It's List Season! Best-of lists are popping up everywhere, and music lists are my favorite of the best-of lists. Here are some lists and their top choices of 2011. Several of the lists below have Bon Iver and Adele in their top three, but there is some variety in the picks.
There is a lot of great fantasy being written in the land of Oz these days.
For some reason Australian authors have been popping up all over my radar lately. From one of my favorite illustrated series Monster Blood Tattoo, to the Black Magician Trilogy, Australian authors seem to have their thumbs on my fantasy pulse.
I don't like to think of myself as a total sap, but when it comes to holiday movies I seem to like them syrupy sweet and starring Bing Crosby. What am I talking about?
I love those movies from the 1940's and 1950's that are my strange harbinger of the holiday season. The holiday movie genre pulls out all the stops when it comes to tugging at your heartstrings. These are tales of generals missing the war, elderly mothers from Ireland reuniting with their priestly sons, mistaken motives, unrequited love, all coupled with people bursting into songs often on elaborate Hollywood backlots. Here are my top three:
Are you curious about the world around you? If so, here are some books to spark your curiousity. Hopefully, these books will help you learn something new about the world around you.
Carl Sagan was one of the greatest astronomers and published over 600 scientific articles. In his book The Demon Haunted World, Sagan shows us how scientific thinking can help us determine what is true and what is not. If you are curious about whether or not acupuncture and other alternative medicines really work, this is the book for you!
This Sunday offers an opportunity to forego football on TV and enjoy live music by Golden's celebrated Jefferson Symphony Orchestra.
For almost 60 seasons, these volunteer performers have practiced long hours to produce a professional quality musical experience for audiences in Jefferson County. Most have regular jobs and are motivated by love and appreciation of great music and the opportunity to share it with the community. The JSO also supports young musicians with its "Young Artist Competition" by recognizing and rewarding contestants both local and from around the world.
Moving, touching, wonderfully written and inspiring - adjectives that describe all these books and more.
The holiday season always brings about warm, fuzzy feelings to me. Memories of holidays of long ago bounce in and out of my reverie. The winter night that my sister and I spied Santa and Mrs. Santa putting our wished for swing set together in the backyard. It was a revelation for both of us. We never told Mom and Dad and we were “surprised” on Christmas day. The end of innocence.
The Denver Post recently wrote an article about how libraries need to reinvent themselves in the digital age titled: "Digital update for the public library" (12/7/11).
The article states “Libraries will look very different in the digital age, and they must," and also questions how DPL will remain relevant. We have a lot of data and many success stories to demonstrate our relevance. In the coming months as we engage the community to talk about our future and sustainable funding, these stories will be told.
In the meantime, here is the letter to the editor I submitted in response to the article (note, I was limited to about 150 words).