A visit to the Holy City

I visited the Holy City — Charleston, S.C. — for the second time in November 2016. It is one of my favorite places to visit in the world, with a mix of charm, beauty, diversity, and history that is hard to match anywhere else in the United States. The variety of dining and shopping opportunities […]

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Soup therapy

There is something special about soup. It is warm, comforting, tasty, satisfying, and therapeutic. It also is usually inexpensive to make and is a great way to use up leftovers. The homemade hamburger and vegetable soup featured in the following photo is a good example. I love all of the colors and textures shown here. […]

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Memories of winters past

Curling up close to a heating register in the early a.m. on a cold winter’s day after delivering newspapers, dozing in and out of sleep before it was time to leave for school. The thrill of being allowed to drive a snowmobile while only nine or ten years old (what were my parents thinking?). Tumbling […]

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Don’t die in Maryland

”Don’t die in Maryland, Dad,” my son said as he hugged and kissed me goodbye before I left for my most recent trip. Wheaton colleagues and I visited the libraries at Goucher College, Johns Hopkins University, and Salisbury University last week. As I did in previous trips, I took a lot of photos in order […]

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Summer lists

Things I hate about summer: Heat and humidity  Bugs, especially mosquitoes and ticks  Too many people everywhere  Blockbuster movies  Swimming pools and water parks  Everyone else going on vacations but us  Back to school sales  My birthday  Annual reports  Heat and humidity  Things I enjoy about summer: Fresh fruit and vegetables  Air conditioning  Fewer meetings […]

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NASIG gives out more awards than any other organization or conference of its size and scope that I can think of. This year, for example, nineteen awards were given, including six awards for first-time attendees. We also hold a first-timers’ reception every year. During the reception, which is scheduled just before the conference kicks off, […]

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A food view of Atlanta

These photos portray a different angle to the past week spent in Atlanta at a library conference. Although it may seem like I overindulged, the reality is that I skipped several meals for various reasons, with no harm done. The meals provided as part of the conference itself were really good, I thought, but I […]

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