favourite photos of 2016

This past year has been a productive one for my photography. I made an active effort to carve out small pockets of space and time to take more photos. I took walks around my neighbourhood and campus and brought along my camera. I treated trips like creative assignments, like when I shot a road trip to Banff completely in black and white. I actually sat down with the manual for my Fujifilm x20 and put in a few hours learning how the different settings translated into imagery. Spending time with friends and family offered ample subject matter and, just as important, offered lessons in knowing when to put the camera down and enjoy the company.

I selected my favourite ten photos of the year. Most of them are candid portraits of my inner circles or shots of places on my commute to class or work. Next year I want to work more with staging shots and more elaborate setups. I have a colourful portrait series I’m cooking up and I’d like to photograph some of my knits outside.Read More »

101 Things in 1001 Days

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I love setting goals, fresh starts, and new beginnings. Choosing a New Years resolution is one of my favourite things about January. The 101 Things in 1001 Days is exactly what it sounds like: you create a list of 101 goals and you complete them within 1001 days. The “101 in 1001” challenge isn’t new, or new to me. I had a few renditions during my days over at LiveJournal. You can read one of my previous lists here and find the original goal setting community over at Day Zero.

My current 101 in 1001 begins today on Saturday, December 3, 2016 and will run until Saturday, August 31, 2019

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“A love for books and a love for people”: a call to action

 [a preamble: This post was originally written for a class assignment that asked us to respond to the following video from 1947 and how librarianship has changed. My TA didn’t care for what I had written and challenged me on several parts, specifically on prioritizing resources for at-risk patrons over curated reading lists, and if specifically reading books by BIPOC authors made a difference. While I’m sure she had her reasons, I don’t think they’re good enough to justify the gatekeeping and whitewashing of library collections and services that happens too often. As someone who holds some authority from my position in the world, I aim to use it and to use it well.]

In this short film from 1947, librarians are defined by two qualifications in a snappy catchphrase that could have been grabbed from modern ad copy: a love for books and a love for people. Librarians are described as “radiating [this love of books and of people] to the public” through their ultimate task of “bringing books and people together.”Read More »

redecorating, sort of

This past weekend I found myself wishing I had a place to write about the things that I think and talk about most often, the books and essays I read, the things I make with my own two hands, the topics I research for work and school and my own morbid curiosity, faith and what that includes and looks like… and then I remembered that I had a blog. HA!

I suppose this is a sort of friendly general announcement that I’ll be shifting the content here. I don’t want to focus so much on my professional interests, though libraries and information permeate pretty much everything I think and do all the time so it won’t be far away. Expect to hear about slow movements and living waste free, God and modesty and theology, the political and the personal, creativity and intersectional feminism, and lots of other stuff.