Planning a Fatherless Wedding

Wedding planning without a father. There isn’t a lot that needs explaining, because weddings are so patri-centric and you don’t really notice it until you don’t have one anymore. I had a lot of questions. Who will walk me down the aisle? What about the father-daughter dance (you know, because there isn’t one?) Who will my mom sit with? Will this be weird because my fiancé … Continue reading Planning a Fatherless Wedding

Walking Philadelphia like it’s 1793

Yellow Fever has always been one of my research interests — specifically, the Yellow Fever outbreak in Philadelphia in 1793. So when I got a chance to visit Philadelphia for the first time for a professional librarian’s conference, I could not say no. The conference was Tuesday to Thursday, but I was arriving a day early to explore the city and particular spots of interest: … Continue reading Walking Philadelphia like it’s 1793

A Night on the Town

Tuesday, April 18 Vegas, the DisneyWorld of adults, is in the middle of nowhere. How did someone decide to build a gambling city and ultimate vacation spot here? Well, it was originally chosen by the Church of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) to build a fort between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. In the mid-1800s, however, the fort was abandoned, though its remains remain. Las Vegas … Continue reading A Night on the Town

Big Texas Everything: Did you know you’re in Texas?

Friday, April 14, 2017. For the few days before our trip, I was in a funny mood. I’d decided for some ungodly reason to try and read everything I could about the Cheshire Home Invasion just a few days before our trip. I still feel nauseous and terrible when I think about it, even after trying to flush it out of my system with every … Continue reading Big Texas Everything: Did you know you’re in Texas?

Saguaros only Grow in Arizona!

“Saguaros only grow in Arizona, did you know that?” No I didn’t. The more you know! Thanks Uber driver! Thursday, February 16 We had a looooooong drive to Charlotte, and then from there, a four-ish hour flight to Denver, landing at 10:30 a.m. And once there? Not only had we gone back two hours, we discovered that our next flight left at 3:30 p.m. “It … Continue reading Saguaros only Grow in Arizona!

Between the Smokies & Infinite Stairs

Saturday, Feb. 11 We left only a day after a huge snowstorm. You know the type, if you’re from New England – blinding, whiteout winds and bitter cold dropping over 15 inches of snow in just a few hours, and you’re torn between standing in your warm house, cooking pancakes and bacon, and getting out there to shovel. Well. After SIX HOURS of plowing and … Continue reading Between the Smokies & Infinite Stairs