Today I was asked to provide a “day in the life” of being the Branch Head librarian at the Carnegie for a library journal. There are certain stereotypes of the librarian’s role that many still harbor, but in an urban library today I’m sure most would be surprised. For example, roving the library to make […]

My dad likes to call it the “perfect storm.” Fifty years ago, when he was 25 he managed to graduate from medical school in New Zealand and marry my mom. Fast forward to the present day meant that in December he celebrated his 50th class reunion, his 50th wedding anniversary and his 75th birthday! This […]

Last Saturday was a pretty fantastic day at the Carnegie. I was worried that we would be short-staffed due to illness, but turns out that we had an extra person (which never happens!). There was some positive energy happening, with a free lunch on the street, a party in the Carnegie alley with a live […]

I just watched the movie, True Grit (2010) and noticed how the promotional poster highlights the names, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin. This really bothered me, especially the highlighting of Brolin who plays a bit part, considering that the film is truly about the young teenager, Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) who perseveres to […]

Yesterday I had an epiphany about subcultures and youth rebellion. This is a topic I haven’t thought deeply on for some time, compared to when I wrote my Masters thesis on female skateboarders as cultural producers in a male dominated subculture. I was reminded of my research when a PhD student reached out to me, […]

The Thanksgiving weekend has passed, and I need to focus on the positive… once I get a little rant off my chest. I do have much to be grateful for, especially since we’ve had fantastic fall weather. Just yesterday Scott and I enjoyed a mellow bike ride admiring the changing colours in the trees and […]

A few Sundays ago, in anticipation of the Reconciliation Walk my pastor, Ken Shigematsu spoke with humility, wisdom and compassion, asking for forgiveness from those affected by Residential Schooling and the repercussions of colonialism,¬†on behalf of the Christian church. It is so embarrassing and baffling to know that so-called “Christian” people, with not an ounce […]