"...but then history does not only consist of documents."
- John Lukacs
We just got a whole envelope full of thank you notes from the kids that came to visit last week. They are quite literally the cutest things you have ever seen. Lots of pictures of our sheep Badger, mentions of the butter making, blacksmith, and learning about the Mohawk. Guys, these seriously are adorable. I’m going to hang them up around my office
I think I have had my first kick in the bright and shiny rainbows and puppies. I have an automatically updating news feed on my homepage, and made sure to add in local events once I got this job. I think it is important to understand what’s going on in the community, and to decide how we need to adjust what we do to better serve them.
Now, some background. The community I live in, and the one that my museum serves is approximately 155,000 people (according to the 2010 census). As of that same census, around 11% of the population were living below the poverty line. It appears that, according to a recent op-ed in the local paper, 50% of the children in this community are living in poverty.
Right now I’m just feeling a little rattled. My volunteers are worried about Christmas decorations and doll houses. Not that those are bad things. Those are fun things. But how am I supposed to worry about those when the children I serve, that my institution serves, are suffering this much?
Apologies, dearest readers! I went from a crazy/fun/busy summer internship to an even crazier/busier/more fun real, grownup, “big girl” job. Tomorrow will be the end of my third week, and I can tell you that it is going to be really challenging but I think very rewarding. Here’s a rundown of really only a small fraction of what I’ve done so far:
All of this has occurred while trying to get settled into real life. The Adorable Engineer and I are enjoying seeing each other every day, which is a nice. Really nice, after only seeing each other on weekends or holidays, and we haven’t yet attempted to kill each other. I’ve been cooking up a storm, including a half-failed attempt to make pretzel bread reminiscent of some we had last year in DC. I’ve joined a gym, and am in the process of getting all of my official New York documents. It is pretty exciting! Now that I have somewhat found a rhythm, I will get a few posts lined up for you, and actually catch up on some of yours!
Hello dear readers. I want to take a quick moment to apologize to you. I had what we will lightly call an awful week, and this was the ball that got dropped. I will honestly say I am not too sorry, as that meant there were personal life and professional life balls that I kept in the air, but I do feel bad.
Specifically, I apologize for never following through on the Olympics posts. I had a number of people submit suggestions, but never got to the point of putting together voting. I will post those within the next couple of days, so you can see who people wanted and hopefully get some suggestions for new places to visit!
The rest of this week is a personally chaotic one, involving a permanent cross-country move. I can’t promise consistent posting, but I hope once I am settled I will be able to start back up again.
On that note, I always love to hear suggestions. Do you have any questions you want me to attempt to answer?
This is one of the best and funniest things I’ve seen in awhile, and I think it is a really great way to help people connect to modern art. I highly suggest a listen through if you can’t visit the museum.