june 16, 2019

“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” ~ Colin Powell     These gals joined me to give Marietta a grand send off last week. Ya know, sometimes we all get a little down at work for one reason or another, but when I see these gals -alone or together- they remind me that I work with some of the best folks Kentucky has. Just being in their presence makes me

june 13, 2019

“Believe in yourself even when no one else will.” ~ Sasquatch      The plan for this week was originally to attend a large meeting of IFLA officers in Den Haag The Netherlands. Last week I got notice that friend Marietta Watts would be retiring (for good this time – she’s tried twice before but got dragged back) this week, so I sent my regrets that I couldn’t attend. Well,

january 23, 2019

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” ~ A.A. Milne     Marie Dale’s birthday is July 4. We’re never at work for her birthday, so I’m lucky if I even remember to wish her happy birthday let alone do something for her. I’m absolutely terrible remembering important dates like that. So, tonight, I fixed that when

july 13, 2018

“You either get bitter or you get better. It’s that simple. You either take what’s been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down.The choice does not belong to fate. It belongs to you.” ~ Josh Shipp     I’ve had an excellent week capped off by a trip to Transylvania University’s Moosnick Museum and Special Collections. My

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,

may 12, 2018

“No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart.” ~ Unknown     These two folks right here – Robert and Marie Dale – are two of the best people I’ve ever met. I had a hard task today, and there’s no way I could have done it without them, physically and emotionally. We had reinforcements, thank God, else we’d really be hurting. Old friend, Anthony McCarty, and Diane

march 9, 2018

“You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you, and allowing that goodness to emerge.” ~ Eckhart Tolle     Way back in 2009 I attended the Humanity Academy (I talked about it in a 2013 post). Every couple of years our fearless leader, Marietta Watts (far left), brings us together for continued discussions. Today was just such an

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

june 13, 2017

“Who wouldn’t feel happy upon receiving a bonus at work, being rescued from a mountain cliff, or clean water to drink in a desert? The trick is cultivating gratitude for the things we take for granted, and even the people and circumstances that normally make us hopping mad.” ~ Unknown     Last week Marie and I got our latest service awards. UK gives out service awards for every five

february 23, 2017

“This week: Stop stressing over shitty people.” ~ Unknown     The lunch ladies had special treats today. Mama Heis (Elaine) was in town and wanted to have lunch with the lunch ladies. She drove by campus to pick up Crystal, Marie and I, and we met Stacy at Ramsey’s. We enjoyed a few laughs, lots of hugs, good talks, and we all walked out without having pie in solidarity with my