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Women, traveling alone, or with other women, have found that it is always an experience - sometimes a good one, sometimes not so good - but inevitably interesting. When you don't have the time or money to travel, take a trip with these women authors and you'll never have to leave the comfort of your home. After reading some of these books, however, you may be inspired to visit a place you've never considered before.

I have always found that after the jet lag has worn off, the bags are unpacked, and the souvenirs distributed, that what lives on for me are the stories of experiences in adapting to different cultures. People who love to travel will appreciate the stories shared by these authors in their travel memoirs.

Following is a list of some of my favorites that are worth a read:

Message from City Librarian: 2012 Budget Update

On Monday, November 14, the Denver City Council will vote to pass the City's 2012 budget. After much discussion and negotiation, we are anticipating that the Library's budget will essentially remain flat for 2012. If approved, we will have the same service levels as 2011 (outlined in my last blog post), and the new branch in Stapleton will be open 32 hours per week.

Also, you may have seen in the Denver Post recently that Mayor Hancock opposed Councilman Chris Herndon’s potential amendment to increase funding for the Denver Public Library in 2012 in order to support additional hours at branches that serve the poorer neighborhoods in Denver. At the November 7 City Council meeting, Councilman Herndon decided not to bring this amendment forward.

Thanksgiving (Dysfunction Palooza) 2011

Norman Rockwell's Freedom From Want

Are Norman Rockwell's images portrayals of the world he lived in or are they wishful painting?

One year for Thanksgiving, I begged my mom to bring the roasted turkey to the table uncarved so that we might participate in a tableau vivant of Norman Rockwell's painting Freedom From Want. As a middle class kid interested in art, I was familiar with many of Rockwell's beloved illustrations and I was convinced that this Thanksgiving scene should be acted out. Here's how it went down:

Colorado Authors Series: Michael Altman, No Simple Highway

No Simple Highway

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series continues this Saturday, November 12 at 11:00 a.m. at Schlessman with Michael Altman, who will discuss his book No Simple Highway.

No Simple Highway is a psychological thriller set in Denver in 1972. It deals with combat trauma, spiritual healing, and parapsychology in an action-packed and thought-provoking look at social issues that are as relevant today as they were in the 1970s.

Mr. Altman is a retired Vietnam Air Force psychiatrist who lives in Denver. He has a long-term interest in mystical spirituality. He is currently practicing what he calls the four "Gs"--guitar, golf, gardening, and keeping up with a Golden Retriever.

Great documentaries about the arts

cover for exit through the gift shop

I’ve been looking for some extra inspiration in the studio lately, so I’m revisiting favorite documentaries on the arts.

Exit Through the Gift Shop - Banksy created this film using footage from a French shop owner obsessed with graffiti and meeting Banksy. Beautiful images, and a surprising twist.

Andy Goldsworthy rocks my socks!

collage of andy goldsworthy work

Every once in a while I happen upon something that just blows my brain right out of my head, my first encounter with the art of Andy Goldsworthy was just such a moment.

Andy Goldsworthy is a British environmental artist. He uses nature as his canvas, his tools, his inspiration and his medium. Watching a Goldsworthy creation happen can be awe inspiring or cringe worthy depending on how nature is feeling about Andy that day. His books show the final beauty but you have to watch the DVD, Rivers and Tides Working With Time, to understand the real dedication that this man has for his craft.

Mythical Programs @ Fresh City Life My Branch

It's no myth--Fresh City Life My Branch has a diversity of programs for you to choose from this week, including one on mythical geography!

If you want to improve your knitting skills, share your knowledge, or just find a great group of folks to share your hobby with, try the Sit 'n Knit group at Bear Valley, Tuesday, November 8 from 10:30-12:30. Fiber hosts: Kathy Orth & Charlotte Updike.

Hey Pilgrim, Let's Party Like It's 1621

An early publicity shot of Marilyn Monroe as Pilgrim. MM loved Thanksgiving.

Does our contemporary Thanksgiving menu bear any resemblance to the original?

The first Thanksgiving feast was launched by the Pilgrims in the autumn of 1621 to celebrate having made it through their first winter and a summer growing season helped along by their friends in the Wompanoag tribe. But does our contemporary Thanksgiving dinner have any connection to that first celebration?

What If Shakespeare Wasn't Really Shakespeare?

Possible portrait of William Shakespeare

What if William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon didn't actually write the plays and poems of "Shakespeare?" What if someone else secretly wrote them and Shakespeare was merely a front?

This is the plot of the new movie Anonymous, but the Shakespeare authorship question has been around for more than 200 years. The historical Shakespeare didn't leave much of a paper trail - and some people believe he lacked the education and experience to write such masterpieces of English literature as Hamlet and Macbeth.

Many different people have been proposed as the true author of his works - Christopher Marlowe, Francis Bacon, and even Queen Elizabeth herself!

Hold the turkey, hold the stuffing.

cornucopia

Are you freaked out because your son is bringing his vegan girlfriend for Thanksgiving? Wondering what to feed a gluten-free friend? Cooking for someone who has food preferences different from your own can be daunting. Fortunately, the internet has a treasure trove of recipes that will please any type of eater. So get out your laptop, fire up the oven, and prepare to sit down to a feast that everyone on your guest list can enjoy!

You're probably wondering what a post about special diets is doing in the Library's Technology Blog. Well if you're an adventurer like me, you hop online to get the latest news, check weather reports, and ooo and awwwww over photos of your friends' kids. The web is also my favorite place to find recipes! It's true. I can often be found whipping up vegan vittles in my kitchen with my laptop sitting safely atop the breakfast bar. I have piles of vegan cookbooks, but when I've cooked for friends with different dietary restrictions I went to the internet for recipes.

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