november 1, 2015

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“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

 

collage of happy
collage of happy

 

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 up afterward. Sixty people attended Friday’s reception. Sixty people took time out of their lives to come see my work. Some I’d never met before Friday. Some sneaked in and out without my seeing them though they were kind enough to leave their signature. Some drove nearly two hours to be there. Some took off work. Some were recovering from major surgery. Some couldn’t stay long, and others stayed the whole time. Someone pointed out how many segments of my life were assembled in that room: family, close friends, old friends, new friends, co-workers, writers, actors, artists, musicians, librarians, bankers, software developers, railroad men, professors, social workers, therapists, pathologists, nutritionists, the list goes on. They’re not all represented in this collage, but I couldn’t think of a better way to have a group hug in the outhouse. Sixty people. I may be speechless for a week I’m so overcome with gratitude.

september 5, 2013

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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

the best
the best

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, today Laura was the recipient of the Dean’s Award of Excellence (in the box she’s holding). No one deserved it more, and I’m not alone in that thinking. She was nominated by Jen Bartlett, herself a fantastic person. These women are a lot alike. They’re giving of spirit to friends, colleagues, and strangers, and they always go above the call of duty. I couldn’t be more proud to be their friend. Congratulations, Laura. You deserve the award and so much more.

july 23, 2013

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Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” ~ Rev. M.L. King, Jr.

boo boo
boo boo

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 a few procedures. He’s one of my all-time favorite people, so it’s always a pleasure to see him. Sharing a laugh with him first thing in the morning was just right.

talking to Grasshopper
talking to Grasshopper

This afternoon, I did an impromptu photo shoot for my good friend Laura Hall. The photo below wasn’t supposed to be part of the shoot (the point was the new microfilm readers), but Laura’s area was packed with researchers (a great thing), so I shot what I saw instead. Several of the patrons needed assistance. Laura was not only quick to lend a hand, but she was incredibly kind and patient with them. They responded in kind. Librarians are important, and good ones are appreciated immensely. It’s truly wonderful to see it. I feel so blessed to get to stay in their company. It is an honor.

help
help

july 19, 2013

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Forgiveness is the final form of love.” ~  Reinhold Niebuhr

the smart bunch
the smart bunch

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 I’ve ever met. Their memory capacity is immense, and they’re incredible teachers – most people don’t realize that. I could never be a reference librarian for all those reasons and then some. I am ever so thankful for their kindness and friendship during my stay with them. I’ve never felt more welcome.

[Top: Jen Bartlett; Center Right: Beth Fuchs, Carla Cantagallo, Tari Keller (who’s actually in the Library Technologies Division with me); Bottom Right: Debbie Sharp, Sarah Vaughn, Jo Staggs-Neal, Jen Bartlett, Judy Fugate, and the top of Laura Hall’s head; Bottom Left: Sarah Vaughn, who is a great quilter; Center Left: all those people plus Jan Coburn, Rob Aken and Peter Hesseldenz]

december 20, 2012

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Live your life and forget your age.” ~ Unknown

learnin
learnin

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 was gone like a flash. No matter. She’s touched every book, so part of her good spirit lingers here even if she’s not in the picture.

june 27, 2012

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Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” ~ Nora Ephron

ICU

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?

a call from ick

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!