Voice of Melody, Book Review PS3616.O945 V65 2018

This novel highlights the lives of three generations of residents of the New England island of  Nantucket during the heyday of the whaling industry in the mid-19th Century. The male islanders make their living as merchants, farmers, teachers, lighthouse keepers, and crews of the various whaling vessels. Continue reading

National Wilderness Month

September is well underway.  That means an end to hot, sticky summer and the start of autumn: cooler weather, pumpkins, and beautiful foliage!  September also marks the anniversary of the Wilderness Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 3, 1964.  From 2009-2016, President Obama annually proclaimed September as National Wilderness Month in commemoration of that historic act.  While Wilderness Month has not been officially announced since 2016, the Wilderness Act remains an important moment in American history and a reminder to enjoy the wilderness we see every day but may take for granted.

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Demographics Now Database Review

What is in your neighborhood and why do you need to know? Location, location, location! Nothing could be more important for a new business; it could mean the difference between failure and success. That is why a thorough targeted demographic scan is such an important tool. DemographicsNow, a library database, takes the pain out of compiling this information, providing highly detailed data about any geographic area in the United States, from the entire country, to a state, county, metro area, school district, zip code, right down to your own neighborhood. Continue reading

1st Appearance: Hawkeye


Real Name/Alias: Clinton Francis “Clint” Barton, Ronin, and Goliath

1st Appearance: Tales of Suspense #57, September 1964

Place of Origin: Waverly, Iowa, United States

Profession: Carnival Attraction, Adventurer

Affiliations: Avengers, Defenders, West Coast Avengers, and the Thunderbolts

Created by: Stan Lee and Don Heck Continue reading

Oyster Mushrooms

Ever hear of oyster mushrooms? They almost look too cute to eat.  Oyster mushroom caps can vary from dark grey, green, pink or yellow depending on the seasons and species. You can find them at farmer markets. I found these at the Saturday Omaha Farmers Market. They can sometimes be found in supermarkets.  Size ranges from 1 to 6 inches in width. They have a soft and slightly chewy taste. Some say they taste similar to Morel mushrooms and that they can develop a slight aroma of anise.

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National Preparedness Month


September has been designated National Preparedness Month by the American Red Cross.  During this month, households across the country are encouraged to develop emergency plans in the event of a home fire or natural disaster (such as a flood, hurricane, earthquake, tornado, or thunderstorm).  Below are some tips to get you started on your Family Emergency Plan. Continue reading