Monday, March 31, 2008

Happy Birthday, Ewan McGregor

Scottish actor, Ewan McGregor, was born on this day in 1971. McGregor, as you probably know, stars as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars films, episodes 1-3 [DVD STA].

My favorite of his films is Miss Potter with Renee Zellweger [DVD MIS]. It's the story of Beatrix Potter and her editor, Norman Warne. There's some romantic movie chemistry between the two stars. Very nice!

Another of his films that you can borrow is the little known British film about a brass band called Brassed Off [DVD BRA]. This film was released back in 1996 when McGregor was much younger. He's matured very nicely, I think!

Check our catalog for more McGregor films and you will also find that McGregor has co-written a book with fellow actor, Charley Boorman, about their adventures riding motorcyles around the world--Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows across the World [910.41 MCG]! It was an eventful trip--here's a passage narrated by Charley:
A mosquito bite had swollen into a massive lump stretching right across Ewan's forehead and on to the bridge of his nose, making him look like Neanderthal man with a huge, red, jutting brow. His arms were just as bad: puffy and red, the skin tight and sore around a string of mosquito bites.
Not my idea of a fun vacation!

Happy Birthday, Ewan, and many more!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Poetry Friday--James Stevenson

James Stevenson is the author/illustrator of many children's picture books. He is also a cartoonist for the New Yorker--another manifestation of Stevenson's penchant for wry humor. A few years back, Stevenson started producing short books of illustrated poetry. I absolutely adore them. Paired with his simple watercolor illustrations, the poems are sure to delight children, but I think, adults will like them just as well, if not better! Here's a typical poem, "Why?" from Just around the Corner: Poems [J 811 STE]


Why is it...
While other people
Are thinking about all kinds of
Important things...
I am thinking about
What it would be like
To jump barefoot
Into an open box
Of jelly doughnuts?

Stevenson's poems are playful. He plays with the words, their placement on the page, their size and shape, etc. Some of his poems depend upon the illustrations for context, so it is better to browse through the books rather than spend any more time reading blogs! In our collection we also have Corn-Fed: Poems [J 812 STE] and Popcorn: Poems [J 811.54 STE].

Thursday, March 27, 2008

A Little Film History

On yesterday's date, in 1885, the Eastman Dry Plate and Film Co. of Rochester, New York, manufactured the first commercial film.

Just two years later, Kodak introduced it's first camera, and in that same year, the first motion pictures were made. (A timeline of early photography can be seen here.) Fast forward to 2001, and you'll we find the ten major motion picture film companies accounting for more than $8 billion in revenue!

We have a DVD that includes some of the early films of Auguste and Louis Lumiere, Lumiere Brothers' First Films [DVD 791.43 LUM]. These films were made during 1895-1897, and shown to the public, only ten years after the introduction of the first commercial film. The amazing part of the DVD for me is the clarity of the images. I would have thought that there'd be major damage considering how old the movies are. To learn more about the Lumiere brothers, visit this site.

Moving forward a few years, we have a weighty (literally) volume of motion picture history called Conversations with the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age at the American Film Institute edited by George Stevens, Jr. [791.43 CON]. Stevens is the son of the famous director, George Stevens, and his mother worked in Hollywood during the early years, so he comes steeped in film history. Some of the moviemakers covered are Fritz Lang, Frank Capra, William Wyler, Alfred Hitchcock, John Huston, and Frederico Fellini.

A brand new book we just received is Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood by Mark Harris [791.43 HAR]. There was nice review of it in the New York Times. It might be fun to read the book and then watch the five films, which were nominated for the 1968 Academy Award for best picture. We have them all--Bonnie and Clyde, Dr. Dolittle (the Rex Harrison version), The Graduate, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, and In the Heat of the Night.

Don't forget the popcorn!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Pay Attention

I'm not one for reading self-help books, but a writer friend recommended Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up by Patricia Ryan Madson [158 MAD]. I assumed, since its subject was improvisation, that the book would provide me with ways of making my writing more spontaneous. Boy, was I wrong! This book is a way of living a life. Improv Wisdom outlines 13 maxims. Here are two examples:

The First Maxim: Say Yes
This is going to sound crazy. Say yes to everything. Accept all offers. Go along with the plan. Support someone else's dream. Say "yes"; "right"; "sure"; "I will"; "okay"; "of course"; "YES!" Cultivate all the ways you can imagine to express affirmation. When the answer to all questions is yes, you enter a new world, a world of action, possibility, and adventure.

The Sixth Maxim: Pay Attention
How are your powers of observation? How much do you notice and remember? This skill is at the heart of all improvising. What we notice becomes our world. So observe what is going on around you. Open your eyes, and notice the detail. See what is actually happening. Pay attention to everything.

Most of what the author presents, if followed, would result in a life well-lived. Take a look at Improv Wisdom. It's short, at 159 pages, and will take you no time at all to read through.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Better Than Any History Book

In looking at a daily bookseller/librarian newsletter, I came across this:
We have to respect the book for what it is: an art object that we should defend, defend against censors, narrow-minded educators and, most of all, the dangers of war. Fiction has described wars better than any history book because a novelist, a true novelist, is not a warrior. Literature and war carry opposite genes.--Mai Ghoussoub, from "Texterminators," published in this month's issue of Words Without Borders.
How very true this is! I remember reading a Civil War story in elementary school, The Perilous Road by William O. Steele [J STE]. This Newbury honor award winner was very thought provoking for a young reader. Now that I'm older, I've read many novels in which the "dangers of war" are fully evident. Let me recommend these Civil War titles for adults:

Bahr, Howard. The Judas Field: A Novel of the Civil War. [F BAH]

Frazier, Charles. Cold Mountain. [F FRA, also in audio AB FRA]

Kantor, MacKinlay. Long Remember. [F MAC]

Olmstead, Robert. A Coal Black Horse. [F OLM]

Monday, March 24, 2008

Milestones

Two milestones in the Iraq War occurred this past week--the war entered its sixth year on Wednesday, and the 4,000th American service person was killed yesterday. New Hampshire has reached its own milestone of sorts. We lost another guardsman on Saturday, bringing our total to 25.

After 5 years of war, our collection of items relating to the Iraq War has increased. Most can be found in 956.7044, and cover a variety of topics, from opinion pieces to experiences of the men and women who were over there in the thick of it.

If you're still undecided about the war and the United States' involvement in Iraq, you may wish to look at Iraq: Opposing Viewpoints [956.7044 IRA]. This book looks at a number of questions and includes essays in pairs. For example, "A Failure to Find Iraq's Weapons Calls into Question the Justification for War," by David Corn is counterbalanced by "War Was Justified Even If No Weapons of Mass Destruction are Found," by Michael Schrage.

The Iraq War will be discussed for years to come, no matter when it ends, so visit the library often to see what is new.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Poetry Friday--Spring

Spring arrived officially on Thursday. I found a poem by John Dryden called "Song to a Fair Young Lady Going out of Town in the Spring"
Ask not the cause why sullen spring
So long delays her flow'rs to bear;
Why warbling birds forget to sing,
And winter storms invert the year?
Chloris is gone; and Fate provides
To make it spring where she resides.
Read the rest here.

Has Chloris left town this year, too? Although the sun's out today, temperature-wise, it's not spring! Actually, the poem, as you may have gathered, is not about spring, but is the song of "her lover in despair." (It's a pretty sappy poem!)

I like Steven Schnur's Spring: An Alphabet Acrostic [JP SCH]. Here's something a little more seasonal from the book:
Beyond our
Upstairs window
Dead-looking branches
Suddenly spring to life.


Happy spring, and if you celebrate it, Happy Easter on Sunday!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

More On Mud Season

Mud is not much fun for adults--unless you're into mud wrestling, but for kids, it can be a delightful experience! Here are a few kids' books to enjoy with your little mudpuppy:

Appelt, Kathi. Bubba and Beau Meet the Relatives. [JP APP]. These characters, one dog, one human, have no problem getting dirty!

Dewey, Jennifer Owings. Mud Matters. [J 553.6 DEW]. A look at the many uses for mud!

Haskins, Lori. Stuck in Muck. [E HAS]. For the beginning reader who also likes trucks!

Lewison, Wendy Cheyette. Mud. [E LEW]. If the thought of dirty hands and feet makes you squeamish, skip this little rhyming book!

Pomerantz, Charlotte. The Piggy in the Puddle. [JP POM]. We've had this book for many years. It probably should have been discarded long ago, but I won't let it go (sorry Jane)! I used to love using it in storyhour back in the days when I was a children's librarian. I have fond memories of the little listeners piping in on the refrain,
Mud is oofy, mud is poofy,
Mud is oh so oofy-poofy.
The silliness of the text, accompanied by the illustrations of the late James Marshall, make this title a hit in my book!

Ray, Mary Lyn. Mud. [JP RAY]. The fact that the author is a New Hampshire resident is obvious. This writer really knows her mud!

Stop thinking like a stuffy old adult--some nice warm day take your shoes off and really experience mud season!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

World Water Day

...is this Saturday, March 22. It's a time to recognize that there is not enough clean water to go around. The Water Partners International site, reminds us that...
For most of us, it’s a short walk to the faucet in the kitchen, or bottled water in the refrigerator. But for more than a billion people – about one in six people on earth – getting safe water each day is no easy task. Women and children around the world walk 200 million hours every day for water – water that often comes from a polluted source.
Here in New Hampshire we hardly ever worry about having clean water to drink--we're only a short drive away from a supermarket, where, even in a local water crisis, we can purchase all the water we need. But imagine what it's like to not have safe drinkable water. Think of those who must struggle on a daily basis to obtain water to drink (never mind having enough water to wash your car or keep your lawn green). Let's be thankful for what we have--clean water may not always be available (look at the drought going on down in Georgia).

For an in-depth look at water, try these two titles:

De Villiers, Marq. Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource. [333.91 DEV]

Ward, Diane Raines. Water Wars: Drought, Flood, Folly, and the Politics of Thirst. [333.91 WAR]

Water Partners is using a micro-finance program to provide water to citizens of the third world. Micro-finance has received a lot of publicity over the past several years, and deservedly so. The Nobel Peace Prize, in 2006, went to Muhammad Yunus, author of Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle against World Poverty [B YUN]. This site has more on micro-lending if you are interested.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Recess--It's Not Just for Kids!

A staff member checks out one of Trudie's "adult-sized" hula hoops. They're fantastic!

We're having a program next Friday, the 28th, at 11 am, conducted by Trudie Young, the "Recess Lady." You may have read about Trudie recently in a Sunday edition of the Nashua Telegraph. Trudie re-introduces adults to the fun of recess. She brings along hula hoops, games, snacks, jump ropes--almost everything you remember from your days on the playground, except for the bullying and the teasing! There is no preregistration, so feel free to bring a friend with you.

It seems like play for adults is becoming more prominent--Barbara told me about a segment she saw on Good Morning America today, which showed a playground for "seniors."

Famous people have shared their memories of play in The Games We Played: A Celebration of Childhood and Imagination [305.23 GAM]. It's a short little volume, but it may start you off on your own trip down memory lane! Enjoy the ride!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Beannachtam na Feile Padraig

I hope you're wearing green today. If you don't wear it any other time of the year, this is the day to do it.

It's too late for this year to visit Ireland for St. Patrick's Day, but at IrishAbroad.com you can find a celebration closer to home.

The closest to home is right IN your home, so borrow an Irish cookbook and whip up a batch of Colcannon. Colcannon fits into the category of comfort food for me--I love it! It's potatoes mashed with lots of cream and butter. It was originally made with kale, but cabbage is more common today. Yummy! And as long as you eat in moderation, it's not as bad as a bag of Tayto cheese and onion potato crisps! There are recipes for Colcannon in several of our cookbooks including:

Allen, Darina. Ballymaloe Cooking School Cookbook. [641.59415 ALL]. Allen says,
Songs have been sung and poems have been written about Colcannon, a traditional Irish dish associated particularly with Halloween.
That may be so, but a cool March day seems like a perfect time for it!

Cullen, Nuala. Savoring Ireland: Cooking through the Seasons. [651.59417 CUL]

Round out your carbs with a nice cold glass of Smithwick's or Sam Adam's Irish Red and toast all the Irish (and Irish-wannabes) with a rousing Slainte(pronounced slawn-cha)! To your health!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Poetry Friday--The Exquisite Corpse and Other Poetry Fun

Poetry doesn't have to be stuffy and full of hidden meaning. You can have fun with it.

Many years ago, at a writers' retreat, I played a game called "Exquisite Corpse." About 5 or 6 of us sat in a circle and received a blank piece of paper and a writing implement. At the top of the paper we each wrote down two lines to start a poem. It wasn't necessary to rhyme, although it was allowed. When everyone had finished--spontaneity is the key to this--then the first line was folded under, and the paper was passed to the person on the right. That person read the exposed line and added another. Again, the top line was folded under and the paper passed. The addition of lines continued until each person received her own paper back. At that point, the paper was unfolded, the poem was read, and the starting person added a final line. Then the poems were read aloud. Amazingly, some were quite cogent! We had fun and continued the game with a new piece of paper. I'd like to suggest that you try this old parlor game. People will have to give up their laptops, which may be a good thing, and get back to basic pen and paper. I'd love to see your resulting poems!

One of my favorite books is The Adventures of Dr. Alphabet: 104 Unusual Ways to Write Poetry in the Classroom and the Community by David Morice [372.64 MOR]. It has a dizzying number of playful activities with poetry. And, I'd like to stress the COMMUNITY aspect. Adults of all ages can participate. This book is a great resource for those who are planning activities for Poetry Month coming up in April.

Here's a typical activity:
88. Popsicle Puzzles

One student's poem is another student's puzzle. In this case, the second student tries putting the poem back together.

Description
Each student arranges ten popsicle sticks in a rectangle and writes a poem on them, one line per stick. Then everyone exchanges sets of sticks and tries to arrange each other's set in the order of the original poem. The students can also collaborate on larger poems by arranging the sticks from two or more sets.

In case you're wondering where the name "Exquisite Corpse" came from, here's an explanation from Wikipedia.
The name is derived from a phrase that resulted when Surrealists first played the game, "Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau." ("The exquisite corpse will drink the new wine.")

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Stuck on Food Memories


Yesterday I mentioned the new book we recently purchased, America's Best Lost Recipes [641.5973 AME], and it got me to thinking about some sweet things from my past such as Devil Dogs! The Devil Dogs of today pale in comparison to the memory of the Devil Dogs of my youth. Those I remember as a rich devil's food cake with creamy filling in the middle. The ones you get today are composed of a favorless pale brown cake. It's supposed to be chocolate, but if it is, I must be missing some taste buds! The cream filling is sugary glop with an oily finish. If you miss the Devil Dogs of your youth, you can recreate the flavor, if not the hotdog shape. Here's a link to Smitten Kitchen's Devil Dogs Ding Dong or Hostess Cake.

I'm sure I don't have to tell you how bad commercial snack cakes are for you, but if you need a refresher, read through Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated into What America Eats by Steve Ettlinger [641.308 ETT]. You know that cream filling I mentioned above? Well Twinkies have a filling, too. Here's what Ettlinger has to say,
Shortening's also essential to providing some slippery fat in the Twinkie filling, where it is whipped up with water, sugar, corn syrup, and a host of emulsifiers and thickeners. (That famous creamy filling has no cream in it, of course, which is why it is spelled "creme.")

To see what goes into today's Devil Dog, visit the site, Food Facts. Did you read through the ingredients? If so, I need say no more to convince you to look for alternative recipes for resurrecting the tasteful memories of your youth--right?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Yummy Memories

We've added a new cookbook to our collection called America's Best Lost Recipes: 121 Kitchen-Tested Heirloom Recipes Too Good to Forget [641.5973 AME] by the Editors of Cook's Country Magazine.

Here's the opening of the Introduction:
Some things are just crying out to be lost. Bad supermarket tomatoes. SpongeBob SquarePants Cereal. Breakfast at McDonald's. Halftime at the Super Bowl. Any recipe that starts with a can of cream of mushroom soup. And don't forget children's books penned by celebrities and casseroles with overcooked broccoli.

(Don't get me started on celebrity children's books!) Any book that pans the dreck that comes from the pen of Madonna is okay by me! But, the recipes are the real highlight of this book. I'm sure every reader will find something to bring back childhood memories! And, I venture to guess, in most cases it'll be a recipe for something sweet! Like "Red Velvet Cake," or "Monkey Bread." Some of the recipes I read just for the names--like "Blueberry Boy Bait," a cake, or "Joe Froggers," a cookie. A feature of the book is a brief history of the recipe, for instance, "Bops":
A cross between a crepe and a pancake, bops date back to the mid-1800s. In fact, we found them in the 1855 receipt book of a woman named Emily Sinkler...

I'd suggest putting a hold on the book, because otherwise, the staff may keep it out forever!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Fiction is Make Believe--Memoir Shouldn't Be!

And yet, authors, and their publishers, continue to try to get away with selling their fiction as memoir. You would have thought that there would have been a little more vigilance after James Frey's A Million Little Pieces fiasco. This past week in the news comes the revelation that two more hoaxes have been perpetrated on the general public: Love and Consequences by Margaret B. Jones and Surviving with Wolves by Misha DeFonseca.

Literary fraud is nothing new of course. Here's an entry from the Columbia Encyclopedia [R 031 COL].

The New York Times covers more recent fraud in A Family Tree of Literary Fakers.

Let me suggest a few recent memoirs that, so far, have not proven suspect!

  • Blech, Susan. Confessions of a Carb Queen: The Lies You Tell Others and the Lies You Tell Yourself. [B BLE]
  • Bryson, Bill. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir. [B BRY]
  • Franks, Lucinda. My Father's Secret War: A Memoir. [B FRA]
  • Hall, Meredith. Without a Map: A Memoir. [B HAL]
  • Land, Brad. Goat: A Memoir. [B LAN]
  • Moody, Rick. The Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions. [B MOO]
  • Tammet, Daniel. Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant. [B TAM]
  • Wisner, Franz. Honeymoon with My Brother: A Memoir. [B WIS]


  • Maybe I shouldn't have included the Hall book listed above--I know someone who grew up in the same town as Hall did, and it seems that her recollections, and Hall's recollections, are vastly different! Hummmmm...

    Monday, March 10, 2008

    Consuming Girlhood

    I'm at home today since I worked on Saturday. It gives me an opportunity to listen to NPR and catch a few of the programs I never get to hear since I'm normally working during the the day. One of them is On Point, and one of today's segments was Tween Marketing:
    These tweens, as they're called, are now spending $51 billion of their own pocket money. And marketers, sponsoring birthday parties and sleepovers, are eager to know what a girl wants -- at age 10 and 8, even as young as 6.

    It's pervasive, and it's a big business! Just look at the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus phenomenon! If you don't know Hannah Montana, you can get a little taste at her fansite. Hannah Montana's success has been fueled by the Disney marketing machine--need I say more? (To read about the problem of obtaining Hannah Montana live show tickets, check this out.)

    Part of the On Point discussion dealt with the body image marketers are thrusting on impressionable young girls. If teens are having problems with reconciling their own body image with what advertising is projecting, then how much more difficult is it for a tween?

    For more about contemporary girlhood:

    Kirberger, Kimberly. No Body's Perfect: Stories by Teens about Body Image, Self-Acceptance, and the Search for Identity. [YA 158.1 KIR]

    Schor, Juliet. Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture. [305.23 SCH]

    Shandler, Sara. Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write about Their Search for Self. [305.235 SHA]

    Friday, March 07, 2008

    Poetry Friday--Robert Frost


    I had been thinking about Robert Frost yesterday and wondering if he had any mud season poems since we are entering that wonderful time of year. And sure, enough, I found "Two Tramps in Mud Time." Doesn't this say it all!


    The water for which we may have to look
    In summertime with a witching wand,
    In every wheelrut's now a brook,
    In every print of a hoof a pond.
    Be glad of water, but don't forget
    The lurking frost in the earth beneath
    That will steal forth after the sun is set
    And show on the water its crystal teeth.

    Read the whole poem here, or in Collected Poems, Plays and Prose [811 FRO].

    Coincidentally, I heard a program this morning on WBUR called Robert Frost Unplugged in which the reporter said this,
    Frost was born in San Francisco, not New England...
    To which I say, so what? You'd be hard-pressed to find a San Franciscan poet who could capture mud season so well!

    Thursday, March 06, 2008

    Some Recent Additions to Our Film Collection


    Not much today, other than to list a few of our new films. Some are recently made, and some are practically ancient. In other cases, some are simply replacements for items we already own in VHS format:

    Across the Universe, a film based on the song by the Beatles (2007). [DVD ACR]

    Beverly Hills Cop with Eddie Murphy (1984). [DVD BEV]

    East of Eden with James Dean (1954). [DVD EAS]

    Fever Pitch with Colin Firth (1997). [DVD FEV] This film was adapted by Nick Hornby from his novel of the same name and is the story of a British school teacher obsessed with his soccer team, the Arsenals. You may recognize this storyline as the basis of the 2005 film of the same name starring Drew Barrymore [DVD FEV] about the Boston Red Sox. I think the second film is much better, but it is fun to compare the two.

    A Place in the Sun
    with Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift (1951). [DVD PLA]

    Risky Business with Tom Cruise (1983). [DVD RIS]



    The Shop around the Corner with James Stewart (1940). [DVD SHO] This is the original film upon which the 1998 film about an email correspondence, You've Got Mail, was based [DVD YOU].

    Splendor in the Grass with Natalie Wood (1961). [DVD SPL]

    We are getting new films in all the time, so visit the library often!

    Wednesday, March 05, 2008

    Primary Season--Will It Never End?

    It basically ended for the Republicans last night when John McCain reached the magic number in the delegate count, but the Democrats are still battling it out! The next "big" primary (188 delegates) will be April 22 in Pennsylvania, so we're in for a lot more squabbling between Clinton and Obama over the next seven weeks. Frankly, I'm suffering from political fatigue and we still have eight months to go before the election!

    Time Magazine
    's cover story for March 10, How Much Does Experience Matter? provides food for thought. It may be worth a read.

    Campaigning for President: Memorabilia from the Nation's Finest Private Collection by Jordan M. Wright [324 .973 WRI] covers the history of the races between national candidates and the paraphernalia associated with them.


    From the "Preface":
    Presidential political memorabilia began with the first president of the United States. Brass clothing buttons commemorating Washington's ascension to the presidency were mass-produced. The chain of thirteen links represents the original states. Many appeared with the slogan "Long Live the President."


    This coffee table book is fun to browse through with its full-color photos of such items as a Henry Clay clay pipe, the William Henry Harrison parade torch in the shape of a top hat, or the Teddy Roosevelt jointed doll.

    It almost makes me look forward to the upcoming race, if only to see what fun and funky items come out of it!

    Tuesday, March 04, 2008

    Bacon and Butter are Not Dirty Words!

    Last night the library was visited by nutritional counselor Rebecca Montrone. Her program, "Heart Disease Demystified: The Real Skinny on Fats," was eye-opening. The following are some interesting things I learned, or rediscovered:

  • Cholesterol is not something to be eliminated from the diet. Cholesterol is vital to health.

  • LDL, which patients may have been told is "bad cholesterol," actually has a protective element--it guards against infection.

  • Stress, rather than cholesterol, is a major factor in the development of heart disease.

  • Highly processed foods often contain an excessive amount of soy products, which may be harmful to the thyroid (another reason to avoid processed foods).

  • The problem for some people is not that they don't get enough calcium, but that it is not absorbed by the bones. It is a lack of magnesium and vitamin D3 that is the problem--these aid in the absorption of calcium.

  • A lack of fats in our diets can be harmful. What should be eliminated are polyunsaturated fats and trans fatty acids. Olive oil and coconut oil are good to have in your diet.

  • Eat well--a balance of carbohydrates, protein, AND fats in an approximate ratio of 40-30-30.


  • Rebecca recommended these books:

    Gittleman, Ann Louise. The Fat Flush Plan. [613.2 GIT].

    Schwarzbein, Diana. The Schwarzbein Principle: The Truth about Losing Weight, Being Healthy, and Feeling Younger. [613 SCH]

    Sears, Barry. The Zone: A Dietary Road Map. [613.25 SEA]

    And these websites: The Weston A. Price Foundation; The Natural Health Information Articles and Health Newsletter by Dr. Joseph Mercola.

    Monday, March 03, 2008

    He's Not Even 50!


    Have you heard the news? Prince is going in for hip replacement surgery! That's what happens when you dance in platform shoes!

    I know someone who recently (November) went through the surgery and was back on his feet in no time, so I can reassure Prince if he has any doubts. Not that Prince would ever ask me! But, if he did, I could offer these titles for him to look through:

    Frantin, Jennifer. Your Guide to Total Hip Replacements: Before, During, and After Surgery. [617.581 FRA]

    Grelsemer, Ronald P. What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery: Everything You Need to Know to Make the Right Decisions. [617.581 GRE]

    Of course I have "Let's Go Crazy" running through my head. And, I'm sorry to say that we don't have Purple Rain in our collection, but we do have Prince's 2007 release, Planet Earth [CD ROCK PRI].