Add some color

I spent most of my 30s wearing black. I own something upward of 20 black t-shirts of varying degrees of sleeved-ness, style, cut, neckline, fabric. When on autopilot my default clothing has been, for most of my adult life, black tshirt-jeans-black boots. When forced to dress like an adult, I…

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An open letter to my community

Libraryland colleagues, I walked past the campus lunchtime protesters today, twice — once on my way to lunch, and once on my way back. The first time, they were shouting “FUCK THE WALL”. The second time, they had a great dance-line chant of “Hey ho, hey ho, Donald Trump has…

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Always get up

My daughter is 2. She falls a lot. When she runs, when she climbs, when she tries to take steps too fast, when the 110 lb dog whacks her in the face with his giant tail, when her shoes aren’t on quite right. My husband, Justin, assesses whether or not…

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purple stripes

There’s been a lot going on around here lately, and some days it’s been hard to see the good in it. This fall semester was a test of my optimism. I’m an inherently optimistic person, and I believe in the good in people. This fall pushed me to some of…

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mindfulness and balance

As I start a new calendar year and a new semester, I, like so many Americans, am making resolutions. Establishing my resolve. Reminding myself of what I value. Making choices about how I live. In my personal life, I’ve resolved to meditate daily, exercise regularly, eat better, and sleep more.…

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