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Last updated August 22, 2023.

Adventure and Rest

My phrase for 2023 is “Adventure and Rest.”

I spent from mid-January through late May of 2023 traveling Europe with my husband, W., a 2022-2023 Fulbright-Schuman Scholar, and our 6-year-old son, M. That was four months devoted to adventure.

Now I’m focusing on rest: taking naps, reading books, playing video games, letting ambition take a back seat to nourishments.


I’m working remotely researching interest-driven learning in libraries as a postdoctoral scholar for the Connected Learning Lab at UC Irvine. That contract ends in January. I’m in the process of returning to my consulting/freelance business as a scholar-librarian, lining up work for when that contract ends.

Currently Watching 📺

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Currently Playing 🎮

Octopath Traveler, Pikmin 1

Currently Reading 📚

Cover for The Collected SchizophreniasThe Collected Schizophrenias
by Esmé Weijun Wang

Cover for Final GirlFinal Girl
by Kelly Baker

Cover for remembered raptureremembered rapture
by bell hooks

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I acknowledge that I live and work on unceded Lumbee, Skaruhreh/Tuscarora, Cheraw, Catawba, Saponi, Occaneechi, and Shakori land. I give respect and reverence to those who came before me. I thank Holisticism for the text of this land acknowledgement.

We must acknowledge that much of what we know of this country today, including its culture, economic growth, and development throughout history and across time, has been made possible by the labor of enslaved Africans and their ascendants who suffered the horror of the transatlantic trafficking of their people, chattel slavery, and Jim Crow. We are indebted to their labor and their sacrifice, and we must acknowledge the tremors of that violence throughout the generations and the resulting impact that can still be felt and witnessed today. I thank Dr. Terah ‘TJ’ Stewart for the text of this labor acknowledgement.