march 1, 2019

“One small positive thought can change your whole day.” ~ Zig Ziglar     On January 13, 1869, the Kentucky Press Association (KPA) held its first meeting. This year the KPA celebrates its 150th anniversary. More than two years ago, writer and KPA member John Nelson began his research into the long and storied history of the KPA, one of the nation’s oldest Press Associations. What started out as a

november 1, 2015

“The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.” ~ James Allen     I had a guest register available at the reception. I didn’t realize I’d forgotten it until I went to bed Friday night. I attended All Saints Day service this morning and picked it

september 5, 2013

“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson This may be the most genuine smile I’ve managed to coax out of Laura Hall to date. Really, that’s giving myself too much credit. You see,

july 23, 2013

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” ~ Rev. M.L. King, Jr. I sure had a wonderful day, which is more than I can say for this poor window, although it’s kind of a metaphor for my day: busting out into a bright sun shiny day/job/people/add-your-happy-thought-here. It started with Gordon Hogg, Director of Special Collections. He was getting everyone in my soon-to-be-new-building up to speed on

july 19, 2013

“Forgiveness is the final form of love.” ~  Reinhold Niebuhr As excited as I am about the new job, I’m going to really miss my colleagues in reference. This morning they had a breakfast pot luck, and was kind enough to invite me. I can’t sing their praises enough, as individuals and as a team. I admire and respect what they do. Reference librarians are some of the smartest people

december 20, 2012

“Live your life and forget your age.” ~ Unknown More than once I’ve passed Laura Hall in the stacks. There she’ll be, up to her elbows in books; moving, shifting, moving, shifting. I always stop for a chat, and an hour later, I make it back to my desk. Always I come away smarter, and my heart feels glad. That happened today. I went back with my camera, but she

june 27, 2012

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” ~ Nora Ephron Laura Hall makes me laugh. She’s smart, witty, well read, and one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. Here we see our heroine fielding a genealogist reference call. I’m told she’s prone to the position below until genealogy season ends. I wonder if it coincides with turkey season?

february 24, 2012

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