Monthly Archives: February 2016

More reasons to love Curtis Memorial Library

Did you know that February is Love Your Library Month? I’d be remiss if I didn’t post at least one library-related piece, and I’d miss out on an opportunity to gush (again) about how much I love my own Curtis Memorial Library. You may remember a previous piece I published about CML last month, in […]

Books evoke remembrance of things past

There are some books you read and forget; there are others that stay with you a lifetime. And there are those that still conjure up memories of the exact moment and circumstance in which you first read them. My initial idea for this post was to pay homage to Harper Lee, who passed away on […]

Stop asking women when they plan to have children

“Do you have kids?” The question is inevitable. And the older I get, the earlier it gets asked in introductory conversations. It first began happening several years ago, when I landed my first “real” job – 40 hours, benefits, earned time, staff parties complete with homemade goodies. “No,” I would answer, laughing at the mere […]

Changing the meaning of Valentine’s Day

I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day. Sure, I’ll take the chocolates in the heart-shaped box, maybe even a card, but other than that, the holiday has never mattered much to me. I’ve celebrated it in various ways (dinner out, dinner in, exchange of gifts, heart-to-heart proclamations of love, an abundance of donuts) with boyfriends, […]

How to laugh when you miss your train

It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry. I can’t take credit for this statement (thank Bob Dylan), but the sentiment behind it rang true for me one sunny afternoon this past fall. That was the day we missed our train back home, leaving us stranded in Rockland. It was bright […]

National Wear Red Day: Why one survivor Goes Red for Women

This Friday, February 5th, is National Wear Red Day. If you’re unfamiliar with it, Wear Red Day is part of the Go Red for Women initiative promoted by the American Heart Association. It always falls on the first Friday of February – which is, fittingly enough, Heart Health Awareness Month. The goal of Wear Red […]