the quiet calm.
“the next morning dawned bright and sweet, like ribbon candy.”
― sarah addison allen, – Garden Spells
the littlest wedding crasher
handsome in his checked shirt
grabs a bouquet from the bar
and jumps into the celebration
bride and groom
join as one
as they become a family
and the celebration begins
“love is not just looking at each other,
it’s looking in the same direction.”
~ antoine de saint-exupery
kennedy wedding, woodstock, ny – august 2016
left my house
yesterday morning at 5:15am
flew out at 7:15am
headed to woodstock
for my brother’s upcoming wedding
very excited and happy for them
in the blink of an eye
without a flash of lightning
all forms of travel changed
got a little more complicated
i’m just saying
that i now
need a passport
i will find my way
to the big show
who would expect
Arlo Guthrie: It’s incredible.
I heard the New York Thruway’s closed.
News Reporter: Closed?
This morning we heard that they were
backed down Route 17 with an eight hour delay.
Arlo Guthrie: Right. Well, the New York Thruway’s closed.
Isn’t that far out?
“want to really get somewhere in life? just don’t follow the crowd.”
image credits: vintage woodstock 1969 google images
librarians have an olympics, too
brains met brawn in a bookish competition for the ages
think the athletic action is all in rio this year? you’d be wrong—dead wrong. though you might not think so, librarians perform feats of near-olympian prowess every day as they lug books back and forth, tame tortuous piles of information and sustain long hours and complicated reference requests. and as librarian katy kelly writes, they proved it in the university of dayton’s first-ever library olympics last week.
the “olympic” event showcased the prowess of librarians by turning the mental into the physical. it’s an olympics year tradition in many libraries that aims to get people more engaged with their local library. some libraries invite the public into the library to compete in fun, bookish games, but in this case librarians themselves faced off in what may be the ultimate game of reference skill and cataloging competence.
librarians competed in a vigorous game of “journal jenga” (stacking bound periodicals as high as possible and jumping out of the way when they collapsed. then they faced off in a circuit of different events, including balancing bound journals on their heads, running a book cart through a twisty course, and tossing journals toward a target. (all of those thrown journals were slated for recycling in a process librarians call “weeding.”)
brains had a place next to all that brawn, too, as librarians participated in a tricky speed sorting event in which they had to put books in order by their library of congress call number. to top it all off, they ran around campus finding objects that corresponded to different lo call numbers. the winning team made off with the medal by a single point.
all of these antics sound silly, but librarian m. schlangen, who participated in the event, found deeper meaning in the exercise. “as I raced to put a cart full of books in order by the library of congress call numbers on their spine labels,” she wrote, “the very genius of this system occurred to me: without orderly cataloging of the world’s knowledge, even in this age of search engines and high-speed networks, information could easily be rendered obscure in an ocean of data, accessed by mere chance rather than intention.”
there’s another purpose for the games: as the university of dayton’s m. scheffler and a. black note, these olympics-like competitions don’t just test librarians’ knowledge, but highlight areas in which they might need more training. and the best librarians know that, like the most competitive athletes in the world, it never hurts to brush up on the basics.
credits: smithsonianmag.com, erin blakemore, katy kelly
i went to the official opening
of the local headquarters
my choice of candidates
for the office of
president of the united states of america.
when i pulled into the parking lot
there was not a space to be had
there was a torrential downpour of rain
yet people of all ages
pouring out of the door
once i walked into the room
so much enthusiasm
so full of hope
it was overwhelming
i’m excited to say that
tomorrow i’ll begin helping them
to try to make it all happen in november.
“act as if what you do makes a difference. it does.”
image credit: googleimages