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.
When my daughter was younger, we used baby sign language to communicate. At first, I was skeptical, but I quickly found that joining gestures to words allowed us to understand each other much better than we would have using words alone. As my little girl grew and became more verbal, we used sign less and less. However, I still hold a fondness in my heart for the ways this method helped me understand her.
I have a giant walnut tree in my backyard, and for weeks every autumn, I can hear the click, clack, roll of nuts as they drop off the tree and travel across my roof. Fat squirrels perch themselves around the yard and gather the nuts, leaving a trail of shells in their wake. What are they doing? Are they just making a mess (yes!), or do they know something is coming?
There are some things that will always be classic: apple pie and ice cream, a good book on a rainy day, and cartoons from the day when ‘Saturday Morning’ meant something. In these days of the internet, on demand programing, and two hundred stations in your cable bundle, it’s hard to believe that there was ever a time when the main local networks devoted Saturday mornings solely to cartoons. I don’t know when things fell apart for Saturdays – maybe it was Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, I couldn’t tell you exactly. I just have my suspects.