Deciphering old labels.
"I need your help! Call me back!" The sister’s voice on the other end of the voicemail sounded urgent. I dialed the number. No answer.
Don’t mind me, just using some Internet search jujitsu to hunt down former nuns for their former students.
That was awful. I just want a nap now.
When Islamist rebels set fire to two libraries in Timbuktu earlier this year, many feared the city’s treasure trove of ancient manuscripts had been destroyed. But many of the texts had already been removed from the buildings and were at that very moment being smuggled out of the city, under the rebels’ noses.
“These manuscripts are really precious to us. They are family heirlooms. Our history, our heritage,” says Dr Abdel Kader Haidara, owner of one of Timbuktu’s biggest private libraries, containing manuscripts dating back to the 16th Century.
“In our family there have been generations and generations of great scholars, great astronomers, and we have always looked after these documents.”
When Islamist rebels took over Timbuktu last year, looking after the documents began to look like an impossible task…
— Virginia Woolf (via wordpainting)
At least, nothing that is newer than say… 30 years. A lot changes in hospitals in 30 years!!
Luckily, I have made one sister promise me to take a picture of the actual BUILDING when she goes down there in July.
I’m helping to moderate a Sister Skype Meeting. It’s so much fun to be a fly on the wall.
They’re becoming such Skype pros!
- Other Nuns
- Other clergy
- Unspecified events
- Patients in their hospitals
- Equipment at their hospitals
- Rooms in their hospitals
Things Nuns do NOT think to Photograph:
- The hospital BUILDING itself
(Of course, this is evidence of what is actually important to a Franciscan nun. Very admirable and sweet, but a logistical nightmare when you’re trying to find relevant photos to include in a video project.)
I’m on Tumblr, yet I forget my manners all the time and neglect to say HI!
So, hello sweeties! Welcome!
The archivist in me says, “My stuff!! Mine!! Stay away from it!!”
The librarian in me says, “Information to the people!!!”
1. Debated/placated a sister over a difference of opinion in spelling.
2. Wrangled information out of the Boss Nun on two different topics.
3. Scanned and submitted an unidentified sister to the newsletter. (Do you know this nun??)
4. Wrangled a communications director over a video with incorrect information.
5. Met with a woman over a potential donation of photos. (She had the wrong congregation.)
And it’s only 1:15.
Now I can finally go back to some actual line arranging. Maybe.