november 16, 2018

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“Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, magical, person that you are.” ~ Mandy Hale


duck face photo bomb (snapseed)


Friday is great because it’s Friday, but this Friday was extra great because I got to see lots of people I love, meet two new people I loved right away, and listened to some inspiring thoughts by Jad Abumrad, founder and co-host of the popular NPR program RadioLab. I had a wonderful lunch with Gail Kennedy who introduced me to an absolutely delightful Kevin Dearinger, actor, writer, and all ’round awesome dude. I was so enthralled with our conversation that I didn’t think to snap a pic. If the day had ended there it would have been a great day, but that was just the first course.


family ties (snapseed)


Crystal, Judy, and I made our way to the Jad lecture when Ruth and her friend Chuck sat down behind us. We were having a great time socializing before the lecture when suddenly Josh James sat down in front of me. The NPR station where he is a reporter moved to an off-campus location so I don’t get to see him as much as I used to and it was a real treat to spend a little time with him. As a bonus, he introduced me to his mom! Like Josh, she’s totally adorbs. We had a great conversation about everything from rotten politics to Uber. I met two new awesome people today and I got to hang out with even more awesome people throughout my day. I must be living right.


the gang (snapseed)

november 15, 2018

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“Be the things you loved most about the people who are gone.” ~ Unknown


what used to be here


University Archivist and friend extraordinaire Ruth Bryan put together a demo table for Curiosity Matters. Most of the stuff was paper-based like photos, maps, letters, that sort of thing, but she also brought along the old bell from Memorial Coliseum. It was the bell they used during the basketball games. For those who aren’t familiar, Memorial was the gym for the UK Wildcats Men’s basketball team before Rupp Arena existed. Lots of famous players have run her court. When the bell was donated, Ruth did an oral history with the donor, M. Ward Crowe, because he had come by the bell in a round about way and he had plenty of stories about watching games where it was used. That’s Ruth: always connecting the dots and doing right by the University.

january 28, 2018

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“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


a cake wedge


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 since we never celebrate their birthdays, especially poor Marie whose birthday falls in the 4th of July. We’re never at work on her birthday. So, this year, we decided to celebrate all our birthdays now. We enjoyed a fabulous meal, and afterward, we shared this hunk of chocolate cake. As you can see, it was huge. Even still, the photo doesn’t do it justice. It was nearly half a cake, and with the five of us each taking a generous slice from it, we still had leftovers. I think we may have started a new tradition, and I, for one, am very pleased by it.


January babies

december 20, 2017

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“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi


Lunch fronds (Snapseed)


Today was the library’s annual holiday luncheon. It’s never a lunch. It’s always a luncheon. I don’t know the difference, but the food at the Boone Faculty Center is fantastic. Every meal I’ve had there in the last two years has been good enough to make you wanna slap your granny. Add in your favorite coworkers and you’ll wanna slap your papaw, too. Happy Feasting one and all.

december 17, 2017

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“Get out of your head and get into your heart. Think less, feel more.” ~ Osho




This is Ruth’s dad, Bill (left). I had the pleasure of meeting Bill some years ago at one of Stacy’s NYE parties. He’s a kind man of quiet intelligence and gentle smile. At Ruth’s tea yesterday, Bill made friends with this lovely gentleman, whose name I don’t recall (because I can’t remember anyone’s name – ever). They talked for a very long time. For me, there’s something touching about two elders trading stories. We should all be so lucky to age with a friend.


friends II

december 16, 2017

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“One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” ~ Unknown




Today was Ruth’s annual Christmas soirée; tea a la Emily Post. Each year the cast changes slightly, including the pets, but the core library crowd is consistently present, and always the day ends with Christmas carols. I’m always pleased to be in their company. A good time was had by all.


fa ra ra ra ra

june 30, 2017

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“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” ~ Wayne Dyer


not goodbye, just so long


Two long-time colleagues retired this week. Gail Kennedy, pictured here with Ruth Bryan, was one of them. I’ve worked closely with Gail in these later years, and I’ve gotten to know her rather well through our shared love of art. I will miss her kindness in the hallway, her smile in the lobby, her sharing of knowledge and passion for learning. She left us each personalized cards in our mailboxes filled with words of kindness in keeping with her spirit. Gail will be back from time to time, and I look forward to seeing her on the job and anywhere I run into her. Thank you, Gail, for sharing yourself with us all for so long. I hope we returned the favor.

june 9, 2017

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“If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.” ~ Carlos Santana


old guard


Ruth and I sometimes walk together to the parking garage at day’s end. Today, we neared Limestone Street when she began to tell me about the two large columns on either side of the university drive at Limestone. Just this morning I’d wondered about these columns. Construction is rebuilding one sidewalk, taking out the shrubbery, making one column obvious to see. Coincidentally, Ruth, university archivist, had gotten a reference request today about the column’s origins. The earliest evidence of the their existence is 1906. The columns marked the main entrance to campus. They were flanked by the classic Kentucky white paddock fencing, which is about five feet tall. Each column anchored an iron gate only slightly taller than the fence. The columns weren’t much taller. By 1920, however, the gate and fencing were gone, and the columns were the height they are today. You can see a square iron stud still in the stone where the gates used to be. It is, as yet, unclear why the gates were dismantled; why the column height was raised; or why they remained erect after the main entrance was moved elsewhere on campus. What is clear, however, is that Ruth has a cool job. Who wouldn’t enjoy finding these hidden answers?


both sides now

june 2, 2017

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“Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.” 
~ Satchel Paige


punk puppy (snapseed)


Wally and I had an impromptu visit from Aunt Ruth Bryan this evening. As Wally sported his best punk mohawk, there was much talk of ticks. They seem quite prolific this year and unusually hungry. Wally had two ticks this week, both firmly embedded in his delicate skin. The problem, besides that the ticks were already established, is that Wally regularly gets Revolution, an oil application that’s supposed to defend against fleas, ticks, and heartworms. I supposed two out of three ain’t bad. 

january 4, 2017

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“Growth is painful. Change is painful.
But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.”
~ Unknown




Special Collections has been filled with January Capricorns as long as I’ve been there. The majority of us are still around, too. Here, we’re lined up in the order of our birth day (youngest to oldest as luck would have it) starting with Ruth Bryan (Jan 3), Matt Harris (Jan 4), moi (Jan 8), and Judy Sackett (Jan 9). Matt and I were born the same year. Unlike me with a dog and two cats, he has five real children. He’s holding his birthday card that I thought was going to be cool for his kids (although he had to ask who left it in his mailbox because he couldn’t read my signature). It wasn’t going to be quite as fun as I thought. After a meeting this afternoon, we decided to take pictures with the cute mustache on a stick only to find it didn’t actually come out of the card. I think they used cement to be honest. So, we were forced to pose with the whole card instead of funny individual shots with the mustache. Still, Ruth provided plenty of funny faces. It was good fun, and I hope it made Matt’s birthday a little brighter. It sure made my day bright.


making do without the mustache
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