minority.)

The government gets a bad rap, but the PEOPLE in government are nowhere near as bad as the reputation that proceeds them. Well, most of them, but there are bad apples in every bunch.

I haven’t always had the best attitude towards the gov. There was a time that I thought I was not being treated fairly here, which led to me having a bad attitude – which made ‘them’ right. That is long gone now. (As if I wouldn’t appreciate how good it is here after my current health issues have been taking full advantage of the perks that come with the job.) Now, I realize that the things that have frustrated me in the past are FIXABLE. Everything is FIXABLE.

This is what I am trying to bring to my time as Spoken Word Canada Slam Master too. But that is for another time.

Books Read in 2016

Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula

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