Just a reminder that some days are better than others, and it’s always a good time to stop everything you are doing to remind someone how important they are to you. You can’t know what it will do—brighten their day, change their path, save their life. Write a post-it, mail a letter, make a phone call. List every reason you’re glad they’re here.
4:17 pm • 2 September 2014 • 36 notes
“Before deciding librarianship is right for you, make sure you understand what today’s librarians do all day. If you want quiet and lots of time to read, think again. Today’s libraries are full of collegial, and sometimes even downright noisy, collaboration, creation, and community activities, and are as much about technology as print on paper.”
Meredith Schwartz’s “How To Be a 21st Century Librarian,” from Library Journal. A fantastic, digestible overview of the profession and absolute required reading for those researching MLS/MLIS programs.
It reminds me that I need to write my “Why I Didn’t Go to Library School” post.
this is why i DID (and DO) want to be a librarian!
10:20 pm • 31 August 2014 • 154 notes
I see your universe.
And isn’t the universe beautiful?
(Source: pondroyalty, via doctorwho)
4:30 pm • 31 August 2014 • 5,847 notes
“Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere. If babies
are not starving someplace, they are starving
somewhere else. With flies in their nostrils.
But we enjoy our lives because that’s what God wants.
Otherwise the mornings before summer dawn would not
be made so fine. The Bengal tiger would not
be fashioned so miraculously well. The poor women
at the fountain are laughing together between
the suffering they have known and the awfulness
in their future, smiling and laughing while somebody
in the village is very sick. There is laughter
every day in the terrible streets of Calcutta,
and the women laugh in the cages of Bombay.
If we deny our happiness, resist our satisfaction,
we lessen the importance of their deprivation.
We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,
but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have
the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless
furnace of this world. To make injustice the only
measure of our attention is to praise the Devil.
If the locomotive of the Lord runs us down,
we should give thanks that the end had magnitude.
We must admit there will be music despite everything.
We stand at the prow again of a small ship
anchored late at night in the tiny port
looking over to the sleeping island: the waterfront
is three shuttered cafés and one naked light burning.
To hear the faint sound of oars in the silence as a rowboat
comes slowly out and then goes back is truly worth
all the years of sorrow that are to come.”
— Jack Gilbert, “A Brief for the Defense”
7:40 pm • 30 August 2014 • 1 note
“We need beauty. But what right did I have, I kept asking myself, in a world so full of hell?
In his poem, “A Brief for the Defense,” Jack Gilbert attempted an answer. “We must risk delight,” he wrote. Life contains everything. Tear gas in Ferguson. Books read on the grass. Foley’s murder. Dancing in New Orleans, till sunrise blots the stars. We’re meat—fragile and finite. But joy is survival.”
— Molly Crabapple We Must Risk Delight After a Summer Full of Monsters | VICE United States (via snitnation)
7:39 pm • 30 August 2014 • 131 notes
I went swimming with this cute little fish today.
11:41 pm • 28 August 2014 • 1 note
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
— C. S. Lewis (via lyssahumana)
3:29 pm • 28 August 2014 • 798 notes