Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Coffee Talk: Sickness, Faith, and How to Deal with the Police

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’d like to welcome you to Coffee Talk. In case you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

So grab a cup of coffee {or tea or whatever floats your boat} and let’s talk…

1. Can we talk about the Ebola situation? Part of me thinks it’s another manufactured epidemic to keep the focus off the “real” issues, but another part of me is like, ummmm, why haven’t we stopped people from returning to this country who’ve been in one of these stricken countries? And don’t tell me we can’t just turn people away. Uh, yeah, we can. Seriously, have you people never seen Rise of the Planet of the Apes? It all starts with one cough. I mean, Thomas Eric Duncan has died. Spain just killed that nurse’s dog because of Ebola. And now a sheriff’s deputy is under observation… Yet the authorities keep saying that the virus is not easily transmittable. Methinks the people in charge have no idea what they’re talking about…

2. The family and I went to see Left Behind over the weekend. If you saw the original, stick with that version. I’m not sure what message the producers/actors/writers were trying to get out but the message of Christ’s redemptive love was not it. There were 3 “Christians” in the movie:

  1. the witness at the airport who was openly hostile and had an attitude from the jump
  2. Irene who was labeled as “crazy” by her family and didn’t seem to have any real purpose except to serve as the crazy family member that everyone talks about
  3. Pastor Bruce who preached the word but didn’t live the word

I think more focus should have been placed on why the Rapture happened and the events ~ the panic ~ that ensued after millions of people disappeared. Instead what we got was a plane based “thriller” with a Christian label. It takes more than mentioning Christ’s name a few times and showing a Bible for a movie to be Christian.

There was absolutely no doctrine to this movie. At all.

And Nicolas Cage? Really?

3. I know I’ve discussed this before, but when the police pull you over {whether you feel you have done anything wrong or not} you need to pull over and comply with their requests. And before anybody says I don’t know what it’s like to be pulled over and scared, I do. I have been pulled over and questioned for no reason. I have been followed through stores. I’ve been falsely accusedI understand the fear. And in each situation I complied with the officers’ requests and dealt with {their} wrongdoings at a later time when things had de~escalated, which is why I’m able to sit here and type what I’m about to type. If you get pulled over, if the police tell you to stop, just do it. Even if you feel it’s an unwarranted stop, don’t get combative, don’t argue, just do what the officer says and then fix the situation later. No matter how you feel, the police are in the position of power and the more you question, the more you refuse to comply, the greater the chances of you getting hurt. After the police have finished with you, make note of everything that happened and then go to the police station to file a report or talk to a lawyer but DO NOT TRY TO HANDLE YOUR BUSINESS ON THE STREET. It will not end well for you. Y’all, I’m just tired of people getting shot, tased, beaten up, etc.

Talk to me, what’s got you scratching your head?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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What I Wore: Denim Maxi Skirt

Mustard Cardi, Purple Shirt, and Denim Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

As I was walking to the truck I caught The Hubs giving me “The Look”. I smiled at him and said “Whaaaat?” He nodded and said “You look nice.” swoon There’s something about being told you look nice by your husband that makes you stand a little taller and smile a little broader, amiright?

Mustard Cardi, Purple Shirt, and Denim Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

I think the new eyeglasses are a confidence booster as well. Nothing like being able to see the world around you…

Mustard Cardi, Purple Shirt, and Denim Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Mustard Cardi, Purple Shirt, and Denim Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

Mustard Cardi, Purple Shirt, and Denim Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

I love denim maxi skirts. And have styled this one in the following two ways: work and bohemian. I’m a hippie at heart and would live in denim maxis if I could get away with it on a daily basis. Once it starts to get cooler, I’ll be pairing this skirt with a big ol’ chunky grandpa sweater and a pair of rugged ankle boots with tights and socks. And loads and loads of necklaces…

For this outfit, I wore a simple mustard cardi {an absolute MUST HAVE} with a brown and purple floral top. Both items have been in my closet forever. The owl was a spur of the moment Target purchase that has more than earned its keep. The shoes are comfortable and a little bit quirky. Gotta love Clark’s, right? And the skirt was purchased with a gift card from

What’s your favorite statement piece?

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Blogtober: Why Did I Start Blogging?

Blogtober 2014 {Living Outside the Stacks}

A little over seven years ago, I enrolled in a course called Web 2.0: Connecting with the Community Using Social Software. As part of the course, I had to start a blog. That blog was called Curious Child’s Library Wanderings: random musings on my life as Queen of the Histolibrarianivists. After the class ended, I decided to keep the blog and use it as a way to stay connected to other information professionals. In time, I began to blog about more personal issues and participating in memes and linkups. Then I quit my job to move and decided it was time to take my blogging in another direction.

So I created Living Outside the Stacks. I’ve been blogging here for about five years now. I mostly blog about my life, fashion, and other topics of interest. I also enjoy sharing my thoughts on various products and books. There are a few photography tips sprinkled in here and there as well. My faith in Christ is one of the most important pieces of information that I share.

I’ve struggled over the years to find my voice and, at times, I still feel like I’m fighting to be heard. But I’ve stopped blogging for numbers and started writing for the people I interact with on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. This space is a starting point for the ideas that we share and I enjoy the conversations. I learn a lot and I hope my friends do as well.

Blogtober 2014 {Natty Nikki}

Are you a blogger? Why did you start blogging? Why do you continue to do so?

I’m linking up with Natty Nikki for Blogtober 2014, a month long blogging challenge. Please feel free to join up, leave comments, share the posts, you know, spread some love.

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

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