Today we learned all about the history of the beginnings of white English people settling the “new world” at the Jamestown settlement which is a full on archeological site with ongoing research. It was really interesting. Everyone seemed to enjoy it and the weather was perfect with partly cloudy days in the low eighties. This is the first time that I have ever been to this part of the country and didn’t really know anything about it. I seem to be enjoying this trip more than my wife who seems to be going back and forth being looking mildly annoyed to full on miserable since we arrived.
I mentioned it to her his afternoon and she quickly retorted that it was the same when we are visiting my parents… That I get equally annoyed hanging out with my parents. I just smiled but thought yeah when we are with my family both of us are equally miserable.

About to touch ground in Richmond, VA starting off a short vacation that I’m not particularly excited about doing.  My wife and I call these things family obligation vacations and it seems like this is the majority of vacations that we ever take.

Every year it is the same struggle and pull and guilt trips from our parents wanting to see their grandkids and hangout. And every year our preciously limited vacation days and dollars are rapidly appropriated by family demands.   And several of the trips are bankrolled by my in-laws so it is difficult to say no, this trip included.

This just really made my day! I can’t help but share it everywhere.

There’s been so many moments of doubt along the way with this project, little wins like this make all the difference



Here’s Why We Need to Protect Public Libraries

We live in a “diverse and often fractious country,” writes Robert Dawson, but there are some things that unite us—among them, our love of libraries. “A locally governed and tax-supported system that dispenses knowledge and information for everyone throughout the country at no cost to its patrons is an astonishing thing,” the photographer writes in the introduction to his book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay. “It is a shared commons of our ambitions, our dreams, our memories, our culture, and ourselves.”

But what do these places look like? Over the course of 18 years, Dawson found out. Inspired by “the long history of photographic survey projects,” he traveled thousands of miles and photographed hundreds of public libraries in nearly all 50 states. Looking at the photos, the conclusion is unavoidable: American libraries are as diverse as Americans. They’re large and small, old and new, urban and rural, and in poor and wealthy communities. Architecturally, they represent a range of styles, from the grand main branch of the New York Public Library to the humble trailer that serves as a library in Death Valley National Park, the hottest place on Earth. “Because they’re all locally funded, libraries reflect the communities they’re in,” Dawson said in an interview. “The diversity reflects who we are as a people.”

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We love libraries!! 

Public libraries!

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