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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Mother’s Day and other things

The featured image for this post is of one of the roses in the bouquet of flowers I bought for Michele for Mother’s Day. Most people go for red roses, and they are quite beautiful, but I like the more subtle and interesting beauty that these ones display. Mother’s Day is sometimes a difficult day. […]

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Taking a deep breath

For me, this weekend is about taking a deep breath in preparation for the week to come. Classes wrap up and next weekend will be filled with graduation activities. In between, I’ll be flying out to Vancouver, B.C. to attend a library conference, trying to finish up all of my theology coursework, and preparing for […]

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Depression and resurrection

These words — depression and resurrection — appear almost jarring when put together in a sentence, seeming to not relate to one another at all. Let me explain. The last few weeks have been difficult ones, mainly because of depression and some anxiety. I won’t go into all of the influences and reasons why, but […]

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Psalm 86

Below is the full text from the New Living Translation of Psalm 86, which I read this morning. As often is the case, turning to the Psalms provides insight and comfort, and that is true of this prayer of David. I don’t know about you, but today, I am needing comfort and strength in the […]

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From negative to positive

At my library, our reference desk is called the Research Help Desk, and librarians take turns staffing it, along with a few grad students. I only spend four hours a week there in two hour shifts, and frequently I do other work things while there because traffic can be fairly minimal. But sometimes the interaction […]

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