The last week in September marks a very important occasion for book lovers and library advocates alike. From September 24th to October 1st, we can participate in an annual celebration that stresses the importance of one of our favorite things – our freedom to read. Banned Books Week was started in 1982 in an attempt to draw attention to the large increase in banned and challenged books occurring in libraries, schools, and bookstores across the United States. During the twenty-nine years since its induction, over 11,000 more books have been challenged or banned.
I came across a very good book last month. The title is MaryJane's Ideabook-Cookbook--Lifebook. This fine woman seems to have done things that most of us only get to dream of doing. She has lived alone in towers high above the mountains and pine forests searching for the first sign of forest fires. She not only lives the organic lifestyle, but she also trains others how to maintain the high standards of conscientious organic farmers. She believes strongly in empowering and encouraging rural women everywhere. Her website is a pleasure to behold.
It’s not just school that starts again at this time of year. Loads of activities are also underway, including Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. The library has all kinds of scouting resources for boys, girls, and adult leaders. Some of the books include:
Maryville, Missouri, 1899: what was going on in this small town in northwest Missouri? Intrigued by a gap in a diary left to her by her great-aunt, author Linda Ellis Benedetti set out to find the story of Caleb Guthrie (C. G.) Jesse, the great-grandfather that nobody talked about. Using old records and newspaper accounts, the author pieced together a tale of a family man driven not only to commit murder, but to do so in broad daylight on a Saturday morning in downtown Maryville.
Great pacific waves thrash soldiers around violently in a tiny metal boat. It's headed towards distant explosions, growing louder with every passing minute. Finally, they land and the ramp drops, stealing away the little safety they have left. Forced off the boat, they cluster on the beach desperately looking for cover, but to no avail while the enemy fires upon them, as sitting ducks. They struggle to make inches each day. Only the bravest of soldiers could have performed such a task as the American Marines did back on Iwo Jima during World War II.
Half the battle of a trip is months and months before you go. Trip planning is an art, balancing all the activities your group wants to do with the amount of vacation time you have. This is especially true when you're planning a magical trip to the happiest place on Earth.
For fellow Disney aficionados, you know that covering the large expanse that is Walt Disney World during a trip is not an easy thing to accomplish. With four Disney parks, water parks, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Sea World, there's a lot Orlando, Florida has to offer to the vacationing family.
Although it’s not as common as lower back discomfort, back pain between shoulder blades strikes over 80% of us at one time or another. It can be caused by a number of things, like not doing exercise correctly or not warming up and doing stretches before exercising. We can have bad posture and tend to slouch when the back becomes tired, causing more pain. There are also medical disorders and diseases, such as a pinched nerve, disc herniation, disc degeneration, and others. It almost seems like the muscles in the upper back don’t stand a chance.