When my wife first taught me to draw, we went to the park, and I tried to sketch a particular tree. I gave up quickly because I couldn't find just the right line to draw to capture any of the angles of the many branches and leaves.
"Don't draw the tree," my wife said. "Draw around the tree."
The classics at their best can appeal to a wide range of people and diverse groups. These books manage to touch certain universal themes that apply throughout different places and time periods. Yet, it's understandable how people can disagree as to what books really deserve to be called "classics". Literary tastes and opinions simply vary. Although, I'm certainly not implying that we give up reading some of the well known classics, or that any selection process for classic books is inherently subjective or flawed.
This weekend is the American Royal Barbeque, and all the celebrities of the barbecue world are going to be there: ribs, chicken, pork, brisket, and that notoriously fickle member of the entourage, beans. The American Royal Barbecue contest is, in the words of Carolyn Wells, Executive Director of the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the largest barbecue competition in the world.
Here's a recent exchange I had with Carolyn Wells concerning the origins of the Kansas City Barbeque Society and the competition going down this weekend.
The Riverside Branch is currently hosting a display of photographs from the annual competition of the Professional Photographers Association of Kansas City which is held in February. The photographs are "The Best of the Best". The display will be at Riverside for two weeks, until October 12th.
My name is Nellie. I like reading books that stay with me for the rest of my life, and although I give contemporary literature a fair try, classics are still my favorites. Some of the dustiest books on the shelf are the best. Here are five books I love.
The Raytown Branch Adult Book Group will be discussing The Watchman by Robert Crais for their October meetings. This is a mystery that finds a young rich girl, Larkin Conner Barkley, who is the target of killers after having a terrible car accident. She finds herself the sole witness in a secret federal investigation. When the U.S. Marshals and the finest security money can buy can't protect her, Larkins's wealthy family turns to the one man money can't buy-Joe Pike.
The Fantastic Fiction website offers information on over 350,000 books. It is very useful when you want to find a list of all titles in a series in order of publication. You can also search under the heading of series, and there is quite a long list of series titles written by more than one author and so much more. You can also access Fantastic Fiction at mymcpl.org, go to Web Resources.
Need help with your German genealogy questions? We have some classes that can help! On Saturday, October 9 at 9:30 a.m., we have Introduction to Exploring German Civil Registration Records with Bob Howe (this is a 2 hour class). You can register online or by calling MGC at (816) 252-7228. Then on Saturday, January 15 at 9:30 a.m., we will have part 2 of this class - German Civil Registration Records - Birth.