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Steampunk: Where the Future Meets the Past

While doing some early online holiday shopping, I came across the "steampunk roadkill leather top hat," on sale for $346.50, reduced from $495.00. Although I decided against buying the hat, I realized that I wasn't exactly sure what "steampunk" is, or where it came from.

Food for Thought - Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes with Secret Ingredients

Although Thanksgiving is all about tradition, you can create your own twist on classic dishes just by adding unexpected ingredients to time-honored recipes:

Myofascial Trigger Points: A Real Pain in the Neck

During his presidency, John F. Kennedy suffered from nearly debilitating pain that almost ended his political career. He turned to Dr. Janet G. Travell, pioneer researcher of the concept of myofascial trigger points, a chronic pain disorder caused by pressure on sensitive points in your muscles that results in "referred" pain in seemingly unrelated parts of your body.

The Making of a Comic Masterpiece: A Confederacy of Dunces

"When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him."

--Jonathan Swift, epigraph from Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting

How to Prepare a Living Will and Durable Medical Power of Attorney

Currently, only about 1 in 4 Americans has a Living Will, a legal document that details what medical decisions should be made if you become too sick or injured to speak for yourself.

Walk This Way: How to See the City, Improve Your Health and Find Adventure

The Old Farmer's Almanac says that we'll be having plenty of cool, sunny days in Denver this Autumn, perfect for walking one of our city's colorful parks, trails, or neighborhoods.  According to the Mayo Clinic, not only does a brisk walk offer benefits such as maintaining a healthy weight, prevention of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, it also can improve balance and give your mood a boost.

Back to School: Fashion Trends for Fall 2014

According to Pinterest's Teens Fashion, Seventeen Magazine and TeenVogue, this fall's back-to-school trends include:

Attack of the Homegrown Tomatoes

"Only two things that money can't buy and that's true love and homegrown tomatoes."

--Guy Clark, "Home Grown Tomatoes"

After last summer's squash fiasco, this year I decided to concentrate on growing tomatoes, which are more nutritious, manageable, versatile, and easier to give away.

RITA Awards: Excellence in Romance Novels and Novellas

Amid the rippling, throbbing, pounding heat of July in San Antonio, romance novel authors, publishers, readers and judges will gather for the Rita Awards to recognize outstanding published works in their chosen genre.

Although romances are often stigmatized and ignored by literary critics, they have the largest market share of fiction sales, followed by religious/inspirational, mystery, science fiction/fantasy and classical literature.

What We're Reading II

Due to popular demand, the critically acclaimed series from the library's Literary Bureau, "What We're Reading," is back. Our tireless researchers have read books on their lunch hours, breaks and even at home in order to share their findings.

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