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Recommendation Letter from Lisa Doig

Today, I received an unsolicited letter of recommendation on LinkedIn from Lisa Doig, my former supervisor at the Holly Hill branch of the Volusia County Public Library, where I volunteered from January to November 2006 and was employed from 11/16/2006 to 6/13/2008. It can be seen here (by LinkedIn users who are logged in) and says:

“Richard was a truly extraordinary asset to the Holly Hill Library. He was so patient and kind in answering all patrons’ most complicated computer questions; he was always an enthusiastic contributor and participant in library programs and activities; an extremely talented photographer and musician willing to share his work and music with all of us; and otherwise a brilliant, well mannered, well liked young man destined to go very far in his professional journey.”

I enjoyed working at the library under Lisa and she has a passion for helping people find information and for emergency and disaster management. In 2007, I recall her returning from several emergency preparedness drills and conferences with great enthusiasm, stories, and photos detailing what she had learned. Lisa is fluent in Spanish and I wish her the best as she continues in the Volusia County library system while working toward her calling in emergency management, with an emphasis on helping the Hispanic community and non-English speakers.

The Holly Hill, FL library first opened in 1964. It was located at 1066 Ridgewood Ave., Holly Hill, FL when it closed in 2010, but Volusia County continued providing public computers and book vending machines until 2013, which were then also removed. Located at 1066 Ridgewood Ave. (U.S. Highway 1), Holly Hill, FL across the street from the Holly Hill City Hall, it is now a museum and education center (which was previously co-located with the computers and book vending machines).

In my volunteering and employment at the library from 2006 to 2008, I observed many patrons who relied on the library not only for the books, films, audio recordings, and computer access available there, but also for inter-branch loans that were provided for free to Volusia County library card holders from 15 other branches in the county, by a daily courier service that, like the library, was funded by property tax revenue. Patrons could request an item from any library branch in the county and have it arrive in Holly Hill, often within 2-3 days if it was on shelf at the originating branch. They could then return it to the Holly Hill branch as well, and thus many patrons who did not have a car were still able to have free access to over a million physical books and audiovisual recordings. It is a shame that such an important cultural and educational service is no longer being provided in a depressed neighborhood, which was evidenced by numerous bicycle thefts that occurred frequently at the library.

Update for February 2014

It has been 8 months since I posted on I updated the site to WordPress 3.8 (was on 3.5) and the theme to 2014 (was 2011). I am going to start using this site again, since it seems pretty important to my professional development to have a current website, even though Facebook works pretty well for many purposes.

I am graduating from University of Central Florida with my B.S. in Psychology in May 2014. I mentioned being engaged in my post from June 2013, but it didn’t work out and we broke up, so I won’t be moving to the Bay Area of California. (Updated 2014-03-07) I applied to two graduate programs but did not get accepted to either, despite having excellent grades and GRE scores.

I have been photographing birthday parties lately, and working on other hobbies such as piano and personal stuff.

Lately I have had some interesting ideas for articles to write, so I may start writing again like I did in 2008 – 2011.

I am also using deviantART again and you can see some of my new photos there.

March 26, 2012 Update

I’ve updated the gallery with descriptions for each photo and links to each photo’s post under the thumbnails on the gallery pages. I added ten photos I posted on deviantArt several months ago, including many of the Golden Gate Bridge from my visit to San Francisco in June 2011. I also added five new photos yesterday of some leaves and nature scenes I took recently.

These photos also appear on (my old site) since I am posting them there and pulling the data to display descriptions and titles here, but when you click the post titles on the old site they redirect here. Though the gallery is one page, photos have virtual pages like through some WordPress modifications I found here. I edited the comments section to allow comments on individual photos and redirect to the correct one after posting a comment, and I edited the comments RSS feeds to include the title of the photos commented on and have the correct links. I also imported all 724 comments on photos from the old site, and edited the home page to display the last five photos below my most recent post. Finally, I moved all the stock files and source files to MediaFire and added redirects for all the files there with the Redirection plugin.

I changed the theme header to show the twenty photos from my 2011 portfolio on all my websites. I was using 000webhost to host, but my site was disabled with the message “Suspended (Suspended for violating 20%+ CPU usage limit for more than 1000 times. Please upgrade to our premium UNLIMITED hosting at to get your account reactivated.)” two weeks ago, so I moved to SYN Hosting, a host I used several years ago based in Canada. I’ve left the other sites on 000webhost, but will be careful to make frequent backups because they delete all your files and databases when they suspend an account. My first three months with SYN Hosting are free and then it will be $9.95 per month.

Since SYN Hosting supports virtual subdomains, I moved (a URL shortener) there and restored all 25 million short URLs, most of which are spam unfortunately. I disabled adding new short URLs on May 17, 2011 and am not planning to change this, but at least there will no longer be dead links floating around on Twitter. The database takes up 3.2 GB of space, using up over half of the 6 GB that SYN Hosting provides, so I will be hosting most large files on MediaFire instead of here.

My next steps will be taking new photos and making modifications to the theme.


Welcome to my new website on

I have transferred,,,,,,, and from WiredTree to here. There are some plugin and theme issues since I upgraded from WordPress MU 2.7 to separate WordPress 3.3.1 installations and did not import my custom theme, but I will work these out over time.

I will be making new posts here and have forwarded all the photos from to I will work on transferring the descriptions soon. I have switched from using separate posts for each photo with Post Thumb Reloaded to NextGen Gallery.

Since I have only 1.5 GB storage space here, I will be moving the stock photo downloads to MediaFire soon.

I have not been blogging for about nine months but am going to take this opportunity to start again and resume working on my photography and music.