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“ Maybe our world doesn’t have magical owls that bring you invitations to go on adventures, but it does have libraries. ”
Andrew Slack – co-founder and Executive Director of the Harry Potter Alliance – in his keynote yesterday at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting (via thehpalliance)
“ My daughter had a friend named Max. She told me Fight Club is his favorite movie. I told her never to talk to Max again. ”
“ Barnes & Noble is a big store with more titles than I could possibly read. But reading wasn’t the point. Not really. It was the experience of being with books. With so many words, neatly stacked on shelves, all around me – no filing cabinets, no warrants to stamp – I was home. The books, the ones I didn’t even read, saved me, just by being there, just by being books. ”
“ Correspondingly, Americans are working more hours than ever. But we are actually earning less. Thus, busy has become the new norm. In fact, if you’re not busy, especially in today’s workplace, you’re often thought of as lazy, unproductive, inefficient, a waste of space. For me, however, busy is a curse word. I grimace whenever someone accuses me of being busy; my facial features contorting and writhing in mock pain. I respond to this accusation the same way each time: ”I’m not busy, I’m focused.” ”
“ Librarians with personal commitment, a “code,” do not play follow the leader. They do not take orders as hacks, apologists, or nitpickers. Their responsibility is not to any power structure at all, but to the patron and to the profession. True professionalism implies evolution, if not revolution; those who “profess” a calling have certain goals and standards for improving existence, which necessarily means moving, shaking, transforming it. ”
“ A lot of different men will come on as day players or guest parts, and I recognize that there’s a certain strength that I have now, or a certain command that I have being one of the leads on the show that I hadn’t had before…. Just owning that space and not being expected, as a woman, to shrink, or curtsy, or any of those sort of things. ”
When you discuss the wage gap, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Only white women make $0.77 to a man’s dollar.
- Black women make about $0.68 to a man’s dollar.
- Latina women make about $0.58 to a man’s dollar.
“ Van Gogh once wrote, “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” You can replace the word paint with any dream we might pursue. There will always be conflicting voices within us—those that whisper about the great dreams waiting to be realized and those that scream that we lack the talent or capacity to achieve them. Part of that process is deciding which voices will inform us. ”
Erwin Raphael McManus (via ehbeesea3)