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pinks and greens

summertime growth

a time of growth, regrowth, renaissance, hard work, learning, growing, absorbing, etc.

this week, which feels like it started today even though it’s Sunday, is going to be a busy one.

Milwaukee cousins!

today i was so glad that a Milwaukee-based fam-member, Freddi (3rd cousin once removed), gave me a call because she was in town for a quick visit.

please forgive the sloppy obscuring... photoshop tutorials are coming later this summer... :-)

please forgive the sloppy obscuring of living folks… photoshop tutorials are coming later this summer… 🙂

our relationship is clear as mud, eh? basically her mom and my grandma — well their grandmothers Brauna and Chana were sisters. our common descendants were Mondral sisters (Brauna and Chana) whose kids (Ben SEGALL ne LOPATKA and Leo STEIN ne Szafirsztejn, among many other LOPATKA and STEINs), cousins from Radzanów, Poland, came to Milwaukee from Poland together. there is another sister, Shaindel, who are also part of the mass exodus from Radzanów, Poland to Milwaukee from abt 1885 to 1939….

basically this is my paternal mom’s branch of Segall and Stein families in Milwaukee.

Radzanów (Mława County‎), Poland

Radzanów (Mława County‎), Poland (cribbed from Google Maps)

i don’t usually like to post pics of myself — find the selfie fad to be fundamentally disturbing — but i loved seeing Freddi and i’m smiling like an idiot here so enjoy a rare glimpse.

me and cousin Freddi at Broadway Bagel in my hood

me (left) and cousin Freddi at Broadway Bagel in my hood

Broadway Bagel has these mounds of cream cheese, sort of awesome and very New York.

Broadway Bagel mounds 'o cream cheese

Broadway Bagel mounds ‘o cream cheese: very Strawberry! (and scallion, i think)

reminds me of the New York chain of Strawberry stores

very Straw-berry! the Strawberry clothes store, of New York City fame

very Straw-berry!
Strawberry clothes store,
of New York City fame

so spending a couple hours catching up with Freddi sort of restarted something fundmental in me. i don’t want to say my faith in humanity is restored or anything quite so dramatic, but when i meet up with people who are so clearly mishpucha of loveliness, well it’s a magical thing for me.

it also means in addition to my other summer projects, i’m going to re-focus on the family genealogy. first priority is going to be Frank’s of course (hope he’s doing okay). but then also the Milwaukee branch, who i just love completely.

rest of week plans…

so the rest of the week will be busy.

InDesign CS6

Adobe InDesign (splash page)

Adobe InDesign CS6 (purty logo / splash page)

i am finally sitting down to learn Adobe InDesign CS6. bless you Lynda.com for making tutorials that may take me forever to get through (i get distracted by shiny objects) but are comprehensive and informative.

BagIt/Bagger at METRO

i missed the in-person workshop on File fixity and checksum tools (but got the course materials that i will go over after the InDesign deal).

this Tuesday will be METRO’s BagIt/Bagger workshop. these great workshops are part of the Keeping Collections series, and are excellent. there will be an ExifTool workshop in July that i’m planning on attending.

June 18 (Tuesday) – BagIt & Bagger

July 16 (Tuesday) – ExifTool

MODS

also this week, in a longer, all-day format, is a MODS workshop called “Using MODS to Describe Cultural Heritage Resources.”

am a little gunshy about attending a cataloging workshop because i have such a low comfort-level with description — haven’t flexed that muscle in any significant sense since taking classes in grad school with the awesome Rick Block. so in other words, no real life experience. but i think that i need to just go and absorb and allow myself to have cataloging anxiety. i hope to surprise myself.

MODS stands for Metadata Object Description Schema and was developed at the Library of Congress. the MODS website is here.

continuing efforts

so this week will be intensive skilling up. i need to contact temp agencies and head hunters but i would like to be able to truthfully say i have a familiarity — even if it’s at an Essentials / beginner level — with InDesign. it seems to be a mandatory requirement in addition to Microsoft Office, for word processing jobs in NYC these days. at least for jobs that pay enough for me to work 3 to 4 days a week while i job search and/or work on my passion projects and figure out my future. you know, small stuff!

music discovery of awesomeness ‘o the week!

new Mando Saenz record is out and it is WONDERFUL. produced by Mark Nevers and featuring great folks like Bobby Bare, Jr. and Kim Richey. highly recommend. so so worth it. talented singer-songwriter with a velvet smooth voice.

okay, just wanted to check in here in blog-land. going back to the salt mines of learning! yay….? oy.