may 20, 2016

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“I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.” ~ Maya Angelou

 

cha cha cha
cha cha cha

 

A very pregnant Stacie Williams swears she’s not having twins. Perhaps not, but Ceci made the most of her profile which tickled Ruth. All of them tickle me.

may 19, 2016

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“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

 

photo by the awesome Peter Hesseldenz
photo by the awesome Peter Hesseldenz

 

Cecilia “Ceci” Virtue, whom you met last week during the Library gala, gave a presentation today on her experience as a Career Enhancement Program (CEP) Fellow at UK Libraries. Judy Sackett, who has lead the CEP program at UK since 2009, asked me to bring my camera. As we were doing some group photos I handed Peter Hesseldenz the camera and took my place beside Judy. All of the women in this photo worked with Ceci during her fellowship, and I think I can speak for all of us when I say she is a real breath of fresh air. She’s really smart, funny, and she’s always in a good mood even when her allergies are misbehaving. Someone in another group photo, I’m not sure who, sounded a bit disparaged at the possibility they’d end up in the outhouse. So, instead, I put a picture of myself in the outhouse. I also happen to be with four of my favorite people, one of whom could have been the critic for all I know. In any case, I’m proud to be part of their world, and I’m honored to have them part of mine. I hope they don’t mind that I share my joy of them with Netizens, as my friend Jimmy Duckworth calls readers of the internet. I love how fun we look in this picture. It makes me happy.

may 15, 2016

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“If you don’t become the ocean, you’ll be seasick every day.” ~ Leonard Cohen

 

dad (to be)
dad (to be)

 

Today concludes the last of the Library Spring Gala photos. You met Mark Cornelison back in 2014. He was the official photog at the gala, and boy did we all have a good time telling him congratulations. Not, because he was the photog, but because he’s going to be a dad very soon! I’m very excited for him. He’s great guy and he’ll be a great dad. The gala was fun, the people spectacular, and I am a lucky woman to know them all.

 

the gala people
the gala people

may 10, 2016

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“Failure is a necessary part of success. [It] helps to break down the obstacles that perfectionism and self-doubt can create.” ~ Jon Wadswoth

 

award
award
 

Tonight I received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Performance at the annual Library Gala. They were prepared to bring it to me in my seat, but I insisted I walk up to get it. The limp was a little abnormal, but otherwise, it was all good. The Dean was very gracious to me, and I had the chance to share the event with many people I love and admire. You’ll see pictures of many of them as the week moves along, but for tonight I thought I’d present just one of the highlights of the evening (in addition to the super awesome award). Jaime Burton was sweet enough to photograph a toast I made to boss Doug Boyd (who nominated me for the award), Danielle Gabbard (without whose help I would have never been able to achieve everything that got me the award), and our most awesome CEP Fellow Cecilia Virtue who’s getting married soon in Iceland (how cool – ha ha  – is that?). It was the traditional Angie Bliss-Fanning Oklahoma toast; a salute that can only be presented to people you trust, reserved for those whom you would call friends. These three – and Jaime – definitely qualify. A good time was had by all.

 

the toast
the toast

 

the result
the result