november 10, 2018

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“If we could look into each others hearts, and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care.” ~ Marvin J. Ashton 


not all drummers are men


I knew it was going to be a great night when I walked in to find colleague, friend, and fellow drummers Kathryn Lybarger and her husband, Jack Schmidt (bottom photo), preparing to perform as part of the drum line performing the part of the Borneo Drummers from Joni Mitchell’s Hejira (I think that’s what they said, I didn’t catch all the details). Well known Lexington drummers David Farris, Tripp Bratton, and Dave Hamon were also part of the line (below). But it was Kathryn that inspired me. Every time I see a photo of her playing drums, usually as part of the March Madness Marching Band, she’s all smiles just like the photo above. Drummers who smile while they play bring a little something extra to the song, a certain joy that otherwise remains hidden. Omar Hakim, Simon Phillips, and Carter Beaufort all smile when they play and their tracks always sound extra joyful. 


not all the drummers in Lexington, but close


I’m really proud of Kathryn for taking up drumming. She’s never afraid of trying new things, in fact she loves trying new things, and she’s really taken to drumming like a duck to water. She and Jack have been playing for several years now and I hope they continue. Drumming in good for the soul and so are smiling drummers.


coupla drummers

may 18, 2018

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“Please don’t judge people. You don’t know what it took someone to get out of bed, look and feel as presentable as possible, and face the day. You never truly know the daily struggles of others.” ~ Karen Salmansohn


birthday buddies


Today, Kathryn Lybarger and Crystal Heis received their 10 Year Service Awards. It’s not an exaggeration when I say it feels like they started yesterday. In those earliest months I would tell Crystal she “started at a weird time.” Now that she’s been there a while, she tells people she “started at a weird time.” And it’s true. A lot of things were in flux back then, but in a good way. We were growing in amazing ways, and our department had stepped to the national forefront in several areas. It was exciting to be part of that growth and that team, which included both Kathryn and Crystal. A lot has changed in ten years. The department we were in splintered. Crystal is the only one of us who has remained connected to what we were doing then. I transitioned from leading a national program to a job where very few people know what I actually do now, let alone what I did. Kathryn landed a faculty cataloguing position working with really stupendous colleagues. They’re very lucky to have her. It does my heart good to be with these gals and remember all the good we’ve done and all the good we’ve yet to do. Here’s to an even better 10 years to come.

september 18, 2017

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“Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult.
You may be given a cactus, but you don’t have to sit on it.”
~ Unknown


Vanna reveals the chicken (snapseed)


I had the good fortune to share dinner with colleagues. Kathryn Lybarger, my traveling companion to and from, here doing her best Vanna White, is one of the smartest, most compassionate people I’ve ever known. She’s an excellent teacher as well, and she has taught me many things over the years. She’s also hilarious. She has a great costume readied for Scarefest in a few weeks. I don’t want to give it away, so I’ll just say that she’s hilarious for thinking of it and I can’t wait to see it. Great food. Great company. Great friend. She made the long day bearable. 

march 1, 2013

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Let your dreams be bigger than your fears, your actions louder than your words,
and your faith stronger than your feelings.
” ~ Unknown

sittin' 'round (instagram)
sittin’ ’round (instagram)

I came home to a gift for the outhouse. Once again, Dan Kibler has passed on to the collection this fabulous treasure. It reads, ‘Hy-Klas Photo Service, August 13, 1936‘. I laughed out loud, partly because of the picture, but also because of the name Hy-Klas. Earlier, I was surrounded by many people at work whom I adore, who make me smile and laugh everyday, like crossword puzzle creator and ace metadata librarian, Kathryn Lybarger, below. She has created a crossword puzzle based on cataloguing terms. Call me a nerd, but I was excited about it. An old picture of a dude sitting in his outhouse and a crossword puzzle about cataloguing; how much better can the weekend start than this, I ask you?  It’s Hy-Klas, and I’ll be smiling into Sunday.

MARC your crosswords
MARC your crosswords

december 11, 2012

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We all need at least one friend who frequently goes against the grain.” ~ Dr. SunWolf

the lunch girls

These are the lunch girls, just expanded to include Stacy Yelton. These women – Crystal Heis, Marie Dale, Reinette Jones, Stacy Yelton, Jen Bartlett, and Kathryn Lybarger – share their positivity with most everyone they meet. They have proven that no amount of bad can overtake their good, most especially en masse. For Christmas, my wish is that the kindness and compassion they practice be returned to each of them tenfold, now and in coming years. They deserve it. I am the luckiest woman on the planet to have such trusted companions.

august 22, 2012

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Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.” ~ Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

not goodbye, just so long

People walk into your life when you need them. They walk out when they’re ready to move on. And some, well, some are always there no matter the years or the miles. Esta’s moving on to greener pastures in Colorado. My wish is that she be happy always, in work and in play, and that she never forget us little people who love her so.

saying goodbye

Top photo, L-R: Esta’s tongue, Esta and Mary Beth Thompson, Esta and Stephanie Aken, Daniel Naas et al.

Bottom photo, right down and left: Crystal “don’t ever take pictures of people while they’re eating” Heis, Kathryn “look pensive” Lybarger, Shawn “get that effin’ thing out of my face” Livingston, Marie “it’s that camera again” Dale, David “meeting him for the first time…with food in his mouth” Powell, Mary Beth “I’m getting used to seeing you now” Thompson.

in it for the food

february 24, 2012

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The days are long but, the years are short.” ~ Gretchen Rubin

a fun bunch

The best thing about being in my new office is the people. Top, left to right; Kathryn Lybarger, Daniel Naas, Bob Crovo, Jen Bartlett, Kate Seago, Kathryn Lybarger (again), Jen Bartlett (again), Laura Hall, Jeff “Podge” Rion, Peter Hesseldenz, and Miranda Hines (center). With the exception of Kate, I’ve had close, wonderful interactions with each of them over the last 11 years. It was my lucky day. I saw them all!

january 25, 2012

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Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money ~ Cree Proverb

the most excellent chef

This is Mamadou Savané. He’s from Kindia, Guinea in West Africa. His wife was in the Peace Corps there, and that’s where they met. He came back to the states with her and was soon cooking for friends and family. Apparently, they encouraged him to open a restaurant. So, he did. It’s called Sav’s Grill and West African Cuisine. He serves some of the most delicious food I’ve ever eaten. He has filled the small space with beautiful paintings and artwork of Africa; the decor as colorful as the African landscape. As a bonus, Sav is one of the nicest people you will ever met. His smile is infectious. His kindness a cut above the rest.

Go. Try his food when you’re in Lexington. I promise that you’ll be pleasantly surprised. I recommend the peanut chicken over fufu. It’s good enough to make ya wanna slap yer granny.

Crystal turned me on to Sav’s so, it’s only fitting that we often eat there together. Today, as we dined with our friend, Kathryn Lybarger, I caught her doing this. It was a double-the-fun kinda day for me!!!

I saw the light