march 13, 2015

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“Don’t try to win over the haters. You are not the Jackass Whisperer.” ~ Mary Englebriet


hat's off to ya
hats off to ya

The hospital’s wireless signal is so slow, and the outhouse is so big, that the two couldn’t play together nicely causing me to miss making this post on time.

Friday the 13th saw myself and archival colleagues Deirdre Scaggs, Ruth Bryan, and Megan Mummy visiting Miles Hoskins at the Montgomery County Historical Society. It was raining cats and dogs, too, which made for a slow ride. Once there, however, a good time was had by all. Miles, as you’ve seen before in the outhouse, is quite the character. Today, his Marlboro Man looks came with longer hair, which just tickled me, and him, too, I think. It was the colleagues’ first time meeting Miles. They lived to tell the tale. I wish every county had someone as dedicated as Miles to the preservation of history. His enthusiasm is so refreshing. He makes the world a better place.

archive fun
archive fun

april 10, 2014

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Seek to do brave and lovely things which are left undone by the majority of people. Give gifts of love and peace to those whom others pass by.”  ~ Paramhansa Yogananda


Meet UK Provost Christine Riordan. We met taking this picture. Actually, we were never formally introduced, but I suspect she’ll remember me after today, or at least she’ll remember her visit. She was scheduled to come by Special Collections for a tour. Yesterday, we scurried about prettying up the place. Housekeeping buffed the marble floors while the rest of us dusted places that hadn’t been dusted in years. There was a feeling of excitement in the air, as if The Queen herself was coming. We were told to meet in the lobby this afternoon to greet Provost Riordan before the tour. Associate Dean, Deirdre Scaggs, made a very brief announcement, and then we were adjourned, but we didn’t really move. So, camera in hand (of course), I walked over to Provost Riordan and “snap.” Laughter.

Special Collections Oscar reply
Special Collections Oscar reply

I had seen provost Riordan speak once before today. I felt something familiar about her, not in appearance so much as her tone and the manner in which she carries herself. I had a feeling she would be okay with such a spontaneous moment. Plus, we needed a little something to break the ice. Not only was she okay with it, she upped the ante. Without missing a beat, she grabbed her phone and said something like, “If Ellen can do it….” It was a truly fabulous moment. Much laughter ensued.

one way to make a great day greater
to make a great day greater

How well my assertion played out depended solely on Provost Riordan’s reaction. It could have gone very badly. Instead, she was not only gracious about my invading her personal space, she was downright fun about it. The smartest people I know have the same ability as she to laugh, go with the flow, and be kind in unexpected situations. Thank you, Provost Riordan, for being cool, and sharing the peace and love with us. You made for a great day.

[Ellen selfie: Christine Riordan, Deirdre Scaggs, Marie Dale, Shell Dunn, Crystal Heis, Kopana Terry, Stacy Yelton, Ed Brown (with his head cut off), Michael Slone, Robert Holland, Judy Sackett, Gail Kennedy, Sarah Dorpinghaus, Megan Mummy, Justin Student, Lewis Warden, and the top of Jaime Burton’s head with lots of unidentified hands, probably Seth Newell and Jason Flahardy]

[Botton photo: Dean of Libraries Terry Birdwhistell being the first to find the tweet; Deirdre Scaggs and Megan Mummy also admiring the tweet]