The beauty of Covid

The beauty of Covid

For the first time in my career, I no longer regularly wear makeup to work. It’s a pandemic thing, I guess. After months of working remotely from home or wearing a mask when I’m out, there just doesn’t seem like there’s much point in spending time juggling products...
Celebrating with Rip Van Winkle

Celebrating with Rip Van Winkle

Washington Irving’s short story “Rip Van Winkle” was originally published just about two hundred years ago. The tale, if you’re unfamiliar, tells the story of an unmotivated man who escapes his shrewish wife for the afternoon with some strangers and the promise of...
Librarian Life, Covid edition

Librarian Life, Covid edition

“I’m not going to cry. I’m not going to cry.” That was the refrain running through my head as I walked out of school Friday to drive home. To be clear, I’ve never once in 25 years of teaching cried at work, at least not with regards to my position and...
Covid Holiday, Labor Day Weekend in NYC

Covid Holiday, Labor Day Weekend in NYC

The last time I was in NYC was late February. Coronavirus was something happening in China and Italy, not in my favorite city in the world. At the time, nonetheless, my son and I exercised caution. We avoided Chinatown, fearing exposure to an illness we knew far too...
Therapy (for my) dog

Therapy (for my) dog

Tuesday was my first day back on campus for work since mid March. Students won’t be present the first few days, but I was occupied with organizing my library and trying to get a handle on this year’s academic schedule. I’m nervously excited for the new school year, in...