From the Editor
April 19, 2017
I was struck by the innocence one of our readers captured in this photo and what it said to me about exploring the unknown, peering into darkness, and greeting adventure.
I grew up on a farm and remember vividly the intense odors of dust and bird droppings that greeted me when I entered our barn or one of the many sheds my dad used to store machinery and straw bales.
March 15, 2017
Sometimes, an organization’s success is determined by the commitment of only one or two individuals. That particular organization succeeds when those individuals are passionate, but falters when they lose interest or face issues that are beyond their control. That’s not true here.
February 15, 2017
Every week, as we return and check out, we collectively affirm both the value of books and the value of libraries, where we learn, discover, shift focus, reinvigorate our interests, vivify our memory, grow, commune.
January 18, 2017
With the start of a new year, many of us are tempted to draw up a list of resolutions to take us through the ensuing months. Some people try to eliminate procrastination or self-doubt. Other people resolve to eat healthier, …
December 21, 2016
A few weeks ago, the Oxford Dictionary and Dictionary.com announced their selections for Word of the Year; Merriam-Webster and the American Dialect Society (ADS) will release their choices in January. Each entity has a slightly different set of factors it takes into consideration, but all emphasize that the word or phrase must have become prominent or notable during the previous year.
November 16, 2016
For the past several months, I’ve been helping my 81-year-old mom sort through family photos. We started with a box of studio portraits taken in the mid- to late-1800s and have made our way through albums of snapshots taken with some of the first Brownie cameras. The images are marked and organized, and now, I understand the gift they represent.