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Little victories

I have been haunted today by David Brower. “All of our victories are temporary, and all of our defeats are permanent.” I understand where that comes from, the particular context in which it was first said and what it meant, but it’s such a sweeping, compelling statement that it’s easy…

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Tired

There was a great post over at Hi, Miss Julie! last week about emotional labor and librarianship, which I thought was beautifully written and resonant and important, and I was quite taken aback by some of the comments (though not really surprised, as such) to some extent on the original…

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Discretion and valor

It’s interesting. My coworker and I were talking the other day about how, in this, the loudest, most vicious, divisive, gut-driven election cycle in living memory and perhaps ever, it is also, in some ways, the quietest, most nonconfrontational, most self-contained election cycle I can remember. I work in a…

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A virtuous death

A few nights after Robin Williams died, John and I sat down and watched James Lipton’s magnificent Inside the Actors’ Studio interview, originally aired on June 10, 2001. It wasn’t the first time; both the show and that particular interview were old favorites, but it took on a special poignancy then. By…

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Serendipity

I am reading Terry Tempest Williams on the train, a dozen roses lying on the seat across from me. Her new book, The Hour of Land, is a meditation on the history and majesty of our national parks, a plea for the future, but also a gift of stories: the…

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Fear will not save us.

  I’ve been thinking for two days now about what I want to say about Orlando. And, at a loss for what to say, I’ve been listening. Listening to friends, to strangers, to the news, to the spokespeople of the community, trying to sort out the threads, find the pattern.…

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Fight the dark

I decided a while back that my purpose – on the internet, in the world – is pushing back against the darkness by raising up beauty, kindness, compassion, and understanding. One tweet, one reblog, one hug, one dollar at a time. So I shared Chuck Wendig’s excellent  Mental Health Awareness…

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Bearing witness

I am watching at a distance right now as an author I admire tremendously is watching her dad die.* This is a woman who has written passionately – and compassionately – about mental health and art, who’s been very public and upfront about her dad’s illness and how caregiving has…

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