Recently, my sister and I took a road trip to Portland, OR. The entire trip was amazing. We drove through (parts or all of) Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, and finally Oregon. We pumped our own gas in all states but one; Oregon. I knew about this weird law but I was not prepared for this odd experience. I still had to get out of my car to pay, but it was still a nice break, especially after being in the car for 27+ hours! New Jersey is the only other state to have such a law. Apparently, New Jersey and Oregon lawmakers don’t trust us around such flammable material!
I like doing crossword puzzles. I’m not great at it. I’ve tried some of the New York Times Puzzles and have been puzzled by words in the descriptions that I have never heard, but still I like working various ones. If anybody were to tell me that I am wasting my time, there are many research papers on Alzheimer’s and memory loss that recommend puzzles as a way to keep one’s brain sharp and active.
Zoos are wonderful to see anywhere you go. I've seen the St. Louis Zoo, San Antonio Zoo, part of the Omaha Zoo, and of course our own Kansas City Zoo.
Not all zoos are alike, but that's what makes them interesting. I don't remember too much about the St. Louis Zoo, but what stuck out to me were the black bears. They were wonderful. Kansas City has our own "Nikita" the white polar bear who loves to keep you entertained being a big showoff.
April Madness, Part 1: Mud-Staring and the Problem with Peeps
April is here, and you might notice that people are acting differently. They’ve been cooped up indoors all winter, so we can expect them to be glad that better weather is here. But among those people who are outside enjoying the nice weather, you might notice that some are exhibiting rather strange behaviors.
CR Evening Book Club - Paranoia Reigns & Nobody Wins in "Await Your Reply"
Dan Chaon’s Await Your Reply is a twisted, curving piece of fiction that should interest any fan of literary thrillers. The novel is packed with storytelling technique, subtle characterization, vivid settings, and sometimes brutal action. It features three separate storylines that are tied to together as the story winds down.
Do you want to read a good story, but don't have time to invest in a complete novel? Try reading a play. Plays serve as a nice bridge between the intellectual exercise of reading a book and the fast-paced entertainment of watching a movie. When you get down to it, plays are written to be experienced within a matter of hours, but they still pack the same emotional punch as a well-written novel.
For our April meeting, we will be discussing The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. This book is written as a series of letters. It is for the most part lighthearted and comical, but with a hint of tragic love. If you are interested in attending our book club, please pick up a copy of this month's selection at the front desk.
As a child, I loved birthday parties. I remember Mom checking out books from the library to get ideas. I never realized what an undertaking it was to put together the details for my annual event. Luckily, it is now easier than ever to create a fantastic celebration in your own home.