Sunday, February 28, 2021

Can You ID These Famous Passages?

LitHub invites you to test your knowledge, memory, and maybe break up the pandemic monotony with their book quiz. Here's a few to get you started - 97 more to go!

"The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything is . . 42."

"War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength."

"A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others."

You're Not Imagining It

You're not imagining it, nobody seems to want to talk right now.

Messages are brief and replies late.

Talk of catch ups on zoom are perpetually put on hold.

Group chats are no longer pinging all night long.

It's not you.

It's everyone.

We are spent.

We have nothing left to say.

We are tired of saying 'I miss you' and 'I can't wait for this to end'.

So we mostly say nothing, put our heads down and get through each day.

You're not imagining it.

This is a state of being like no other we have ever known because we are all going through it together but so very far apart.

Hang in there my friend.

When the mood strikes, send out all those messages and don't feel you have to apologise for being quiet.

This is hard.

No one is judging.

- Donna Ashworth

Visit upworthy for the accompanying article. You're not alone.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Living in a Library

Back in the day, New York City libraries were heated with coal. There was a custodian that lived in the library to keep it warm, clean, and secure at night. Their families often lived with them as was the case for Raymond Clark. His son, Ronald, was 15 when they moved in. He admits to being ashamed at first, but discovered it had its advantages.

"I could run and scream and jump and yell. And if I had any question about anything, I would get up in the middle of the night, go down, get out a book, read until 3 o'clock in the morning," he says. "I began to realize how great I had it because the library gave me the thirst of learning — and this just never left me." 

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Find out where this unusual arrangement led Ronald and view the StoryCorps animated version of the Clark's story "Temple of Knowledge" here.

Lockdown Eyestrain

Many of us are using screens now more than ever; work/school from home, zoom calls, e-books, and binge-watching. BBC has 5 ways to lessen eyestrain
  • 20-20-20 rule
  • Think blink
  • Sort out your screen
  • Bigger text 
  • Get outdoors
Please refer to the article for more detailed information. They also have suggestions for keeping your back pain free and keeping positive.

Book Adaptations

The LA Times takes a look at the 16 (sixteen!) book adaptations up for awards this season. From 'Ratched' to 'Emma' to 'Normal People' find out what the critics have to say about these movies and TV adaptations. Here's more about Hollywood's book boom.

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Check the library catalogue to read before you watch (or vice-versa)!

Bringing Happy Moments to Life

Ocee's yoga instructor Patricia G, gives steps to tap into happy moments.

"We can choose to think about and reflect upon happy moments in our lives. We have the power to fill our consciousness with sensations that give us a sense of well-being."

1) Make a clear decision to do this, believing in your own power to create the life you want.
Recall times in the past where you have taken control in an out-of-control situation. Know your own strength.

2) Choose to create some quiet time for yourself, no phones, no outer demands. Find a spot where you will not be disturbed, even for a short period of time, and where you find comfort. You deserve this.

3) Bring to mind one or more happy moments in your life, savoring the details and becoming aware of the feelings in this moment in time. Give yourself a set amount of time to fill your consciousness with this positivity.

Patricia Gagne is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Join Zoom Meeting - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9302350489
Live Energy Yoga Classes on Zoom
Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:00 AM
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 PM

Obama Presidential Center Plans

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The Chicago Sun Times reports that the Obama Presidential Center 'will include a 235-foot stone-sheathed tower containing a museum; a dual-use building for events and athletic activities; a Chicago Public Library branch; a forum with offices; and outdoor space. The shade of the stone is still to be determined, Healey said.

There will also be a fruit and vegetable garden, a carryover from one of former first lady Michelle Obama’s signature projects — her White House vegetable garden, which gained notice across the globe.'