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Your Precious Pets: Health Selections

When I got up yesterday, my husband and I discovered our cat Miko was feeling poorly. She had a few accidents outside her box and was meowing in pain. A trip to the vet revealed she had a urinary tract infection. Miko-kitty is not happy about having to take pills, but she's feeling better today. She is getting older, so I realize I'm going to have to watch her health a little more closely. Nothing can replace a trip to the vet, but a good guide to your pet's health will have helpful advice on keeping your friends healthy and what to watch for in a sick pet.

Pick up one of these pet health selections from the library:

Italian Charm

Book Cover Art of The Lady in the PalazzoLast spring, I visited Italy for a few weeks. Since my trip I have become fascinated with the Italian culture. I am always searching for books to read that can transport me back to that beautiful country so far away. Recently, I discovered Marlena De Blasi’s series based on true life events: A thousand days in Venice : an unexpected romance , The lady in the palazzo : at home in Umbria, and That summer in Sicily : a love story.

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. 

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.

Misadventures With a Bully President

river of doubtMost of us know something about the career of Theodore Roosevelt: cowboy, hunter, Rough Rider, statesman, president. But few of us know of his brief but dangerous sojourn in the Amazonian jungles of Brazil in 1914, where he came very close to meeting a rather inglorious and untimely end.

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If you've been surfing Google recently, you've probably seen Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Oscar hanging out at the top of your screen.  And if you're like me, you've spent this week reminiscing about the fun you had watching Sesame Street as a kid.  I remember trying to eat dessert like Cookie Monster and carrying around my Big Bird doll everywhere I went.  And when the theme song started, I plopped down in front of the TV and didn't move until the show ended.  I still have fond memories of Big Bird, Oscar, Bert, Ernie and the whole bunch.  
 
As a kid, I thought the show was all about fun.  I had no clue I was learning counting, colors,

Not Another Dieting Book

101 Things to Do Before You DietLove the skin you’re in. Beauty is more than skin deep. These truths I hold to be self-evident! And so does fashion journalist Mimi Spencer, the author of a new book called 101 Things to Do Before You Diet. With Spencer’s humor throughout the book, I realized that I had probably lost about a pound just from laughing. Check it out, because as the cover says, “Looking great isn’t just about losing weight.”

 

Recession Fashionista

lady in flapper outfit Now that the cooler weather is arriving, it’s time to freshen up our fall/winter wardrobe collection. Shopping can be a bit tricky if you’re on a tight budget, but books such as The style strategy : a less-is-more approach to staying chic and shopping smart, How to be a budget fashionista: the ultimate guide to looking fabulous for less,  and Style on a shoestring can teach us ways to save money and still look stylish.

On the Shelf: The Power of Small

The premise of The Power of Small: Why Little Things Make All the Difference by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval is a simple one. “We have become a nation of skimmers, our attention limited to sound bites, live video clips, and headlines,” they say, adding that, as a result, the small cues, the simple gestures, the random acts of kindness that give life texture and meaning are all too often overlooked or ignored.

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