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Taking Cuba In

Cuba: What Everyone Needs to KnowFor someone like me who was born “somewhat recently”, I’ve only known one kind of Cuba: Castro’s Cuba. I hazily remember history lessons on JFK and the Bay of Pigs, but I’d like to get a better handle on the subject. So, I’m reading Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know by Julia Sweig. Her writing style is keeping me interested, and her firsthand, recent experience of living in Cuba is giving me a view I didn’t see before.

Bugs Of Texas

 Have some creepy-crawlies in your backyard?  An unknown infestation in your garden?  Find out what you're facing by picking up some Texas insect field guides from the library.  These books give you the skinny on each insect.  Find out what each bug looks like, where they live, what they eat and if they're good or bad for you or your yard. 

Love it or Hate it?

Every time my teens come into a program one topic inevitably comes up: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer.  The words hate and love come up equally in the conversation as different teens "express" there opinions of the series.  This is happening only more frequently since the second movie is about to come out and the hype is reaching an all time high...again.  So the figh-er, "discussion" continues.  Do you love it or hate it? 

what The dead Know

I love Laura Lippman's mystery series starring Tess Monaghan, but she has written several stand alone novels.

On the Shelf: Guardians of Being

Sometimes we all need a little "nice" in our lives. We need to be inspired. We need to be heartened. Right here, right now, we need to stop, look, listen and reconnect with all that is good, kind, generous and supportive in the world.

MFAH ADDS NEW DIMENSION TO BOOK CLUBS

Private Lives of the ImpressionistsLydia Cassatt Reading the Morning paperThe Museum of Fine Arts has launched a new online book club to provide established book clubs with new ways to link literature to art at the museum.

Native American Heritage Month

Since the early 1990s November has been proclaimed a month to celebrate the history and contributions of the original inhabitants of what is now the United States.

Fathers and Daughters

A friend of mine played a trick on me. I didn’t want to watch the TV series Castle. Just looked too “cute” for me. However, she kept after me and I promised to watch an episode or two. Now one of the things my friend likes about the show is the interaction between the main character, writer Richard Castle, and the female police detective, Kate Beckett. That’s not what hooked me. What got me and made me a fan is the interaction between Richard Castle and his teenage daughter Alexis. I love movies and TV series that show a close, positive father-daughter relationship.

Elegies

Sometimes there are no words. 
But time, because it cannot know how fragile we are, will keep flowing.
We will eventually step back into its current. There will be solace.

"And Death Shall Have No Dominion" in The Collected Poems: 1934-1952 / Dylan Thomas
The Book of Psalms
 
Elegy: Poems / Mary Jo Bang
"Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard" / Thomas Gray
The Duino Elegies / Rainer Maria Rilke
"Kaddish" in The Collected Poems: 1947-1980 / Allen Ginsberg
"The Rain" in The Collected Poems 1956-1998 / Zbigniew Herbert

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