may 15, 2016

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“If you don’t become the ocean, you’ll be seasick every day.” ~ Leonard Cohen

 

dad (to be)
dad (to be)

 

Today concludes the last of the Library Spring Gala photos. You met Mark Cornelison back in 2014. He was the official photog at the gala, and boy did we all have a good time telling him congratulations. Not, because he was the photog, but because he’s going to be a dad very soon! I’m very excited for him. He’s great guy and he’ll be a great dad. The gala was fun, the people spectacular, and I am a lucky woman to know them all.

 

the gala people
the gala people

may 11, 2016

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“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”
~ Ella Fitzgerald

 

meeting mister right
meeting mister right

 

I said the week would be full of Library Gala photos and I mean to keep my word. Tonight is couples edition. You met my friend Theresa Yokum very briefly the first year of the outhouse. She’s been telling me about her husband, Owen, even longer than that. Last night I finally met the man, the myth, the legend. He lived up to every expectation and then some. He’s smart, handsome, and funny. Plus, he loves animals. No wonder she married him. I sure enjoyed meeting him, and I hope it won’t be the last time we see each other. I want to hear more stories about Theresa and Tequila.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Awesome
Mr. and Mrs. Awesome

 

My old friend and former colleague Bill Marshall, and his equally awesome wife Jan, were with us last night. I felt I should share my crutches with Bill as he has a torn meniscus. That’s far worse than my sprain/break. It was a pure joy to see Bill and Jan. She retired not long after Bill; he from UK Libraries, she from Lexington Public Library. They’re loving retirement and it shows. I think the world of them, so it was very special to have them in attendance last night. Bill’s Archives class in grad school was exquisite. I wish I could have studied more with him. Still, I think being his friend is a way better deal.

 

Mr. and Mrs. National Cool
Mr. and Mrs. National Cool

 

Perhaps my favorite couple that I’ve recently gotten to know is Don and Anne Ritchie. You might recall I met them in October of last year with BFF Judy Jennings. Donald literally wrote the book on oral history called… Doing Oral History, and Anne’s no slacker either with dozens of credits to her name. Plus, she’s one of Judy Jennings’ oldest friends, and you know how I love Judy. So, of course I love Anne and Don. Every time I see them I’m entertained and enriched by their company. That’s a rare combination; one to be cherished.

 

meeting mister new
meeting mister new

 

The last couple is Valerie and Peter Perry. The way he’s looking at her is just so sweet, isn’t it? He was a very kind, soft spoken man, and Valerie was just proud as a peacock to show him off, rightfully so. It was a grand evening with friends old and new. I’m grateful for every one of them.

july 18, 2013

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If you want to fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” ~ Toni Morrison

cinderella with citronella
cinderella with citronella

Meet my friend and colleague Theresa Yocum. We have great talks over chai. We have great talks in the lobby. Sometimes we even have great talks in the ladies room. It doesn’t matter where we are, we talk. In one such recent chat we discovered we’re both big ol’ walking mosquito buffets. Today, she gave me a citronella plant. She is so thoughtful! I had never heard of such a thing, but I’ve since learned that it’s in the geranium family. It’s very fragrant, and apparently, it gets quite large. They say that rubbing the leaves on your skin will ward off the bloodsucking fiends. Oddly though, within minutes of setting it down (at home, outside), mosquitoes were swarming it. A little research revealed this is not unusual. Do you think the marketers meant “it attracts mosquitoes”, not “it repels mosquitoes”? I don’t know how to break the news to Theresa. Honestly, this might be payback for the time I gave my friend, Cheryl Gevedon Cravens, what I was told was a pair of female finches. When I saw her three months later, she had 27 finches using her bedroom as an aviary. I’m surprised she still speaks to me.