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Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Nov 28
The KonMarie Method of discarding possessions and then organizing effectively what remains has received enthusiastic testimonials worldwide. Kondo is convinced that her radical approach to tidying one's home can have transformative effects upon one's life and general outlook. She advocates making discarding a dramatic "event" rather than a gradual process and gives detailed and sometimes surprising advice on storage methods and one's "relationship" with possessions. For Kondo, the ultimate...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Nov 28
The Book of Joy recounts the story of a week of laughter, dialogue and deep sharing between two soul friends, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu, at the Dalai Lama's residence in Dharamsala, India. Their wide-ranging conversation explores the meaning of true joy, which requires a profound shift in perspective, in the habitual ways in which one interacts with the world and regards the circumstances of one's life. The joy of these two old friends, which is both instructive and infectious, is the...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Nov 28
Archibishop Tutu, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (1984) and the Templeton Prize (2013) and chair of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (1994), joins with his daughter Mpho, an Anglican priest, to explain the healing power of forgiveness for ourselves and for the ones who have inflicted injury upon us. THey also discuss the importance of self-forgiveness in freeing ourselves from the past. The book offers a comprehensive four-step process for forgiving: telling the story, naming...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Nov 21
I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban is an inspiring story of a young girl and her fight for equal rights and education for all. Her father, a school owner, always encouraged Malala to write and attend school. Malala talks about her love and passion for education, family, and having to leave the only home she had ever known behind after a heartbreaking attack on her life. The story also follows her recovery and how it did not instill...
Posted by DBarchi on Sat, Nov 19
A New Chapter Upstairs: 2nd Floor Renovation Blog November 14, 2016 And now at long last the construction has begun! We are very excited about hiring a contractor (ADS, from East Providence) to do the construction of the 2nd floor building project. At this point, the Children’s Room is located in the Gallery Room, with some children’s programming happening in the Auditorium.  The staff from technical services, administration, and community services have all...
Posted by JGranatino on Sun, Nov 13
  The joy and of course the stress of the holidays are upon us but Holidays on Ice can bring some smiles and laughs with David Sedaris’ holiday collection of short stories.  From working in a Macy’s as a holiday elf and Christmas traditions of other nations, to being locked in a snowstorm and a barnyard secret Santa scheme gone askew. Sedaris definitely pushes the limits and the stories are a blend of being dark, sarcastic, funny, real, and sweet...
Posted by JDavanza on Fri, Nov 04
On September 19, 2016 the library's Cookbook Club met for dinner with three cookbooks by David Tanis. They included:     A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes published in 2008 by Artisan (Workman Publishing Co.). Heart of the Artichoke And Other Kitchen Journeys published in 2010 by Artisan (Workman Publishing Co.). ...
Posted by JGranatino on Sat, Oct 29
Good Behavior follows Letty, a con artist, who has just been released from prison, and is up to her old tricks burglarizing rooms at high end hotels. While she is in the middle of her latest heist she overhears a man who is hiring a hitman to murder his wife. Letty decides to make an attempt to derail the job since she can’t go to the police and ends up in a dangerously seductive relationship with the killer. Crouch also wrote the science fiction thriller, Dark Matter. ...
Posted by BHanley on Thu, Oct 27
What distinguishes author Tias Little’s book from many other yoga handbooks is his exploration not only of the physical benefits of yoga postures (asanas) and breathing practices but also of yoga’s profound effects upon the mental/emotional realms and upon what he describes as the subtle (energetic) body. Even the most experienced yoga practitioner will gain much from Little’s impressive knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, and Western approaches to manual therapy as well as his grasp of basic...
Posted by BHanley on Thu, Oct 27
In her newest publication, Mary Oliver shares her close observations of the natural world and her reflections on creativity, the act of writing, and her own literary influences (Emerson, Poe, Whitman, the Romantic poets, and others). Her wide-ranging meditations on human and animal friends, building a house, her beloved Provincetown, and ultimately, on the mysteries of living and dying are lucid and evocative, demonstrating why she is one of our most widely-acclaimed contemporary poets. While...

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