On Music, or Leonard Bernstein Is AWESOME!

The title says it all: Leonard Bernstein is AWESOME. My mom would play classical music whenever I was sick as a kid, Vivaldi’s Greatest Hits or something like that, because she said it was calming. I’d sit or lay there and listen. And think about it. People, apparently, took this sitting and listening (and thinking) as a sign of “Yep. She’s calm,” but I didn’t think any … Continue reading On Music, or Leonard Bernstein Is AWESOME!

On Awkward silences, or How To Kill A Conversation In Three Words

Want to know the easiest way to kill any form of verbal conversation at a professional meeting, conference, or convention? Tell your fellow attendees that you’re a housewife! Last summer I applied for (and received!) a spontaneous scholarship to attend the Society of American Archivists’ annual meeting in Washington, DC. Things worked out, my husband took a day off work to watch the kids, and I was … Continue reading On Awkward silences, or How To Kill A Conversation In Three Words

On Archiving While Exhausted, or Free-Flowing Thoughts on File Names

I have a knack for making things harder than they need be. I’m going through photo files on my computer. I’m not using any particular program, proprietary or otherwise, to organize the mess. Just a series of folders. I used to use the iPhoto that came with my computer, but I hated feeling like I had little control over the organization of imported files. So, I … Continue reading On Archiving While Exhausted, or Free-Flowing Thoughts on File Names

On the Sounds of Nothing, or Why I No Longer Hate Seinfeld

My husband is putting the kids to bed tonight. It’s my night off, a New Year’s gift of calm, rest, and relaxation. A night off. Many parents don’t get this luxury. I am savoring it with the coffee my Reddit Secret Santa sent me. I’m with my kids every minute of every day, but tonight I’m spending New Year’s Eve on my own. Bliss. The … Continue reading On the Sounds of Nothing, or Why I No Longer Hate Seinfeld