Tammy Said It Was Time for Me to Do a Photo Essay

“The one thing a creator can bring to the table when everybody else has all the money and power is a centeredness and the ability to walk away. Never sit at a table you can’t walk away from.”
-Joss Whedon as quoted in “Joss Whedon: The EW Interview” by James Hibberd, Entertainment Weekly (August 30, 2013)

But People Judge Us When We Leash Him

Yeah, so I haven’t been blogging. It wasn’t planned. One day I decided to stop, and that’s what I did. Sometimes I’m like that.

I Like to Count the Freckles on Maxwell's Face

I did it thinking that I would blog again sometime, but every day that I’ve thought maybe I’d blog about … Read the rest

Quotable Friday

“When he was done, more than three-quarters of his page still remained to be filled between the gold lion on the crimson shield on top and the blank white shield at the bottom. Ser Gerold Hightower had begun his history, and Ser Barristan Selmy had continued it, but the rest Jaime Lannister would need to write for himself. He could write whatever he chose, henceforth.”
-George R.R. Martin in A Storm of SwordsRead the rest

Community-a-Thon

“I think if you say stop, he’ll say Hammertime.”
-Dean Pelton on Community, “Football, Feminism, and You” (season 1, episode 6)

Now that I have my tickets set, it’s time to make sure that all you locals know that Marc Maron will be headlining the Fringe Festival here in Rochester this September. He’s going to be at the Eastman Theatre, which means not only do I get to see Marc perform in my hometown, but I can walk to the show from my apartment. I *knew* moving here was a good idea.

In other WTF-related news, one … Read the rest

The Story of My Life

I have to keep telling my spam blocker that my own email is a trusted address, but my spam blocker doesn’t believe me and keeps blocking the emails I send myself.

Put another way, I run a major cultural institution, but I can’t successfully send myself an email.

Not that I can keep up with my email lately, whether I’ve sent it to myself or not. One goal at a time, I guess.… Read the rest

A Year of Library Directing, or The Value of Useful Things

“Grace means you’re in a different universe from where you had been stuck, when you had absolutely no way to get there on your own.”
-Anne Lamott in “Oh Noraht Noraht” in Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

“So–well–I think I grew up questioning the contradictions, as we all do, but finally admiring the way we human beings always manage, however clumsily, to build a footing out of not much, and then dance on it.”
-Natalie Babbitt in “We’re All Mad Here,” Horn Book Magazine (September/October 2004)

Today I am celebrating one year of library directing.

I know, right? That … Read the rest

Quotable Tuesday

“Everything that’s happened to you so far you have not been able to predict. That’s how it’s always been. Just stay open.”
-Sarah Silverman on WTF with Marc Maron Podcast (Episode 116)… Read the rest

Getting By With a Lot of Help from My Friends

5k sticker

Farida made a decal to help encourage me as I get ready for my first 5K, which I’ll be running in two weeks. (Why a flamingo? There’s a story. It involves fairies and maybe only makes sense to four people on the face of the earth.) Lucas and I decided this would be a fun thing to do together. Lucas is 13, which would explain the crazy optimism he felt when we signed up. I’m not sure what came over me. I am looking forward to it, in a what-if-I-can’t-finish-or-break-something kind of a way. I mean, it’s not like I … Read the rest

Quotable Maxwell

“I have sand in places that I didn’t even know I had places.”… Read the rest

Film Club: Much Ado About Jeff’s Quiz

I saw Much Ado About Nothing yesterday, and it did not disappoint me. I think it was John who said that setting Shakespeare in contemporary times makes him nervous, but this nerdy Shakespeare-loving English major thought it worked. I’ll be interested to hear what John thinks when he sees it. Nathan Fillion stole the show, and I’m not just saying that because I’m a little in love with him. He was hilarious. A lot of the film was funny, funnier than I remember the play being. It made me want to go back and reread it, which I haven’t done … Read the rest

Reunited with My Laptop

I was sick and missed a couple days of work before I left on my trip to Chicago, and I really got to missing HPL while I was gone. So even though I got home at 1:00 in the morning, I got myself up mid-morning, did a few chores, and got to work by 1:00pm.

The library was lively and busy, and it was good to be back amid the beautiful chaos.

Then about 5:00, a storm came in. I heard the first rumble of thunder, and I knew it was foreshadowing trouble. Ten minutes later, the lightning and thunder … Read the rest