Here’s a fun piece of trivia: besides being famous singers and performers, what do Julie Andrews and Anne Murray have in common? Answer: they both had their tonsils removed as adults, they both suffer from scoliosis, and they both married much older men.
How do I know this? Two words: memoir season.
Curiously enough, I read memoirs in the spring and summer. I don’t know why, but when the foliage begins to turn green and that first robin hops across the lawn, I find myself stocking up on memoirs and biographies.
When I was a kid, I would spend a couple of days each August camped out in our back yard to watch meteor showers. They happened right around my birthday every year, and I thought that was very cool! It felt like one more really neat birthday present each year.
Recently, I went home to Alabama for a visit. While I was there, I was reacquainted with southern cookin' I grew up with. Some of the things I enjoyed were a dish with fried okra, fried squash with potatoes, onions and cheese, some grits, and sweet tea. Southern sweet tea has sugar as the 2nd ingredient! (Water is first!) When I came back to Missouri, I was missing the Southern cooking. I was pleased to see that our Mid-Continent Library system has many Southern recipe books. So if you would like to try some wonderful southern cookin', check out these books.
When I was asked to write about my favorite author, I felt it would be impossible to choose just one. I have always enjoyed reading; my earliest memories involve a book. How do I choose just one? Since my favorite books all seem to be historical fiction, I chose Tracy Chevalier, one of several excellent authors of this genre.
There have been reports of missing cheese at the Buckner Branch. From cheddar to swiss, cheese has been disappearing from the break room refrigerator.
Report: Today at 2:30pm, Squeaker the Mouse was caught red handed filching the happy cow cheese in the break room of the Buckner Library. What did he squeak in his defense? “A mouse has got to eat!” Stay tuned to hear more reports on the antics of Squeaker, the storytime mouse.