Where would we be without Cinderella? That feisty, scullery maid-turned-princess has made an eternal footprint on our collective imaginations, showing up wherever fairy tales are told. The most famous version of the story, even overshadowing the one by the formidable Brothers Grimm, is the French variant codified by Charles Perrault. Perrault’s account gives us the pumpkin-into-a-coach, the fairy godmother, and the glass slippers (the Grimms’ version has golden shoes, no fairy magic, and 400% more eyes gouged out by birds).
When I received the diagnosis of breast cancer, I knew my life had changed. What I hadn’t expected was that there would be some positives. One of those was that I now fit the criteria to use resources provided by Turning Point. Turning Point, a non-profit organization, is a Kansas City area community resource for hope and healing.
Just to let everyone know, we have a monthly event called Heritage Scrapbooking that is open and free to the public. It’s always on the 1st Saturday of every month. If you are interested in participating, please come join us. You can share your ideas, meet new people, have a good time away from home, and learn from each other.
It’s almost Halloween… are you spooked yet? If not, then allow me to suggest that you’re not trying hard enough! Here are some books to keep you up at night, with a handy ranking system to help you determine which one is right for you. Or, if you’re feeling exceptionally brave, read them all!
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place the whole month of November. Have you been thinking about writing your family history? Maybe a memoir? OH OH! What about a historical fiction? MGC, and other branches across MCPL, have the space for you to come write-in, in addition to resources that can jump start your success. But what does success look like during NaNoWriMo?
The goal is to write 50,000 words during the whole month of November. But don’t panic!
October is once again upon us, and it brings with it our annual entrance into the world of ghosts and ghouls. To get into the spirit of Halloween, I have been looking at the films that I have seen that feature the dearly departed who ended up sticking around. Everyone should see a good ghost story this time of year, but people often have a different opinion about what makes a good, scary story. The thrills and chills that we expect from these tales can come in several forms, and the most popular these days seems to be the Horror genre.
So …did anyone happen to catch the premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D? It enjoyed a lot of promotional time in the media recently, and those efforts appear to have paid off. The show follows, well, the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, a top-secret government agency that deals with superheroes such as Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America.
I’m sure when you read the title, there were some thoughts that flash through your mind, and I’m sure that they may be quite varied from another person’s reaction. While I do not watch absolutely everything, I consider myself an anime enthusiast. I’ve watched my fair share of movies and TV series, and I’d like to share with you some fun trivia about anime as well as some of my favorites in case you are interested in trying out this genre of animation.
Look at the writing example above. Beginning with a ‘c’ and ending ‘r’ or ‘n’ and a count of five minims, the word could be: copper, coffin, captain, castle, or cotton. Can you think of other possibilities?
When reading modern text, we generally identify whole words at a glance. Look at this sentence:
The human mind deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe wouthit any porbelm.
Ordering Microfilm from the Family History Library
Ever wish you could visit the Family History Library in Salt Lake City to look at microfilm?? Well, you don’t have to travel that far! You can order the film from Familysearch.org and have it sent to any participating library or Family History Center.