Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ash Wednesday in the Stacks


This morning I went to the stacks and held a brief religious service. (St. Francis preached to the birds and the beasts, so I can preach to the books.) I addressed my congregation of volumes – sitting still and attentive – with the only words appropriate for this morning.

You are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

I’ve written more than a time or two about my take on impermanence and mortality, so I’ll spare you that spiel, except to say that these things we preserve, and we who do the preserving last but a brief moment – and all is well.

A Conservator Ponders Impermanence (on Preservation & Conservation Administration News)



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