Light has been a big topic of conversation this week since this Sunday, November 7 at 2 a.m., we change our clocks back to standard time. The most popular sentiment seems to be dread--of evening commuting in the dark, of the end of having enough light to play outside or work in the yard at the end of the day.
Plus, research suggests that the return to standard time affects us in a variety of ways, from disrupted sleep to an increase in car vs. pedestrian accidents. On the bright side, this change could lead to the need for more napping, contemplating day, night and the nature of time or just generally cozying up to the realities of seasonal changes. Judging from the literature, the whole concept appears to be contentious:
The War of the End of the World has been my favorite Vargas Llosa book so far, a fictionalized account of a community of marginalized people who followed a fanatical leader to desolate, impoverished northeastern Brazil at the end of the 19th century.
There are also free and low cost pet care options, including spay and neuter clinics.
This month, the Meow Mobile will sterilize your cat for free if you visit them Tuesday-Saturday through Sept 30th. Their trailer will be set up in the Avanza Supermarket parking lot at 1320 S. Federal. Bring your cat in at 7:30 a.m.. and pick him or her up at 2 p.m. This is not only free, but you'll also receive a $20 gift card to use at Avanza Supermarket.
Archaeology and paleontology have never held my attention, but my visit to the newly-completed Washakie Museum in Worland, Wyoming sparked an interest. Their exhibits, so wonderfully designed by ECOS Communications, are completely engaging.
At a dinner on that same visit to Worland, I was unexpectedly seated near the curator of the museum and he shared even more about the archaeological and paleontological wonders of the Big Horn Basin.
A few of the many major discoveries of the Big Horn Basin include:
Nargiza Tulaganova says that one of her favorite novels written in Uzbek is Tushda kechgan umrlar by Utkir Hoshimov, whose title in English means "Lives Passed in Sleep," but Nargiza seems to have no intention of sleeping through her life, thanks to the internship program made possible by the Denver International Program, USA (DIPUSA).
A graduate with a degree in International Relations, a speaker of 4 languages -- Uzbek, Russian, Turkish and English -- and a manager at a company in Uzbekistan, she wanted to continue growing and learning even more, so she visited the Educational Advising Center (EAC) at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent which led her to the Denver International Program and the Denver Public Library. The aim of her program here in Denver is to gain "comprehensive knowledge of library science in the U.S. and to develop leadership skills."
Winner of the Nobel prize for literature in 1998, Portuguese novelist José Saramago died last month. He was 87. He left a long list of novels--and books in other genres, too--as his legacy in spite of the fact that he didn’t start writing novels until he was in his fifties.
Library Journal recommended Blindness as an “excellent choice for a book-discussion group.” Publishers Weekly said The Cave is a “remarkably generous and eloquent novel” and that “Saramago [had] an extraordinary ability to make a complex narrative read like a simple parable.”
I’m really looking forward to the upcoming Biennial of the Americas, a citywide event during the month of July. There will be art exhibits, entertainment and forums focusing on the Americas with visitors from many—maybe from all—of the countries of the Western Hemisphere in attendance. Here are some of the newer books related to the countries and cultures of the Western Hemisphere that captured my attention:
The Deep Water Horizon Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill has focused people's attention not only on the immediate environmental impact of the spill, but on the damage that will result in years to come, including concerns about health effects.
The National Library of Medicine has gathered useful information on Crude Oil Spills and Health from a variety of sources, including the Deep Water Horizon Unified Command official response, NOAA updates, chemical exposure and seafood contamination information from health and safety agencies, social media sites' information and more.