Apr 30, 2017

Does catnip alleviate anxiety?

My favorite recent photo of Fox. He poses.
I'm a cat person, if that isn't obvious. I've had cats, or they've had me, since I was ten and my mother brought home an abandoned gray striped tabby named Samantha.

Nov 20, 2016

The End of the Republican Party

A couple of days ago on the way somewhere, we pulled up to a stoplight behind a pickup truck that had a prominent bumper sticker that said, "PRESIDENT TRUMP. DEAL WITH IT." And I lost it. I yelled "F--k you!" several times along with a couple of other choice epithets. Daniel, who was driving, was fortunately a lot more restrained.

Nov 9, 2016

Hate won

Hate won last night. Racism and misogyny and intolerance won.

It's a tough thing to accept. I had a terrible time getting to sleep last night (I gave up at 1 am) and awoke thinking, my god. We just elected a man who calls Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers, and boasts about grabbing women by the (yes, I'm going to say it) pussy.

Sep 24, 2016

America's Original Sin

This morning, I was listening to several speeches given during the opening ceremonies of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. To my surprise, these were the lines that got to me:
"A great nation does not hide its history. It faces its flaws, and corrects them. This museum tells the truth: that a country founded on the promise of liberty held millions in chains, that the price of our union was America's original sin."

Mar 20, 2016

Apologies in advance for discussing Trump

Like many Americans (and considering his disapproval rating, most Americans) I have been horrified by the recent political ascendancy of Donald Trump.

(I can't bring myself to post a photo of Trump. So here is my late and much loved cat Spike sitting in front of an American Library Association poster of Patrick Stewart. Probably my favorite poster ever, and one of my favorite Spike photos.)

Jan 24, 2016

Snow Day

Wow, we got a lot of snow this weekend. Quoting the hilarious epistolary novel, The Man Who Wrote Dirty Books by Hal Dresner, "It was an efficient, methodical snowstorm; it covered the ground, the trees, the housetops, the roads, and then it stopped." We got over two feet here in southeastern Pennsylvania. Daniel took a bunch of photos (below are the two best) while he was outside exclaiming about it. Obviously, we lived in southern California way too long.


Nov 26, 2015

Museum Day

Did you know that professional librarians have specialties? Many librarians even have a second masters in their subject area along with their masters in information science. I don't have a second masters, but I do have a specialty: art. In 2005, I was working at a relatively well-known art museum in Los Angeles.

Nov 25, 2015

The Eiffel Tower, of course

At the top of my "what I must do in Paris" list was taking a tour boat down the Seine. I freely admit that it's a cliche, but you have to take a tour boat down the Seine.

Nov 24, 2015

Notre Dame de Paris

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris have finally pushed me into posting about my Paris trip in August, 2005. (I can't believe it was ten years ago!) I had managed to wangle two days in Paris at the end of my eight days in Oslo. Obviously, two days is not enough. Honestly, a full year in Paris is not enough. But two days were all I could afford at the time, and I was determined to make the most of it.