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DirLead, day 1

Yesterday I voted at Fawn Mountain School—my first election in Ketchikan—and then headed to the airport. I was waiting for the airport ferry when a woman with a kind face said to me, “Are you the new library director?” “Yes,” … Continue reading

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Hurricane Marilyn

Twenty-two years ago this week, I was living in St. Thomas, working at the Ralph M. Paiewonsky Library at the University of the Virgin Islands.  For the 2 ½ years that I’d lived on the island, I’d heard horror stories … Continue reading

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Kaleidoscopic reading

When I’m stressed or nervous about something, I often listen to radio or a book to get to sleep at night.  It has to be words, not music—something to get me thinking about something else than what is making me … Continue reading

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I admire Monica Lewinsky

24 hours ago I would not have said this. I, with many millions of others, thought of her as a celebrity, little more than a cartoon character. The young, bubble-headed woman who behaved inappropriately with President Bill Clinton back in … Continue reading

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Ketchikan Library use, 2013-2016

This is the report distributed to the Ketchikan City Council for their March 16, 2017 meeting, and cited in a subsequent KRBD story: Background At the Joint Ketchikan Gateway Borough-City of Ketchikan Cooperative Relations Committee meeting of February 10, 2017, the … Continue reading

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And now for something …

… completely different. I finally did it—I purchased an Ancestry.com DNA test and sent it in.  I just received the results and there were no surprises—at least no surprises in the past few generations. According to the DNA analysis, our … Continue reading

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Ketchikan – Week 1

Tomorrow morning it will have been one week since I drove off the ferry. Because it was New Year’s Day, not many places were open.  I called the Inn at Creek Street, where I reserved a room for two nights … Continue reading

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