Today, I want to help elucidate what it is we Librarians actually do. Public libraries are different from academic university libraries, school libraries, private libraries, museum libraries, and none of these are archives. I work at a standalone – we have no branches – Public Library in Ohio. Our community is landlocked by the larger … More What Even Is A Librarian?
Over the last few weeks at least a quintillion wonderful, creative, intelligent women got engaged in the United States. I have the privilege of being Social Media Friends with at least three of them. This morning at 5:00 AM, I was struck with inspiration to write to those recently engaged women who I admire and … More So, You’re Engaged!
In 2015, the year I moved to Columbus on New Year’s Eve, I made the resolution to keep a jar and write down things I accomplished or felt good about or moments I wanted to remember. This was especially great because after moving to a new city without a job, almost every day there was … More I Resolve
Summer snaps without warning, the wind has a bite, Women mounted on brooms are all taking flight. Black cats hiss and howl, run around in a craze, Bats flap in the dark through forests ablaze, Milky roiling fog closes in on the night. The belladonna is blooming, so is wolfsbane, Overhead the moon shines through … More Halloween
I read The Underground Railroad in the spring before the author, Colson Whitehead, visited my library for an author talk. Whitehead was booked to speak for our library almost a year before his book won both the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2016 National Book Award, the first book to win both in the … More Book Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
You can’t tell by looking at me that I have a master’s degree in art history. I concentrated in museum studies when I got my Master of Library and Information Science; I didn’t care about the Dewey Decimal or MARC. I wrote a sixty page thesis titled Capturing Otherness on Canvas: Sixteenth through Seventeenth Century European … More You Can’t Tell by Looking at Me
When I learned the Cleveland Museum of Art was going to host a show in concert with Copper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum about the 1920s, I ordered my members’ preview tickets and drove up to Cleveland on my day off work. After excellent experiences at previous blockbuster CMA exhibitions, I assumed I would be met … More The Jazz Age: An Unpopular Opinion
I choose beer, almost always, over any other Adult Drink. Taproom culture is a big part of my infatuation with craft beer and the great variety of quality beverage is the other part. After a year of living in Columbus, Ohio, I’m ready to talk about some of my favorite breweries. Columbus Craft Beer Week is … More Columbus Craft
Daphne pulled herself out of the steaming pool. The boiling water beaded on her milky blue skin. Dusk was settling behind the line of trees in the distance, giving the barren white landscape a rosy glow. Steam sizzled and twisted into the air around Daphne while she opened and closed her fist, gazing at the last rays … More Colter’s Mermaid
Everyday I go to work at the library, Day-to-day our patrons always vary. Along comes this stranger, I didn’t sense danger: But nevertheless, I thought to be wary. It started out innocently enough: He asked about my hair and how I got it to fluff. “I can’t use products; it’s not manly,” he said. “No one cares what … More No Thanks, I’m Married