TBT – National Poetry Month : 30 in 30

April in National Poetry Month.

From Jared:

Thirty//Thirty 2014 04/30: Flipping

I journey back
through the past
few pages
and wonder:

“Where do I come up with this stuff?”


2/30 – Santa Ynez in the Good Land

So, some friars walk into a Starbucks —

“Does this have caffeine in it?” One brother asks with a smile.

“Have you seen the light of Christ?” Another asks.

“..one of us is from California, and then we have New York, Florida, New Jersey…”

“I think the practices of the Buddhist monk are beautiful.” Nods another in conversation with a water colorist.

“I believe in coffee.”

1/30 – Missed Connections


You were the surfer in shorts concerned that the water was cold and I was the woman going to watch the sunset at Campus Point. You had a nice smile and thought I went to UCSB.

I hope you caught at least one wave before bailing.

The sunset was perfect.

Usually I don’t participate in writing challenges, but I don’t know – the 2017 poetry month challenge felt good for this year. Especially as a way for me to document my new times in California.

My New Employer Requested a Few Introductory Sentences to Distribute to the Staff – So this is what I wrote:

“Hello! I was born and raised in the New Jersey and am now trading in the Atlantic Ocean for the Pacific. I have worked in a variety of libraries for the last 10 years in a variety of capacities across Pennsylvania and New Jersey – one of which made a cameo in a movie. I love coffee, running, cozy mysteries, podcasts, and apps (both the food kind and the digital kind). I believe that patience is essential when interacting with technology, and I look forward to getting to know all of you and the Santa Barbara community.”

Currently – 2/17

So proud of my goodgood podcast-turned-streaming media platform boys.

listening :: On Being and the new era of The Splendid Table (soon) ;

reading :: Mockingbird: I Can Explain and A Bee in Her Bonnet;

eating :: iced coffee and a leftover bagel;

making :: empty boxes be not-so empty and marinated chicken (yay, freezer clean-out);

thinking :: about switching up my WordPress theme (there’s a lot of un-editable theme features that bug me), on wrapping loose-ends, my new job, and starting the address/accounts change process;

loving :: these pens (I found one in the library last week and I’ve been in love since) and Whole Foods iced matcha;

looking ahead :: to the next 14 days being next-level bonkers. Tally-ho!

What are you guys up?

TBT – To Walk Or Not To Walk

This is an old post I found in my drafts – a blast from the past. Spoiler alert: I walked in my graduate commencement and I am happy that I did.

Lately, I have been going back and forth about walking at my graduate school’s commencement. Since I graduated in December (or January 2014 says my transcript and diploma) and there is no ceremony then, I have the option to walk at the university-wide ceremony in May. In the football stadium. Robed and regaliaed — the whole nine yards.

Do I want that?

With walking at commencement comes the changing of work schedules (of course I am scheduled to work THAT Sunday), inviting family, and buying regalia on a post-grad budget. Most of the librarians I work with didn’t walk for theirs’, for reasons like work, family, or indifference. For me, I am weighing what the trip and the process of getting to graduation will be like the heaviest. There is one road in and one road out for a graduation from a Big Ten* university. I can already hear my mother arguing with the GPS already…

But, I am a person of pomp and circumstance. I like beginnings and endings, and I would love to walk with all of my classmates who are graduating this semester (or did so last semester with me.) My college graduation went by so quickly and I don’t feel a particular affinity for my program, but seeing them again would be excellent.

I polled the Tumblrians about this as well. They are great for anecdote-based points. Their stories were as colorful as my coworkers, but were similar in the conclusion that it is all up to me. Lemon Yellow is my favorite color…

Did you walk at any of your graduations? Would you change your choice?

*Utilizing this term to fully describe the magnitude of the university-wide graduation.