Language is a dangerous thing not only for what is said but often because of what is left out, especially during history lessons. Slavery verses enslavement. The state of being a slave verses the action of making someone a slave. “Slavery” conjures images of black bodies in chains, laboring in cotton fields, and being sold … More Our Words Are Dangerous, Especially When We Don’t Use Them
In literature there is a bias against Romance. There is a pervasive belief amongst readers that a novel, where the driving plot device is a romantic relationship, cannot be considered Literature and is therefore unworthy of critique. Women call books with a busty corseted Queen their “guilty pleasure,” waving their hand in the air as … More The Crawdads Sing of Romance
Everyone knows that being alone and being lonely are not the same. Alone is a fun treat where you have the whole house to yourself: you can listen to your podcasts without headphones, eat ice cream for dinner, and not worry about someone else’s schedule. Lonely is when you start to putter. Putter around the … More What’s the Word for the State of Missing Someone?
For me, The Travel Bug goes by another name and that name is anxiety. When The Travel Bug (TTB) bites it leaves behind a virus which lays dormant until anytime between 6 weeks and 4 days before your trip. Often, if you’ve been bitten in the past, you will have built up some immunity to … More The Travel Bug
Part of librarianship is understanding of the purpose of your particular library. Libraries range from those with extremely specialized collections like museum, medical, and research to those with broader appeal like academic, primary school, and public. There are also archives, which can be described as a cross between a museum and a library. Knowing who … More Why Do Libraries Throw Away Books?
The electronic sound of a slowly retracting zoom lens buzzed like a chainsaw in a quiet forest. As I flinched at the sound, the bride and groom said, “I do.” The friend sitting next to me in the second pew of the church walks to the pulpit to do a reading. A loud swooshing crack … More The Scourge of Baby Boomers at Unplugged Weddings
It’s a different kind of tragedy when a great part of the collective human heritage is destroyed, but it’s a tragedy nonetheless. While watching Notre Dame de Paris be engulfed by skyscraper-high flames and billowing plumes of black smoke yesterday, my art historian friend Jenna remarked, “When the essence of personhood and how we measure … More The Power of Place
Mr. DeWine, Your vote to enact the Heartbeat bill into law negatively effects me, all women, all families, and all Ohioans. Your complete disregard for the rights of women to have autonomy over our own bodies and your blatant use of fear mongering for political gain is disgraceful and dangerous. You have endangered the lives … More The Heartbeat Bill
Objectively, pilots are cool. They fly enormous machines through the air at incalculable* speeds, get to travel all over the world, and have an entire plane full of people’s lives in their hands. Also, Top Gun. As the wife of a pilot, people frequently ask me about the profession, what it’s like for my husband … More FAQ: My Husband is a Pilot
“But! Obama shut down the government for seventeen days!” “YAS bitch! For HEALTHCARE!” This quote from record breaking rapper Cardi B really resonated with me this morning: what happened to the moral integrity of American Republicans, for Christ’s sake? (Literally, in most cases, for Christ’s sake.) Republicans have – in my lifetime – branded themselves … More The Morality of a Wall