Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Weekly smile, University of Michigan style


I’ve had plenty to smile about this week: Sunday we were at a retirement party in Illinois, Monday we flew home to our own beds and a lovely night’s sleep. And Tuesday the princess arrived home from camp, fully loaded for fun.

But I think the weekly official smile for the week goes to the University of Michigan who put on a lovely function at the graduate library Thursday night.

University of Michigan Library hosted a lovely event.

I graduated from UM with my library science degree (from the School of Information, I always thought that was an odd name, aren’t all schools full of information?) eleven years ago. Back in the day I spent plenty of hours at the graduate library, so it was fun to visit again.

But first, before we go to the library, let me take you to Matthaei Botanical Gardens, also part of the University, where my aunt and I wandered in the conservatory for a bit before dinner.

Always something in bloom.

It was a rainy, windy day so we enjoyed the warmth of the jungle room…

I don’t know what this was, but it was pretty.

…and the dry heat of the desert room too.

Unique plant with an odd flower.

After our quick walk through the conservatory and a light supper we headed over to Hatcher, the graduate library. The program was a thank you to library donors, where they shared some of their special treasures, things not generally out for display.

Note the cookbook for men.

There was music from the 16th century…

Harpsichord and cello.

…and yummy sweet potato pudding interpreted from an 1886 recipe by Malinda Russell. And yes, they gave us both the original recipe and the specifics for the one we enjoyed.

Very very good.

There was lots and lots of old music, even an original page of handwritten music by Hyden! (I was so amazed at that I forgot to get a picture.)

Sheet music..some of which I might just remember as a kid. Not admitting that out loud though.

We looked at old maps, and a big book filled with Audubon art.

Huge and beautifully done.

It was a lovely evening, and it felt so good to be back in the University Library again. I’m pretty sure I could happily be a professional student.

And in the morning the sun came up from beneath rain clouds and touched the top of the walnut trees in my aunt’s backyard.

The tops of the trees glowed.

And every needle of the spruce tree was etched in sun.

Details etched in light.

And over our shoulders a rainbow hung above Ann Arbor.

Just a touch of a rainbow in the morning sky.

All of it combined made me smile even wider.

The lights of the University Diag.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

14 thoughts on “Weekly smile, University of Michigan style

  1. Sounds and looks nice, even if it does have to do with that unmentionable place… Honestly, even though I went to OSU, I always thought school rivalries were carried a bit too far (a lot too far!), but it is always fun to tease Michigan fans 😉

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  2. Oh, those gorgeous trees! I thought those were lifesavers on that plant in the desert room! How strangely beautiful it is. Glad you had such a fun night, Dawn. And that the princess is home. Mostly that the princess is home…


    • We thought they looked like lifesavers too! 🙂 Yes, the princess is home, and snoring gently next to me now. We’ve been to one park so far. It’s much cooler now, it was 44 this morning when I went out. She’s loving that.

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  3. Oh how nice and many smiles!!


  4. Libraries and Librarians are the best. 🙂


  5. What fun! I’d have been content looking at and listening to all that music, though if truth be told, I, too, could have been a professional student (if somebody else had paid the bills, ha!)

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  7. I can imagine how broadly all this would have made you smile. I loved the covers of the music.


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