Author Archives: Carey Hagan

About Carey Hagan

I'm a reference librarian in Virginia and I do children's and YA [young adult] reader's advisory.

You Must Read This

What if you had a freak accident in which your whole life changed overnight? Continue reading

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I’m normally not this dumb

The art museum’s alarm went off, and I happened to be behind the man who (I think) set it off. He was getting alarmingly close to a medieval painting in an art museum in Bologna, Italy. “You moron,” I thought. … Continue reading

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Real Popularity is Kindness and Acceptance

I just stole a sentence from a book which I thought I would despise:  Maya Van Wagenen’s Popular, a Memoir: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek. I loved this book, and I am a huge skeptic when it comes to … Continue reading

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Goodbye, sweet bird

The Mississippi Kite would not eat. He was injured but reasonably calm, a probable car hit. He had been brought in to the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia in order to be rehabilitated. Not native to northern Virginia, Mississippi Kites are … Continue reading

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The Old Woman Who Awaits Me

Working with the general public teaches one patience whether one wants it or not. It’s taken me years to realize this, but a lot of people just want someone to talk to. It’s hard to see this behind their obnoxiousness, … Continue reading

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Birds: Blood, Sweat, and Tears (Part 3)

Like most people who end up caring for wildlife (including birds), Michelle Rafffin never set out to become a wild bird/exotic bird/wildlife rehabilitator. She just grew to love birds. I had the pleasure of listening to her on Diane Rehm’s … Continue reading

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Birds: Blood, Sweat, and Tears (Part 2)

I was afraid this would happen. When I first heard that there was a snowy owl hanging out in downtown D.C., my first thought was, “It’ll probably get hit by a car.” Unfortunately, it did: it got hit by a … Continue reading

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