We've all seen the statistic: Most people rate their fear of public speaking higher than fear of death itself.
This commonly cited (and questionable) statement seems to have originated from The Book of Lists (1977), which got its information from an elusive 1973 study called the "Bruskin Report," a study consisting of a small sample of people who were asked to choose and rate their biggest fears from a list which also included heights, bugs, flying, and elevators.
What do Madonna, Oprah and Sting have in common, other than being obscenely wealthy and only needing one name?
They, along with millions of other people, practice Pilates.
German-born Joseph Pilates (1883-1967) was a bullied, sickly child who suffered from asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever. As he grew up, he devoted his life to developing a self-improvement system, drawn from Zen and the ancient Greek notion of a man ideal in body, mind and spirit. He came to believe that bad posture and improper breathing were the causes of poor health.
Crowdfunding (the collective effort of individuals to pool their money through the Internet) has gotten very crowded in the last few years, with over 35,000 projects being funded since 2009 by industry leader Kickstarter alone.
Forbes Magazine reports that 2013 will be the year that this relatively new method of fundraising will consolidate, rather than expand -- it's time for the leaders with quality sites to prevail, much like Amazon, Ebay or Craigslist did.
Crowdfunding can be divided into these categories:
February is Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month, a campaign designed to encourage everyone to take steps to "remove barriers and make a change in your life for the better." Reflect on how you can make a difference for yourself, your family, your business, or your community. Then acquire the tools and skills you need to act on your ideas and dreams.
Planting the seeds of greatness aligns so perfectly with one of the Library’s strategic impact statements: “People’s lives are improved by acquiring the resources and skills needed to prosper and contribute...” If you are ready to sow the seeds of improvement and turn your goals into reality, the library has a useful collection of tools to help you succeed.
Our tried-and-true Statistical Abstract of the U.S. is now available online to Denver Public Library card holders. Use the table of contents to drill down by topic, or use the search box to search by keyword or table number.
Happy 2013! A new year means new school assignments, and we'd like to help you have the best learning experience possible by offering you a one-on-one appointment with your very own librarian.
Our goal is to supply you with reliable and scholarly sources of information that are customized to your particular topic. We'll even share all of our secrets and tips so you can do it on your own next time. All learning levels are welcome, from grade school to college.
The Oxford English Dictionary is more than a dictionary – it is more like a history of the English language. Save $1000 by using our online version! With more than 600,000 words and millions of quotations, it can show you how words have changed meaning over time or how many were introduced by Shakespeare. Learn some advanced tips and tricks and become a power user.
Generous, majestic, lonely, laughable. These are all words introduced into English by the Immortal Bard himself, Shakespeare. How many English words are from this one person? What are they? To answer this with authority, there is only one place to go - the Oxford English Dictionary. Save $1000 and find the OED on our website under Research Resources in Dictionaries & Encyclopedias or under Databases A-Z.
"The future ain't what it used to be." - Yogi Berra
This time of the year there are lots of predictions about what will happen in the next year. But how good would you be at predicting what will happen 100 years from now?
In December 1900 John Elfreth Watkins, Jr. wrote an article for Ladies Home Journal entitled "What May Happen in the Next Hundred Years." Watkins, whose father was a curator of technological collections at the U.S.
Stags and sea? In Denver? Not so much, but wind and cold are certainly ...usually ...typical of winter on the Front Range. And darkness? Oh yes. Daylight has been in steady decline since the autumnal equinox on September 22, and will not increase until after the winter solstice on December 21. Whether you are a modern commuter coping with