One day, 30 some odd years ago, when I was a mere teenager, I was crawling around under a bridge, looking for a good fishing spot, and I spied a dime in the sand.
Apparently, dropped out of someone's pocket, it sat there, lost. The dime was old, minted in 1910. I pocketed the dime, and then a few years later, took it to a coin dealer for his opinion. He looked at the coin, and told me that it had a value of ninety cents. Ninety cents – for a dime. I was surprised.
He started rummaging around in a little metal box on his desk. My assumption was that he was bored with looking at the coin and was digging in paperclips or something. No. He was counting out ninety cents for me to exchange for my dime. I got up to leave, thanked him and started for the door.
"Hey," he said, "here's your ninety cents."
"No," I said, "I'm keeping my dime."
"Why?" he asked. "What is your reason?"
"Because," I replied, "I can't bring myself to walk out of here without keeping the dime that is worth 90 cents. I wouldn't want to spend the next 50 years telling people that I had a dime that was worth 90 cents, and then all I had was 90 cents. I just cannot do it. So, I am keeping this dime."
And, now I've had this dime for 30 some years, and I still have it and my story.
The following are this month's top 10 reference links:
Provides an up-to-date, high quality source of news, features, and useful information for anyone in the book trade in Britain and beyond.
A collection of research guides, articles, information and downloads about various subjects from literary criticism to Television and Children, Biology to Margaret Atwood.
Caelin Day: Home Page of Australian Speculative Science Fiction Writer John Stevenson
A database of online books and bookstores, a directory of writers' resources and authors, as well as the home page of Australian Science Fiction Writer John Stevenson.
The Spider's Apprentice: A Helpful Guide to Search Engines, Top Page
A helpful guide to using search engines for research.
The world's first newspaper on the Internet.
Searchable and browsable database of quotations with author and subject indexes. Quotes from famous political leaders, authors, and literature. Literary, inspirational, and humorous quotations.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. – Writer Beware: Literary Agents
A list of warnings about agents and how you should and should not work with an agent.
zen.org Communal Weblog
The Zen Internet Group is a very small, covert group of highly technical people struggling to overcome the drudgery of day-to-day life and burrow down in the the world like a spoon into a banana split, splitting apart the atoms of closed-mindedness and tie-dyeing the very fabric of the universe, venting our frustrations at working on computers all day at work by coming home and working on a computer.
TAFT Library Media Center
TONS of reference resources. This is a full online library to online reference services. You really have to take a look to get a feel for what they offer. If you are doing research on a story, this is a good place to visit.
FACSNET – Better journalism through education
Background and article information resource site. The FACSNET Annotated Associated Press digest provides links, source, and other resources to assist in covering the day's news.
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