Free Lifelong Learning lectures resume in March

Mark your calendars for another series of seven free Lifelong Learning lectures at the library on Saturdays from 3 to 4:15 p.m. starting on March 21. Back by popular demand, this new group of interesting presentations have been arranged by Pagosa residents Patsy Lindblad and Pam Kircher, who have taken over from Biz Greene, the program’s creator and organizer. This selection of fine speakers and wide-ranging topics takes our library’s Lifelong Learning lectures to new heights:

• March 21:  “From Page to Stage: Conversation with three contemporary American playwrights” from the Square Top Repertory Theatre.

• March 28: “Empowerment – One Heart at a Time” about giving back after retirement by corporate retirees Ross and Ellen Park.

• April 4: “Integrative Health Care: Blending natural healing with modern medicine” by Dr. Lauren Cohen of the Pagosa Health and Wellness Network.

• April 18: “Adventures in Afghanistan” by former Peace Corps volunteer Dennis Aronson.

• April 25: “Culture Matters: How cultural values influence choices” by Kim Martin from Fort Lewis College.

• May 2: “The Economy and Finances” by Ali Sabeti from the World Bank Group.

• May 9: “Ancient Wisdom: The Psychology of Eastern Religion” by psychologist Dr. James Kline.

All Lifelong Learning lectures are free to the public. They will help keep your mind agile and your life interesting. Watch for more details of each event in The SUN. We hope to see you there.

Books on CD

“Suze Orman’s 2009 Action Plan” about keeping your money safe and sound is now available on CD, read by the author. Also read by the author is Novel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s latest novel called “A Mercy.”

We also have “Plum Spooky,” the latest book in the Stephanie Plum mystery series by Janet Evanovich, on CD and in hard cover.

Biographies and memoirs

“As Big As The West” by Clyde A. Milner and Carol A. O’Connor is a biography of Granville Stuart, whose adventures rivaled those of Wyatt Earp, Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull.

“A Man of Letters” by Thomas Sowell traces this economist’s career through four decades of letters.

“In Lincoln’s Hand: His Original Manuscripts,” edited by Harold Holzer and Joshua Wolf Shenk,” has been published to honor the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth and includes commentary by other distinguished Americans.

“What’s Age Got To Do With It?” by Robin McGraw tells her secrets to how she leads such a happy and healthy life, with tips for how you can do the same.

“The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood” is a memoir by New York Times reporter Helen Cooper.

Books for youngsters

We have five new books written for parents and grandparents to read to their little ones:

“Madeline and the Cats of Rome” by John Bemelmans Marciano, “Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp” by Carol Diggory Shields, “The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule by Stan and Jan Barenstain, “Telling Time” by Patricia J. Murphy and “Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch” by Eileen Spinelli. All these books have wonderful illustrations.

Christian themes

“Stepping Into Sunlight” is Christian fiction by Sharon Hinck about a woman who faces a shocking crime.

“Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire” by Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker looks at the history of Christianity through religious art.

Large print

“The Wettest County in the World” by Matt Bondurant is a murder mystery based on a true story.

“Faces of Fear” by John Saul is a horror story.

“A Darker Place” by Jack Higgins is a mystery in the Charles Ferguson/Sean Dillon series.

“American Wife” by Curtis Sittenfeld is the story of a contemporary First Lady.

“Break Neck” by Erica Spindler is a mystery set in Illinois.

“Mounting Fears” by Stuart Woods is a mystery set in Washington, D.C.

Series for women

We have three books in the Potluck Club series of novels by Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson — “Trouble’s Brewing,” “Takes the Cake” and “The Potluck Club” — about six Colorado women who gather each month to share friendship, food and a pinch of prayer.


“The Worst Hard Time” by Timothy Egan, about those who survived the Great American Dust Bowl, was described by Walter Cronkite as “can’t-put-it-down history.”

“The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country From the Religious Right” by Michael Lerner is a critique of the current state of faith in government.

Mysteries and thrillers series

“Turquoise Girl” by Aimee and David Thurlo is the latest mystery featuring Navajo police investigator Ella Clash.

“Eclipse” by Richard North Patterson is a thriller featuring a gifted California lawyer who answers a plea for help from a former girlfriend.

“The Archangel Project” by C.S. Graham is a political thriller set in New Orleans and Washington, D.C.

“Salvation in Death” is the latest in the Eve Dallas mystery series by J.D. Robb.

“Mr. Monk Goes to Germany” by Lee Goldberg is part of an all-new mystery series about an obsessive-compulsive detective.

“Statute of Limitations” by Steven F. Havill is another in the Posadas County mystery series.

Quotable quote

“When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.” — Deciderius Erasmus, Dutch Renaissance scholar and theologian.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful to Kay Grams for her generous donation in memory of Drue Hartong. For books and materials this week we thank Judith Anderson, Robin Ball, Diane Bower, Nancy Bush, Randell Davis, Teddy Finney, Karen Kauffman, Bamma Laizure, Jane Lomaskey, Shiela McKenzie, Bruce Muirhead, Cindy Quigley, Anna Royer, F.C. Trask, Upscale Resale and Maria Vaughan.

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