Sunday, November 29, 2020

Energy Yoga On-line

Ocee's yoga instructor, Patricia, has posted her classes on-line!

"I hope all of you will consider joining our online classes. It is so healing to be connected in our efforts toward physical, mental and spiritual health."

You can also go to and search for Patricia Gagne Energy Yoga in your browser to find my channel.


Martens are weas carnivorous mammals who often steal bird eggs and are difficult to get rid of. Norbert Schild earned the nickname of 'book marten' by raiding German libraries of thousands of dollars of antique maps. Learn how librarians were able to track Schild.

Thankful for Libraries

“Growing up in a military family and moving a lot meant my best friends were library books. We always found the local library first. School librarians befriended me.”—Kerstin C.

“I believe libraries are sacred places. They hold the history, science, and imagination of the ages. From first holding a book which I could read on my own, at age four, to now seventy fours years later, I have discovered information, travel, novel perspectives, the past, innovative ideas, and so much more. My life has been enriched beyond measure.”—Kathryn F.

“I am thankful for my library because during the upheaval of 2020, my library never missed a beat and fed my heart, mind, soul and spirit; making quarantine, uncertainty, suffering from COVID, and isolation so much easier.”—Kristin S.

Dolly's Imagination Library

"The Library That Dolly Built" is a feature-length documentary, covering the history, impact and future of Dolly Parton's world-wide book gifting program. Featuring the music of Dolly Parton, the film is narrated by actress and author, Danica McKellar." Premiers 9 December!

Friday, November 27, 2020

Native American Writers

 From mystery to poetry to horror, LitHub features 11 new books from Native American writers. you'll find summaries here along with links to interviews and excerpts. 

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 The Sierra Club suggests you enjoy your holiday outside. Some of their ideas include:

  • Learn about your area's Indigenous culture 
  • Take a 'gratitude ramble' - use all your senses
  • Nature arts and crafts (Xmas gifts or ornaments?)
  • Plant a winter herb garden - or plan for spring
  • Look at the stars (full moon 11/30!)

Most any day is a great day to be outside. The library can help with research, field guides, park passes, etc. Or just take a book out on your patio to get a little sun and fresh air.

BookShop - Indies Unite

Independent bookstore have long been squeezed by the 'river' mega-retailer. With COVID-19, estimates are that 75% of all Christmas shopping will be done online. Indies need your support more than ever this year.

Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. They believe that bookstores are essential to a healthy culture. They’re where authors can connect with readers, where we discover new writers, where children get hooked on the thrill of reading that can last a lifetime. They’re also anchors for our downtowns and communities.

BookShop has been so successful in the US it's launched months ahead of schedule in Britain.

Don't forget to check our local bookshops, Johns Creek Books & Gifts and Read it Again, to see what they have on offer!

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address

The Haudenosaunee nations—the Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, and Tuscarora—traditionally open and close every important gathering with a version of these thanks.

Today we have gathered. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as people. Now our minds are one.

We are all thankful to our mother, the earth, for she gives us all that we need for life. She supports our feet as we walk about upon her. It gives us joy that she continues to care for us as she has from the beginning of time. To our mother we send greetings and thanks. Now our minds are one.

We give thanks to all the waters of the world for quenching our thirst and providing us with strength. Water is life... please continue