June is bustin’ out all over

It’s hard to believe that today is the first day of June. I was awakened early this morning by yet another thunderstorm. We have had an inordinate amount of rainfall here, resulting in extensive flooding and big delays in planting various crops. Plus it is just downright gloomy a lot of the time. Up until […]

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Online teaching and more

As usually happens, the past week had its ups and downs. Although the academic year at Wheaton College finished last week and the campus is therefore much quieter, work at Buswell Library continues at a very busy pace. For example, now is the busiest time of the year for finishing up financial transactions to ensure […]

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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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Finding joy

I often look back on my childhood and wonder exactly when and how I lost the sense of possibilities, the freedom, the joy and excitement and wonder of that time of life. Maybe if I could understand when and how it changed, that might help me figure out how to regain it, or so goes […]

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Snow

I love snow. Today we are getting walloped with a lot of it in the Chicago area, and it is very pretty outside. The flakes are enormous! The only concern is that it might snow so much, and the snowfall is so heavy that when combined with high winds, there is a chance that power […]

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