The very word itself gives us a bit of a flutter. No plant seems to grow more easily and durably than a tree. They can sprout up anywhere and everywhere. They send out root systems ten times their above-ground size. They withstand drought, flood, and every other weather challenge. We climb them, hang swings in them, and build houses in them. Houses, boats, carts, furniture, and baseball bats come from trees. Obviously, all our MCPL books started out at trees. We use so many, and yet trees as a group are very forgiving.
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is one of my favorite books, and Scarlett O’Hara is hands down my favorite literary character. She’s spunky, smart, shrewd, and stylish. Granted, she can also be selfish, rude, and downright mean, but she is also a survivor. She endures hardships and struggles, but makes it through it all to do it all again with the hope that tomorrow it will get better. Because, "After all... tomorrow is another day."
Can you have a library addiction and not even know it? Yes, you can. The most frequent addition is Series Reading. Once you start you can’t quit. You can’t wait until the next book in the series comes out. You are even tempted to go out and buy it but, use that willpower and wait until your turn comes up on the hold list and you receive your library copy. The rewards will be beneficial, you will have saved money, will not have to store a copy on your ever filling bookshelf, and most of all you will be supporting your local library system.
It was cold this morning, and the skies were gray. The winter solstice of December 21, when we have the least sunlight of the year, is not quite here. But, we can cope pretty well these days with artificial light and central heat. Can you imagine what it was like for early pioneers in the central plains? Think of living with only a fireplace, sod houses, carriages for transportation, and no electric lights.
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.” John Donne
In 1972, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) inaugurated a World Heritage list by adopting a treaty known as the World Heritage Convention. Its continuing goal is to recruit the world community in identifying cultural and natural properties of "outstanding universal value".