In past articles, I’ve shared some of my overwhelmingly unfortunate painting incidents with you; there was the time I accidentally painted my poor tabby cat an earthy brown color, and then shortly thereafter, decorated what should have been a lovely statue of an angel a very un-heavenly shade of silver until she more resembled the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz than the heavenly being she should have been.
I had an epiphany recently and decided to redecorate my bedroom, and thought that I could surely handle painting the walls. After all, they’re pretty big and don’t require any artistic ability. Wrong on both counts, I think, and by the time I was finished, my husband offered that “maybe we should just replace all of the woodwork.” Okay, painting is not my forte. I should have made a nest on that particular day off and read a good book from the Jasper County Public Library. These new non-fiction titles would be the perfect start.
“The Organic Family Cookbook” by Anni Daulter is full of healthy recipes for family friendly organic meals, snacks, desserts and more! Complete with tips that promote green living, such as specific gardening advice and ideas, as well as kid-friendly and family tested, tried and true, wholesome basic foods, this book offers simple, community building inspiration for a healthier diet.
This new non-fiction title, found at your local branch of the Jasper County Public Library, is just one of many that will provide you with up to the minute information for better living. Check these out!
Kim and Krickett Carpenter had only been married for months when a tragic accident shattered their future as newlyweds. Massive head injuries left Krickett in a coma for weeks, and when she awoke, she no longer recognized the man she had married just two months before. Kim, however, remained steadfast in his love for Krickett and stood by her through the dark times, “The Vow: The True Events That Inspired the Movie” by Kim and Krickett Carpenter is the moving narration of this couple’s harrowing journey from the darkness into the light.
The year is 1957; the place Little Rock, Arkansas, the moment in time, of epic proportion to both Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Massery. “Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock” by David Margolick chronicles the lives of these two women after a landmark photograph was taken of the two of them on an ordinary day in September in front of their Little Rock High School. The Civil Rights Movement had just begun, and the image of one girl showing racial outrage toward the other is captured on film, leaving both of them trapped forever in the shadow of that horrible mistake. The painful journey from that moment of hatred to an adult life that blossoms into an unlikely friendship progresses in this narrative of reconciliation and hope.
One third of the people that we all know are actually introverts. Preferring to be quiet and listening over speaking and partying, introverts are sometimes dramatically undervalued by society. According to new research, however, introverts offer great contributions to society, from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the personal computer, innovation and creativity can be found in the heart of the introvert. In “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain, you’ll meet successful introverts; a witty public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks and a record breaking salesman who uses ingenuity in the form of questions to get his point across, among others that provide hope and inspiration to all those who prefer “the quiet side of life.”
From now on, the “quiet life” for me will be sitting in an already painted room surrounded by already painted décor, and, of course, a stack of new books from my friends at JCPL!