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Filling the Thank Full Second Sunday June 2015

As this warm summer day slides into one of those summer nights, I take a few moments to give thanks. I am grateful for:  Beautiful skirts (two) that swish & swirls around my knees.  Feet sore from walking & dancing A brain full with interesting thoughts about art & libraries & life How much nicer […]

Neat and Tidy, a messy multipart essay, part one

[This is the first of a series of loosely connected, perhaps sometimes contradictory, essays sparked by various books and conversations around ideas of neatness, messiness, and the good life]. In my library district many people have waited long months to read Marie Kondo‚Äôs book The life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering […]

A recipe: tasty Fat Tuesday happy mixed with Ash in the the mouth Wednesday somber

In the liturgical Christian tradition today is the last day before Lent. Lent is a period of somber reflection, letting go of harmful to self and other habits and taking on good for self and other spiritual practices. In New Orleans, it is Fat Tuesday, a day of excess and pageantry. For Anglicans and Episcopalians […]

Small Movements on a Monday Morning

My cat is determined to lay her head in the crook of my elbow as I try to type. She lays on the desk between my right and left arms and between my body and the keyboard. As she purrs, Kuniko Plays Reich plays and the hum of a bit of computer equipment fills the […]

Filling the Thank Full Second Sunday of February 2015

On this cold (for North Central Florida) morning I give thanks for: The view from my office window. Daddy finally got the large chunk of trunk to tip over all the way to the ground. The grand old dame of an oak tree fell on May Day 2010. The tree trimmers came and cut away […]

Bears and Legos and Queens, Oh My

Bears and Legos and Queens, Oh My. Bears and Legos and Queens, Oh My. Bears and Legos and Queens, Oh My. Bears Last week as I drove to work listening to the news on NPR a very special sponsorship ad came on. I cannot find a audio copy of the ad, otherwise I would post […]

Taking Our Mumps: Why the Those Who Don’t Vacinate are Wrong But So Are the Rest of Us

Lately on FB, seems like every other post is related to the recent DiseaseLand measles outbreak. In between clickbait and status updates, there will be yet another post that validates all of us who believe that imperfect but rigorous science has improved public health more than fear-driven campaigns led by pop stars. One of my […]

Letting Grumbly Grumbles Float in a Phat Vat

One of the tricks that helps me keep on keeping on is letting grumbly grumbles float. This morning, I was easily annoyed by the “slings and arrows” of annoying fortunes. First the kvetch: I woke up tired and headachy, and my back still hurts from a recent flare up of an old muscle injury. I […]

This Girl Can Get Her Sweaty Freak On

A day or so ago the This Girl Can video, part of the This Girl Can UK campaign, popped up on my FB feed. I watched it and enjoyed it. Today, I have watched in four or five times, in part because it has a Missy Elliot song that I love as its soundtrack. The […]

Let’s Just Say I Hope

Today, I read Marilyn Nelson‘s “how i discovered poetry” a “sequence of fifty unrhymed sonnets” that use personal and political events from the time she was four in 1950 to the time she was fourteen in 1960 to build a picture of the life for a girl in a military family. The author never denies […]