“to love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” ~ david viscott ~

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the bride comes in with a song
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the littlest wedding crasher

handsome in his checked shirt

grabs a bouquet from the bar

and jumps into the celebration

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bride and groom

join as one

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as they become a family

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and the celebration begins

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“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


 

getting to woodstock.

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Music Festivals Woodstock Music and Art Fair August 1969

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

and then

in the blink of an eye

and

without a flash of lightning

all forms of travel changed

and

got a little more complicated

i’m just saying

that i now

may

need a passport

but

i will find my way

to the big show

on time

no worries

who would expect

anything less 

from woodstock

after all?

1969

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?

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“want to really get somewhere in life? just don’t follow the crowd.”

 -jeremy limn 

image credits: vintage woodstock 1969 google images

where brains met brawn.

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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.

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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.”)

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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

 

act.

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yesterday

i went to the official opening 

of the local headquarters 

for 

my choice of candidates

for the office of

the next

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

were waiting

and

pouring out of the door

and

once i walked into the room

there was

so much enthusiasm 

and

so full of hope

and

postive thinking

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.”

~william james

image credit: googleimages