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
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
The Patriarchy as a living albatross around my neck that requires constant feeding, but the only thing to feed him is me. … More What does The Patriarchy Want from Me?
There are two topics about which I often wish I knew more: feminism and capitalism. I read a lot and I want to start a book club with myself. I’m a feminist and have a grasp of feminist history, lite. I’m familiar with the names de Beauvoir, Lorde, and I know ‘bell hooks’ isn’t capitalized, … More A Book Club of One
I first visited Scotland in April, 2012 for a couple days on Spring Break, while on a whirlwind tour of the British Isles with my roommate, Carolyn. We went full Highlander and took an overnight train from London to Inverness – the largest city in the Scottish Highlands – because we thought, “If you’re going … More What is it about Scotland?
Fresh from completing my Master’s (or is it Masters?) degree in Art History I had some pretty Hot Takes on the whole process, as you can read in my August 2015 essay, Grad School: One of Life’s Terrible Jokes. In the winter of that same year, I polished off my follow-up Masters in Library and Information … More What I Learned in Graduate School
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?