Librarian Cat

A quaint little corner of the universe named after my cat where I post about books, life, and everything else.

lemonsweetie:

Let me tell you a thing, about an amazing man named Patrick Stewart

I went to Comicpalooza this weekend and I was full of nervous energy as I was standing in line to ask Sir Patrick Stewart a question at his panel. I first had to thank him for a speech he had given at amnesty international about domestic violence towards women . I had only seen it a few months ago but I was still dealing with my own personal experience with a similar issue, and I didn’t know what to call it. After seeing Patrick talk so personally about it I finally was able to correctly call it abuse, in my case sexual abuse that was going to quickly turn into physical abuse as well. I didn’t feel guilty or disgusting anymore. I finally didn’t feel responsible for the abuse that was put upon me. I was finally able to start my healing process and to put that part of my life behind me.

After thanking him I asked him “Besides acting, what are you most proud of that you have done in you life (that you are willing to share with us)?”. Sir Patrick told us about how he couldn’t protect his mother from abuse in his household growing up and so in her name works with an organization called Refuge for safe houses for women and children to escape from abusive house holds. Sir Patrick Stewart learned only last year that his father had actually been suffering from PTSD after he returned from the military and was never properly treated. In his father’s name he works with an organization called Combat Stress to help those soldiers who are suffering from PTSD.

They were about to move onto the next question when Sir Patrick looked at me and asked me “My Dear, are you okay?” I said yes, and that I was finally able to move on from that part of my life. He then passionately said that it is never the woman’s fault in domestic violence, and how wrong to think that it ever is. That it is in the power of men to stop violence towards women. The moderator then asked “Do you want a hug?”

Sir Patrick didn’t even hesitate, he smiled, hopped off the stage and came over to embrace me in a hug. Which he held me there for a long while. He told me “You never have to go through that again, you’re safe now.” I couldn’t stop thanking him. His embrace was so warm and genuine. It was two people, two strangers, supporting and giving love. And when we pulled away he looked strait in my eyes, like he was promising that. He told me to take care. And I will.

Sir Patrick Stewart is an absolute roll model for men. He is an amazing man and was so kind and full of heart. I want to let everyone know to please find help if you are in a violent or abusive house hold or relationship. There are organizations and people ready to help. I had countless people after the panel thanking me for sharing the story and asking him those questions. Many said they went through similar things. You are not alone.

X

^ Here is the video of my question to Sir Patrick Stewart

Photos by Eugene Lee, Thank you

(via spiderine)

When patrons go in for the hug

latefees:

librariansclassified:

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please tell me I’m not alone in this…

I awkwardly turn it into a high five.

I don’t understand why patrons need to touch, hug, or have contact with me. I don’t randomly go up to people in the grocery store and pat them on the shoulder and thank them. Just not a touchy person UNLESS I KNOW YOU PERSONALLY. LIKE, MORE THAN AS A PATRON.

(via librarianish)

javeliner:

think about the concept of a library. that’s one thing that humanity didn’t fuck up. we did a good thing when we made libraries

(via bookworm-goddess)

More medical fun

So, I started having odd symptoms lately. Finally made an appointment after Hubby mentioned that they sounded a lot like the gallbladder symptoms his sister had. Or an ulcer.

Tomorrow I go in and talk to the doctor. I’m a bit nervous and hoping it’s “just” a virus. Granted, when I called and made an appointment, it didn’t seem to bode well that they put me on hold and had a nurse come on and talk to me. One of the first questions she asked was “Do you still have your gallbladder?”

What I don’t like is that I worry about how it looks at work. Gone over the weekend, left early Monday and am gone for two more days. To add to the list of things that haven’t gone right lately - my back keeps acting up and my heel spurs seem to want to come back randomly. And we’re being told to shift books because apparently, they changed plans in the middle of the stream and now we’re shifting things BACK.

I’m a bit cranky. I’ve been inside, and the weather is gorgeous. No rain, the river is receding, and my garden needs to be weeded. And there’s sheep fleece that needs to be taken care of, but I slept, didn’t do much, and hated it. (Okay, it’s not like I would have been able to do much between the feeling like crap and back pain, but I could have at least gone outside and picked some herbs.)

The DIY Couturier: 21 Tips to Keep Your Shit Together When You're Depressed.

rosalindrobertson:

A while ago, I penned a fairly angry response to something circulating on the internet – the 21 Habits of Happy People. It pissed me off beyond belief, that there was an inference that if you weren’t Happy, you simply weren’t doing the right things.

I’ve had depression for as long as I can…

This is a good list. As someone who is dealing with depression, being told to just “be happy” and to “change my outlook” and to be “more optimistic” doesn’t help. It actually makes me feel worse because I’ve tried. Or that day, the depression feels like too much and just making it to work and through the day is about all I can do.

It’s a Moggie Admiration sort of day. I’ve begun the reduced hour weeks at work. Now I just have to get to work 3 minutes earlier and I’ll be alright. Don’t you hate it how you can leave 5 minutes earlier and still be 3 minutes late, because I know I do.

It used to be things were communicated a bit more at work. Just found out today (because I read the meeting minutes) that our YA section is having a grade added to it. In some ways, I think it’s about freaking time. One the other hand, it would be nice it we had way more room in the YA to handle taking on a younger grade than we normally have.

I think I also have to finally finish a book I’ve had out. I’m dragging my feet on finishing it, and I didn’t know why. So, that’s on the agenda for tonight. It’s not that it’s a horrid book, but … it’s not that great. (And yes, this is STILL the same book I’ve been moaning about. I’ve been doing more handcraft stuff, which I can’t do and read at the same time. I’ve also been doing a lot of gardening and cooking book drooling, so, I’ve been reading, but not reading. If that makes sense.)

However, now that I think of it, would I really care if I didn’t finish the book? I do want to know what happens to the main character, but I don’t really care.  So, I’ll finish it tonight and get it back tomorrow, and start Clockwork Princess. As well as refigure my list of books to read. I think C’work P’cess is first up, and then *finally* reading Insurgent and the sequel to Cinder.

thepierglass:

flange5:

My Jareth cookies are finally done! 

I think my favorite things here are the sleeves and collar ruffles.

I’m trying to decide if I want to try out a small etsy shop of fandom cookies. Trying to decide if Pride and Prejudice (Firth/Ehle), Sherlock, Supernatural, Arashi, or Avengers should be next … thoughts, anyone? 

Would anyone actually want to buy cookies like these? What pricing seems reasonable?

Next cookie design suggestions//requests?

I hate to be the one to point this out, but I feel this cookie’s crotch is insufficiently… um… bulge-y. Cookie codpiece is needed. 

These are awesome! Almost wouldn’t want to eat one because it’s a loverly piece of art. :)

(via themonicabird)



artdirections:

5 Ways to be a Happier CreativeWe all know the tortured artist schtick. To be honest, I can be a downer sometimes myself, but I think it would be terrible for us to all perpetuate the idea that being creative and miserable are mutually exclusive.So here’s to being creative and actually enjoying it:1. Refuse to See Your Entire Life Either as a Success or a FailureThe idea here is to never buy into the lie that your life is either successful or failing in terms of your creative output. Think of the most successful creative person you can, if you look closely you can see a series of successes and failures. The best way for me to look at the creative life is as a series of projects which can be successful in some ways and fail in other ways. For instance, some projects are really successful in the development of your skill but not financially advantageous. Also, don’t believe that there is some level of success where you have now “arrived” or attained a level of success which can never been denied to you, like being hailed a “creative genius” with endless financial gain, forever. I could tell you many examples of artists and musicians who seem like they have “arrived”  with one project and then completely fail the next. 2. Make Something EverydayWill Bryant says something like, “I make stuff because if I don’t I get sad”. A silly and profound statement. Last year I did a daily drawing project where I created a new character every weekday. I found this statement to ring very true.This practice gave me a sense of creative productivity every single day, which is a serious morale booster. Even if you don’t show anyone, it can help you feel prolific and unlimited in your creative abilities, which in turn increases your confidence.3. Be AuthenticThis is huge. Many people have done amazing things in creativity and have received many rewards, successes and prizes for them. So there is a lot of incentive for YOU to be THEM. But the trick is knowing the truth: you CAN’T be them. Trying to be something you are not will make you feel like an old sock. You already know this, but I thought I’d remind you.4. Know Your PurposeShooting aimlessly into the dark can feel like…shooting aimlessly into the dark. Your purpose doesn’t have to be mind meltingly important. I like the humble yet ambitious purpose the great Debbie Millman has taken upon herself to “try to make the supermarket more beautiful”. Try to clarify what you want to achieve overall so that everything you do has a sense of purpose. Purpose equals meaning, and to most creatives I know, a sense of meaning is why they want to make art and why they DO NOT want to work in a factory.5. Address and Defeat Your FearsThat dreadful fear is a bully that is killing your soul and it should be stood up to. Listen to it, don’t ignore it. Hear what it’s actually saying and then dismantle it. Talk to someone about it openly, if the fear is tied to reality, then face it and take it down with integrity. If it’s all lies, all smoke and mirrors then let it disappear in the cloud of smoke that it is. If you are doing super boring unadventurous work, you won’t have any fears at all…but who wants to do that?Hope this makes you a bit happier today. - Andy J. MillerP.S. To tackle the piling up questions here on this tumblr I have started taking on 1 hour video creative coaching, for more info click here.

Thank you Andy ! I needed these reminders today. 

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

Reblogging so I can find this later.

artdirections:

5 Ways to be a Happier Creative

We all know the tortured artist schtick. To be honest, I can be a downer sometimes myself, but I think it would be terrible for us to all perpetuate the idea that being creative and miserable are mutually exclusive.

So here’s to being creative and actually enjoying it:

1. Refuse to See Your Entire Life Either as a Success or a Failure
The idea here is to never buy into the lie that your life is either successful or failing in terms of your creative output. Think of the most successful creative person you can, if you look closely you can see a series of successes and failures.

The best way for me to look at the creative life is as a series of projects which can be successful in some ways and fail in other ways. For instance, some projects are really successful in the development of your skill but not financially advantageous.

Also, don’t believe that there is some level of success where you have now “arrived” or attained a level of success which can never been denied to you, like being hailed a “creative genius” with endless financial gain, forever. I could tell you many examples of artists and musicians who seem like they have “arrived”  with one project and then completely fail the next.

2. Make Something Everyday
Will Bryant says something like, “I make stuff because if I don’t I get sad”. A silly and profound statement. Last year I did a daily drawing project where I created a new character every weekday. I found this statement to ring very true.

This practice gave me a sense of creative productivity every single day, which is a serious morale booster. Even if you don’t show anyone, it can help you feel prolific and unlimited in your creative abilities, which in turn increases your confidence.

3. Be Authentic
This is huge. Many people have done amazing things in creativity and have received many rewards, successes and prizes for them. So there is a lot of incentive for YOU to be THEM. But the trick is knowing the truth: you CAN’T be them. Trying to be something you are not will make you feel like an old sock. You already know this, but I thought I’d remind you.

4. Know Your Purpose
Shooting aimlessly into the dark can feel like…shooting aimlessly into the dark. Your purpose doesn’t have to be mind meltingly important. I like the humble yet ambitious purpose the great Debbie Millman has taken upon herself to “try to make the supermarket more beautiful”.

Try to clarify what you want to achieve overall so that everything you do has a sense of purpose. Purpose equals meaning, and to most creatives I know, a sense of meaning is why they want to make art and why they DO NOT want to work in a factory.

5. Address and Defeat Your Fears
That dreadful fear is a bully that is killing your soul and it should be stood up to. Listen to it, don’t ignore it. Hear what it’s actually saying and then dismantle it. Talk to someone about it openly, if the fear is tied to reality, then face it and take it down with integrity. If it’s all lies, all smoke and mirrors then let it disappear in the cloud of smoke that it is. If you are doing super boring unadventurous work, you won’t have any fears at all…but who wants to do that?

Hope this makes you a bit happier today.

- Andy J. Miller

P.S. To tackle the piling up questions here on this tumblr I have started taking on 1 hour video creative coaching, for more info click here.

Thank you Andy ! I needed these reminders today. 

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

Reblogging so I can find this later.

(Source: artdirections, via dduane)

faggotwbu:

malibu-cali:

sw4nlake:

enqlishwbu:

RULE 1 OF TUMBLR: Must reblog the creator every time he appears on your dash.

bby

if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have met some of the best people I have in my life right now.

^

Oy… He appeared again. Sorry. I’m a wannabe librarian. I’m not generally a rule breaker.

faggotwbu:

malibu-cali:

sw4nlake:

enqlishwbu:

RULE 1 OF TUMBLR: Must reblog the creator every time he appears on your dash.

bby

if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have met some of the best people I have in my life right now.

^

Oy… He appeared again. Sorry. I’m a wannabe librarian. I’m not generally a rule breaker.

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questionromanova:

sillyarms:

marththebland:

vagiqua:

Rule #1 of Tumblr:
you must reblog our creator whenever he comes up on your dash

david karp looks through the notes of this post, puts all the urls he sees onto the safe list, then deletes the rest of the blogs. reblogging this post is like when the jews put the lamb’s blood on their doorposts so the angel of death wouldn’t kill their firstborns.

Must reblog for that comment

That comment, my God.. 

I have no firstborns, and am not the firstborn. However, he may decide to take my cat instead. I can not let that happen. Moggie must live.

questionromanova:

sillyarms:

marththebland:

vagiqua:

Rule #1 of Tumblr:

you must reblog our creator whenever he comes up on your dash

david karp looks through the notes of this post, puts all the urls he sees onto the safe list, then deletes the rest of the blogs. reblogging this post is like when the jews put the lamb’s blood on their doorposts so the angel of death wouldn’t kill their firstborns.

Must reblog for that comment

That comment, my God.. 

I have no firstborns, and am not the firstborn. However, he may decide to take my cat instead. I can not let that happen. Moggie must live.

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