Start your New Year with a ‘Yes!’


    PREVIEW Columnist, and the Library Staff

    Everyone tells us that a positive attitude is essential to mental health — and even helpful in maintaining physical health and overcoming illness.

    If you are looking for a unique New Year’s resolution that will benefit both your mind and your body, heed this advice from Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google: “Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn something new. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids.

    “Even if it’s a bit edgy, a bit out of your comfort zone, saying yes means that you will do something new, meet someone new, and make a difference. Yes lets you stand out in a crowd, be the optimist, see the glass full, and be the one everyone comes to. Yes is what keeps us all young.”

    Free high-tech training

    Two more free high-tech learning sessions for 2012: An informal session with Cody is set for today (Thursday, Dec. 27) from 3–5 p.m. We also have one more formal training session for this year that requires advance registration for space reasons: Tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 28), from 10 a.m.–noon, you can learn how to upload and organize your digital photos online.

    Zombie horror story

    “Walking Dead Mesa” by Richard Douglas Jensen is about a detective investigating cattle killings who finds himself among los muertos caminandos, the dead walking, in a southern Colorado valley.

    Books on CD

    “Elsewhere” by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo is a memoir about a young man and his parents’ life in a small New York town they try to escape. “The Perfect Hope” by Nora Roberts is the beginning of a new romance series featuring the three Montgomery brothers. “Back to Blood” by Tom Wolf is a police drama set in Miami with its melting pot of cultures — Cuban, African American, Latino and Anglo.

    Mysteries and thrillers

    “The Forgotten” by David Baldacci features combat veteran and Army special agent John Puller investigating a new case in Florida, and this one is personal. “The Black Box” by Michael Connelly is the latest in the Harry Bosch mystery series.

    “Fox Tracks” by Rita Mae Brown is the latest in the foxhunting mystery series featuring “Sister” Jane Arnold and her horses and hounds. “Looking for Yesterday” by Marcia Muller is the latest in the mystery series featuring Detective Sharon McCone. “Notorious Nineteen” by Janet Evanovich is the latest in the mystery series featuring bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.

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    “The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson is a humorous adventure story featuring a character similar to Forest Gump. “Heartsong” by Debbie Macomber is a romance about an ordinary woman in small-town America. “Double Crossing” by Meg Mims is an award-winning western mystery set in the Gold Rush era. “Way of the Outlaw” by Lauran Paine is a western set in New Mexico. “The Ugly Duchess” is the latest in the Regency romance series set in London. “Murder of the Cat’s Meow” by Denise Swan is the latest in the Scumble River Cozy mystery series. “Let It Sew” by Elizabeth Lynn Casey is the latest in the Southern Sewing Circle mystery series.


    “Bruce” by music writer Peter Ames Carlin is the biography of Bruce Springsteen, award-winning pop icon. “Kore: On Sickness, the Sick and the Search for the Soul of Medicine” by Dr. Andrzej Szcczeklik is written by a physician philosopher who believes doctors must be versed in both science and the humanities. “Taxes in America” by tax scholars Leonard E. Burman and Joel Slemrod describes modern tax policy in an easy-to-grasp and occasional humorous manner to help you understand the fundamentals before the upcoming debate on tax reform.

    Thanks to our donors

    For books and materials this week, we thank several donors, all of whom wanted to remain anonymous. Whether you donate publicly or privately, we are grateful for your generosity because our limited budget will never allow is to purchase all the books, CDs, DVDs and other materials desired by our patrons.

    Quotable quote

    “Happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them” — Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755), French philosopher during the Age of Enlightenment. He is famous for articulating the theory of separation of powers, which has been implemented in many countries’ constitutions around the world, including the U.S.A.


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