the open road

By the time you read this I will hopefully be headed east, bound for Washington D.C., my lover by my side. I so love travel, and I so love traveling with my sweetheart.  More soon, until then...
"Song of the Open Road" AFOOT and light-hearted, I take to the open road,Healthy, free, the world before me,The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose.Henceforth I ask not good-fortune— myself am good fortune;Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,Strong and content, I travel the open road.The earth—that is sufficient;I do not want the constellations any nearer;I know they are very well where they are;I know they suffice for those who belong to them.(Still here I carry my old delicious burdens;I carry them, men and women—I carry them with me wherever I go;I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them;I am fill’d with them, and I will fill them in return.)...
--Walt Whitman

once I was a gardener

"But now in September the garden has cooled, and with it my possessiveness.  The sun warms my back instead of beating on my head ... The harvest has dwindled, and I have grown apart from the intense midsummer relationship that brought it on."
-  Robert Finch 

Stumbled upon this quote, and was struck dumb with a sadness I feel for the garden I once had. I love our cozy little condo--we spent so much time during our courtship there; it was a place of refuge when I was tired of library life in Ohio; it's our first home as a married couple. But, our condo has no space for a garden, and this makes me sad. I think of the hours of time I spent on my knees planting, pulling weeds, picking produce. My garden was often one of the few spots were I went to feel alone in a community of 100 people; the place where I had the silence to day dream. I miss the day dreams dreamed there because the day dreams of 20-something me are so different than those of 30-something me. *sigh* Is it the …

Youth Services Librarian posting, Nappannee IN

September 11th

I always pause and remember the horror of that day. 
I pray for those lost. 
I pray more for those who lost loved ones, who continue to move on.
I pray for peace.

Stumbled across this today and thought I would share. 

"I did not see the devil's face at Ground Zero. I saw the face of God in the people working, caring, sweating, crying, rescuing, recovering and being very spiritual in their very humanness."
-Franciscan Father Joseph Bayne, chief chaplain of New York's Erie County Emergency Services

Cooperative Director – Lakeland Library Cooperative (MI) Job Posting

Thought I'd pass this along:
Cooperative Director – Lakeland Library Cooperative (MI)                                Lead Lakeland Library Cooperative—an innovative and accomplished Michigan library cooperative—to continue outstanding levels of service and effective resource sharing. The Executive Board of the Cooperative (headquartered in suburban Grand Rapids), seeks an experienced library leader—responsive to member libraries, staff, and community needs, and skilled in focusing the efforts of a team of talented professionals—as its next Cooperative Director. Lakeland, one of eleven Michigan cooperatives, works in partnership with its 42-member public libraries providing essential services. With a $1.1 million annual budget (funded primarily from local property taxes) and 11FTE system staff, LLC serves an eight-county region in western Michigan with a service population of 1.2 million people. Member libraries range from small, rural libraries to very large urban libraries. LLC is …

nearly a month and...

Nearly a month ago I wrote about my New Library's problems with:
Leaking roof (may be caused by roof windows)Leaking windowsBad door seal, leakingOutside in-ground lights full of water and not workingElectrical issues with exterior light programmerInability to use light switches for a week, due to the fact that the electrician screwed something up when trying to fix the light programmerDead water softenerWhat's been fixed after a month: Decided to not repair or replace in-ground lighting due to cost, so we've gotten solar powered lights The water softener computer has been replaced and the unit is up and running. Neat thing I learned, no one has EVER added salt to the water softener, EVER. OMG! Wonder why it's broken!! Still waiting on repairs for everything else. *sigh*

glamorous life of a Library Director

I have never owned a home. When I lived at the Farm in New England—what feels like a million years ago, and as many miles away--we were wardens of sorts over our cabins and houses. Problems resulted in written “tickets” to the Maintenance Team, who then resolved the problem. The same can be said of all the apartments and house I’ve rented; a call to the landlord usually resolved the issue (I fortunately always had good landlords, for the most part). ChicagoBoy, the homeowner (I guess that makes me a co-homeowner in a couple months?), is a handyman and a Landlord himself, so much more adept at handling problems. And yet it’s me who is stuck with the mounting challenges of a new building.
I’ve gotten good at reading warranties—only one problem has still been under warranty—and getting recommendations for service people. I’m learning the jargon of these people, getting better at home to explain the problems. I’ve dug in.
In my first 3 months at the New Library I’ve had, and am still wor…