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Relishing Caldwell’s Carnegie Library

I can still remember the smell of the first library I ever visited. Caldwell’s Carnegie Library was built in 1913 by an undocumented architect. It’s brick facade and deep portico entrance is still iconic in Caldwell, as the building sits stately on the main street that goes out of town. My sole memory of this library is the children’s section in the basement. I remember making my way down the concrete steps to the outdoor, separate entrance on the side of the building. The offices and adult sections were on the main floor, and honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever been through the main entrance of the building. It was traded in the mid 70’s for the new building, and I was still so young, that the children’s section was all that was important at the time. My great-aunt gave me my first libary card, and would take me and my sister there after school for readings and puppet shows. The deal was that we never left with fewer than 3 books each. Read more

Design Love: Business Card-palooza at the IFBC

As a graphic designer, it’s in my nature to be drawn to good design, and I feel that business cards can be little works of art if done right. So in addition to meeting some fabulous people at the IFBC in Portland, I also collected a slew of creative cards that I’ll file away as inspiration for future designs. I especially love the ones with the photos on the back. Those may have to go up collage-style on my bulletin board in my office.

Tip of the weekend: don’t dismiss that badge hanging around your neck at your next conference. It most likely is a plastic sleeve, so store your own cards behind your badge so they’re close at hand. It took all of ten minutes for me to tire of diving into my bag to get a card, and this convenient trick made networking much more streamlined.

Review: Cornerstone Bistro

Just hearing the word “bistro” in reference to Middleton, Idaho was intriguing enough to get me to go to the Cornerstone Bistro. For those not familiar with southwest Idaho, Middleton is a rural farming town whose best eatery I had been to has been the Farm Boy Drive-In, but recently I’ve been hearing buzz about the Cornerstone and chef Ben Thorpe’s take on local, seasonal cuisine, so I decided to spend my birthday dinner there.

Dining at the Cornerstone Bistro was the first time I truly felt like a guest in a restaurant, rather than a customer. Although I must say, when we walked into this unassuming 12-seater eatery located in a tiny “strip mall”, I wasn’t blown away, until we sat down and I began to ask the waiter about gluten free options. Chef Ben himself came over and began to tell us that the entire menu is gluten friendly. He, and several members of his family eat gluten free, so he cooks that way as well. From the fried calamari to the chocolate cake — all is safe for me to eat. He hung out for several minutes chatting with us about where he buys his gluten free stock and was just genuinely nice and interested, and also offered to make us whatever we wanted, regardless of what was on the menu that night. I told him he was my hero. Read more