Public librarian.
Retired journalist,
aspiring magician.
Western Mass.

So that’s finished.

New friends, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury, VT. October 2014.

White Mountains National Forest, 1939. Photograph by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration.

Climbing Mt. Hale, the Willey Range, and Mt. Carrigain this weekend to finish up the 48 4,000 footers of New Hampshire.

White Mountains National Forest, 1939. Photograph by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration.

Climbing Mt. Hale, the Willey Range, and Mt. Carrigain this weekend to finish up the 48 4,000 footers of New Hampshire.

School shuts down student newspaper

My high school administration shut down the student newspaper this year and cut the production class from the curriculum. They’re moving to an online-only format that will be produced by an afterschool club, but this is such a loss for students writing and editing the publication, and for those reading it. Working on the newspaper was definitely the highlight of my time in high school. We had so much fun, so much freedom, and spent so many hours after school in Pagemaker. The production class was the only time in my schedule where learning was truly student-directed. Our advisor let us fail, held us accountable for our mistakes, and stood by us when it mattered most. It was so rewarding to produce a real, physical product, and to see my name in print. I led a staff for the first time. I went to New York City without my parents for the first time. I voiced my opinions publicly for the first time. The Talon even led me, somewhat circuitously, to my work in libraries. Long live The Talon.

And then I went to a watch museum.

And then I went to a watch museum.

That kind of day when you campaign to your administration to raise the fine threshold for blocking computer access, and the trustees decide to remove the policy altogether.

Stormy day on Bondcliff.

Stormy day on Bondcliff.

Plan for the weekend: a 40-mile loop through the Pemigewasset Wilderness.

Plan for the weekend: a 40-mile loop through the Pemigewasset Wilderness.

Vacation scenes.

Pallas Athena at the Springfield Central Library. Photo by Don Treeger for The Republican.

Springfield Libraries show marked increase in patrons and dollars. More great press for the Springfield City Library!

Pallas Athena at the Springfield Central Library. Photo by Don Treeger for The Republican.

Springfield Libraries show marked increase in patrons and dollars. More great press for the Springfield City Library!