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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…

lovely

Stumbled upon this today while searching for "the perfect Walt Whitman quote." So lovely. And Garrison Keillor! Who knew he had it in him...
When my body and your body
Lie together under a white sheet
Your head on my arm
Your leg thrown over my leg
The whole long continent of you
The pale ridgeline of your ribcage and hip and thigh
Neighbor to me
There is nothing that needs to be explained
Or accomplished, the world is at rest and complete
And though
We drift apart in the eddies of the day
We will find our way back
To the slight hollows that mark the place
Where we lie now, astonished, saying nothing.
-Nude Study, by Garrison Keillor, in 77 Love Sonnets

less than 3 months

You guys, our wedding is just under the 3 months away mark!!

This past weekend we:
picked out tuxedos for the guys--Vera Wang tuxes!! ChicagoBoy let me choose and they are SMOKING HOT!!ChicagoBoy finally renewed his passport--Scotland and Ireland here we come!I backed up music onto our new 1TB external hard drive to transfer to our home computer, so I can start getting the wedding music for the reception together! This week's wedding goals:
Seating chartQuotes about love for the tables--each table is named after an author, so will feature a quote about love by said authorStart working on wedding music