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JOAN McNERNEY : The Librarian
JOAN McNERNEY : Pharmacist

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JOAN McNERNEY
The Librarian

Always cherished the sanctity of this place. This refuge of knowledge arranged in infallible logic of the Dewey Decimal system. Brian loved to touch these volumes. Especially heavy reference dictionaries, atlases, almanacs and encyclopedias. Those sheltered in secluded shelves for staff only. Children come along each day to feast on colorful books. Lounging in small chairs they became spellbound by cornucopias of words. Mostly he likes the retirees who linger with newspapers and magazines in the reading corner. They confess not to understand computers, writing down requested titles. At the end of evening, Brian walks through the quiet. Before leaving, he will select a saga of spicy adventure to flavor his evening.

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JOAN McNERNEY
Pharmacist

She thought of herself as a modern alchemist. Fluent in an arcane language about the composition of so many minute capsules. The rest of the store could be in a gas station or bargain store. Filled with candies, lip sticks, other frivolous items. If you simply had a cough, syrup could be found on aisle three. Her area was sacred to patients, those with serious ailments. Filling prescriptions navigating insurance companies, seeking authorizations. Always aware of side effects, multiple drug reactions, possible allergic problems. Austere yet approachable, she dispensed heroic potions from her prized domain as chemical priestess.

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