august 21, 2017

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“Simply knowing that God loves all people is not enough – it is the first step in allowing deeds of compassion, mercy and justice to flow from our hands.” ~ Rev. Katherine Redmond

 

blinded by the light

 

I stepped outside the office to view the eclipse and ran into lots of people I know like Catherine Brereton (above) and Deirdre Scaggs and Reinette Jones (below). The first time I saw the sun through the eclipse glasses (thanks to Stacy Yelton) it was totally amazing. I mean totally amazing. With the naked eye, and with my phone’s camera (carefully shielded by the eclipse glasses), there’s still a lot of light even at 95% totality. So, the glasses were a crucial part of the experience. It didn’t get nearly as dark as I expected, and the temp also didn’t fall as much as I thought it would. But none of that matters because watching the moon blot out the sun was seriously incredible. I feel like this was my warm up for the next eclipse due in 2024 north of here. I am so taking the day off (or I’ll be retired by then), getting an eclipse filter for the camera, and taking a road trip to the path of totality. What a glorious experience to watch the heavens work.

 

she sang total eclipse of the heart

 

ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone (snapseed)

 

dancin’ in the dark

 

dark side of the moon

 

april 10, 2014

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Seek to do brave and lovely things which are left undone by the majority of people. Give gifts of love and peace to those whom others pass by.”  ~ Paramhansa Yogananda

surprise!
surprise!

Meet UK Provost Christine Riordan. We met taking this picture. Actually, we were never formally introduced, but I suspect she’ll remember me after today, or at least she’ll remember her visit. She was scheduled to come by Special Collections for a tour. Yesterday, we scurried about prettying up the place. Housekeeping buffed the marble floors while the rest of us dusted places that hadn’t been dusted in years. There was a feeling of excitement in the air, as if The Queen herself was coming. We were told to meet in the lobby this afternoon to greet Provost Riordan before the tour. Associate Dean, Deirdre Scaggs, made a very brief announcement, and then we were adjourned, but we didn’t really move. So, camera in hand (of course), I walked over to Provost Riordan and “snap.” Laughter.

Special Collections Oscar reply
Special Collections Oscar reply

I had seen provost Riordan speak once before today. I felt something familiar about her, not in appearance so much as her tone and the manner in which she carries herself. I had a feeling she would be okay with such a spontaneous moment. Plus, we needed a little something to break the ice. Not only was she okay with it, she upped the ante. Without missing a beat, she grabbed her phone and said something like, “If Ellen can do it….” It was a truly fabulous moment. Much laughter ensued.

one way to make a great day greater
to make a great day greater

How well my assertion played out depended solely on Provost Riordan’s reaction. It could have gone very badly. Instead, she was not only gracious about my invading her personal space, she was downright fun about it. The smartest people I know have the same ability as she to laugh, go with the flow, and be kind in unexpected situations. Thank you, Provost Riordan, for being cool, and sharing the peace and love with us. You made for a great day.

[Ellen selfie: Christine Riordan, Deirdre Scaggs, Marie Dale, Shell Dunn, Crystal Heis, Kopana Terry, Stacy Yelton, Ed Brown (with his head cut off), Michael Slone, Robert Holland, Judy Sackett, Gail Kennedy, Sarah Dorpinghaus, Megan Mummy, Justin Student, Lewis Warden, and the top of Jaime Burton’s head with lots of unidentified hands, probably Seth Newell and Jason Flahardy]

[Botton photo: Dean of Libraries Terry Birdwhistell being the first to find the tweet; Deirdre Scaggs and Megan Mummy also admiring the tweet]

october 31, 2013

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Everything passes, nothing remains. Understand this, loosen your grip and find serenity.
~ Lama Surya Das

winner (camera+)
winner (camera+)

It was a day filled with fun and frivolity. Creative costumes at every turn. Usually it’s hard to say who has the best costume, but this year my vote goes to Jason Flahardy. Hands down he did ‘grumpy cat’ better than any expensive costume and hi-tech make-up job ever could.

morning
morning

This morning the employee committee (they have a better name, but I don’t remember it) visited every branch library to deliver treats. No trick.

afternoon
afternoon

Allergy nurse Bobbi Jo Russell, right, and (I don’t remember her name), not only dressed up in witchy attire, but the shot room was set in mood lighting!

evening
evening

Riley’s second Halloween, this year he was a little doggie, was celebrated with a bumble bee at Winchell’s. I love Halloween!