august 7, 2019

“Compassion does not just happen. Pity does, but compassion is not pity. It’s not a feeling. Compassion is a viewpoint, a way of life, a perspective, a habit that becomes a discipline – and more than anything else, compassion is a choice we make that love is more important than comfort or convenience.” ~ Glennon Doyle Melton      My lunch mates made me laugh, before and after this picture. 

november 16, 2018

“Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, magical, person that you are.” ~ Mandy Hale     Friday is great because it’s Friday, but this Friday was extra great because I got to see lots of people I love, meet two new people I loved right away, and listened to some inspiring thoughts by Jad Abumrad, founder and co-host of the popular NPR program

september 21, 2018

“If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh     Greg met Judy. Judy met Greg. We ate. We laughed. The original plan was to go to a UK men’s soccer game after dinner, but none of us were keen on sitting in the rain. We opted for Graeter’s ice

july 12, 2018

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” ~ Pope John XXIII     Wonder Woman, Marietta Watts, convened Humanity Academy grads for lunch again today. We were a small but mighty crowd, but make no mistake,

june 24, 2018

“When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.” ~ Bernard Meltzer     Judy Sackett had seen Willie Nelson when he was a youthful 69. She enjoyed him back then, and loved the idea of seeing him again. So, off we went to the Outlaw Music Festival. Judy is a blast to travel with. She enjoys people. She enjoys food.

january 28, 2018

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ~ Albert Schweitzer     The January babies of SCRC (minus Matt Harris since he was transferred to Young Library last year) had dinner to celebrate our birthdays. We were joined by The Lunch Ladies

december 20, 2017

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi     Today was the library’s annual holiday luncheon. It’s never a lunch. It’s always a luncheon. I don’t know the difference, but the food at the Boone Faculty Center is fantastic. Every meal I’ve had there in the last two years has been good enough to make you wanna slap

september 21, 2017

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” ~ George Addair     Judy Sackett and I wrote an article in 2016 that was featured in the journal, Kentucky Libraries. Lo and behold, it was awarded Most Outstanding Feature Article, and today, we accepted our prize at the annual Kentucky Libraries Association (KLA) conference luncheon. Judy called it our “major award,” then asked to see the leg

september 7, 2017

“Our job is to love one another without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.” ~ Thomas Merton     You met Gabe Tomlin earlier this year as part of the Human Library. He dropped by my office with Judy Sackett. It’s always a joy to see Gabe. He’s one of the smartest, most creative people I know. He hugs me when he sees me, and what’s not

august 31, 2017

“Magic happens when you don’t give up, even though you want to. The Universe always falls in love with a stubborn heart.” ~ Unknown     Last Christmas Judy Sackett gave me an original Joe Molinaro mug. It was one of my all-time favorite gifts. If I haven’t told you about Joe, let me fix that. Joe is one of America’s best ceramicists. He recently retired from Eastern Kentucky University