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God's Not Dead

Friday, September 19, 2014
God's Not Dead

DVD review: God’s not dead. This movie involves conflict & resolution in a religious realm. A professor of a philosophy class “told his class” to write on a piece of paper, “God is dead” and sign their name. He said doing this would allow that student to pass the class. Josh was the only student that could not even remotely participate in this “assignment.” The professor was not happy with the student’s reluctance at “doing what he was told.” Josh had to “debate” 3 lectures to support his reasoning. The professor threatened Josh that if he continued to “win over the students” and disbar the professor’s authority, he would prevent Josh from being admitted to pre-law. His lectures affected other skeptics. Two students had strict fathers of either oriental or middle eastern descents. The students did convert. Two other couples went through changes. One woman had cancer & her partner didn’t want to be hampered with her dilemma. The other involved the professor’s partner ending their relationship because she didn’t like not having her freedom & being “told” what she can and cannot do. The end of the movie left a positive resolution. Check our catalog

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Titanic: Blood and Steel

Friday, June 6, 2014
3 part DVD
Titanic: Blood and Steel

The movie “Titanic: Blood & steel” is a 3 part dramatic rendition of the events prior to the Titanic’s  demise.  You get to examine the workers, administrators, & the financial backers that could have been accountable for the sinking incident. The “blood” part of the movie is in reference to the number of people that died because of the political & religious conflicts that took place in Ireland where the ship was built. The steel part of the title refers to the possibility that the steel wasn’t tempered hot enough and that there was a steel strike in effect during the construction of the Titanic. Watching this movie encouraged me to learn more about this tragic incident. One of the books that I read was “Gilded lives, fatal voyage.” Narratives of the “rich and famous” were “scrupulously” researched and very fascinating to read. One such passenger, named Elinor Glyn wrote the book, “Three weeks” which launched a new publishing genre—the erotic romance novel.  

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Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness

Monday, May 20, 2013
Rebecca Lerner
Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness

Imagine relying on nature for food or medicine for your family; harvesting  “weeds”, such as dandelion, stinging nettles, mint, or knowing when to reap berries, nuts and roots, even devouring ant eggs, termites, or slugs like chimpanzees—no opening cans unless you canned it yourself. The author challenged herself to “live off” the “food” found in her neighborhood of Portland, Oregon for one week. She couldn’t achieve squelching the grumbling in her stomach with the little “food” that she harvested in her neighborhood. A few reasons she didn’t accomplish “surviving” off the land were because there was too much concrete; when she found green space with edible plants they were sprayed with pesticides; and edible food is harvested in certain seasons—nuts, berries, roots. She revisited her challenge in November and succeeded after squirreling away edible plants and fruits throughout the year. She made flour with acorns and was happy to “doctor” living beings with the “medicine” that she found in nature. Any time that I walk in nature, my eyes are searching for edible plants and fruits, even stinging nettle--but not insects.

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Friends with kids

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

DVD title: Friends with kids. This drama is about 3 groups of couples. Two of them have children. Whenever the groups get together at each others homes or restaurants, there is chaos involving the children. The drama also shows the stress on the husband and wife’s relationship. The couple that does not have children are “single” and they decide to “get pregnant” and co-parent their child. They want to prove that parenting can be done in a positive manner. When the “single” couple have their friends over, the “married couples” (one set has since been divorced) are astonished how well the single couple are coping. Discussion between the friends question the ethics of raising a child in separate homes. Will the child adjust to having a mom and a dad that are not married? What if the “single” couple get married to different partners? Will the child miss out on a normal “family life”? I gave the movie a “thumbs down”. Check our catalog. Geralyn, Technical Services

Lone wolf ; The grey

Monday, July 9, 2012
Jodi Picoult

“Ahh woooo, ahh woo woo woo” Can you decipher what that means? Well, maybe if you read the book, Lone wolf: a novel by Jodi Picoult or watch the movie, “The grey”, starring Liam Neeson,  you might be able to communicate with wolves. Both stories are about survival after traumatic accidents. Luke, the main character in “Lone wolf” reminisces about his life with his family of wolves and his “biological family” that includes a 17 year old daughter that was in the accident with him; an adult son that he’s been estranged from for over 6 years; and an ex-wife, while in a coma. The book is narrated by each family member as they cope with the possibility of “unplugging a life.” Through Luke’s narration, it’s evident that he prefers his wolf family. The characters in the movie are stalked by menacing wolves as the men try to survive in a harsh environment hoping that they will be rescued. Check our catalog for the book Check our catalog for the DVD. Geralyn Technical Services

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What the Animals Taught Me: Stories of Love and Healing from a Farm Animal Sanctuary

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Stephanie Marohn
What the Animals Taught Me: Stories of Love and Healing from a Farm Animal Sanct

This is a different kind of animal rescue book. The author really observes the behavior of the animals (donkeys, sheep, chickens, and turkeys) that she brings onto her farm. She comes to believe that her “flock” are animal messengers to teach her unconditional love lessons. The author deals with death and birth and also lessons of letting go of judgment; respect for all beings; the courage to be free; flowing with change; and realizing that every moment is a sanctuary. This story gave me a different perspective on tending to the everyday needs of farm animals. The author showed that it can be a joy and a blessing.

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Cleo: the cat who mended a family

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Helen Brown

First of all, I was surprised that this book was an “international” bestseller. The author was born in New Zealand and now lives in Australia. The book has been translated into twelve languages. Another unordinary note is that Cleo the cat lives to be almost a quarter century old which is very unusual for a pet to live. Helen Brown’s family was able to cope with life’s ups and downs, sometimes traumatic events, with the help of Cleo’s innate abilities to lessen stress and sadness. One such “healing” took place when a purring Cleo laid on the abdomen of a family member that was recovering from Crohn’s surgery. Check our catalog

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A 1000-mile walk on the beach: one woman’s trek of the perimeter of Lake Michigan

Friday, December 16, 2011
Loreen Niewenhuis
A 1000-mile walk on the beach

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Loreen’s  1,019 mile Lake Trek around Lake Michigan. She started walking from Navy Pier, Chicago in March of 2009. It took her 64 days (not continuously), walking an average of 16 miles a day to finish in September 2009. Her longest daily trek was 25 miles and her shortest was 5 miles, because at times she had to walk against the wind and over boulders that acted as retaining walls. An excerpt from her book explained her feelings. “I was becoming attuned to the rhythms of the lake, the connections of rivers and streams to the big body of water, sensitized to the flow of air over waves. I was also connecting to the shoreline, the undulations, the geology, the plants and wildlife. The shapes of the shoreline were meaningful; for instance, I knew a certain curve would allow a river to merge with the lake, while a larger curve would create a bay, creating a space that would calm the waters enough to allow more plant life to thrive.  I felt like I belonged, that I was part of the circle, that I was there to record the lake in my body with each stride." Would I take on such a feat? You betcha! Check our catalog

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The Last American Man

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Elizabeth Gilbert

Eustace Conway was enamored with a pioneer spirit and living off the land at a young age. After graduating high school, he lived in a teepee for 17 years. He has accomplished many adventures including walking the 2175 mile Appalachian Trail; surviving on what he hunted and gathered; hiking across the German Alps (in sneakers); kayaking across Alaska; living with the Navajo in New Mexico and the Mayans in Guatemala; and traversing the United States from east to west and south to north using horse power.

Eustace set a record by crossing the U.S. by horse in 103 days. Besides learning survival skills from natives, Eustace soaked up his mother’s tomboy inclinations and his grandfather’s tutelage of nature. One of his missions in life is to encourage others to live off the land. He visits schools and communities dressed in animal furs, encouraging other humans to go back to nature. He invites apprentices to his Appalachian utopian wilderness called Turtle Island near Boone, North Carolina. Most of them leave because Eustace’s expectations are too high—he strives for perfection. Visit for more insight into the last American man. I hope to read more personal narratives of humans going “back to the land.” Who knows, someday I may be one of them.  FYI, Gilbert also wrote Eat, Pray, Love and Committed.

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The Book of Eli (DVD)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Like the movie “9”, the “Book of Eli” takes place “after the end of the world” as we know it today. The existence for humans consists of searching for drinkable water and edible food. In some cases, cannibalism is a means of subsistence. The landscape is bleak.

Eli is walking west carrying a special book as part of a mission. Whenever he encounters “a community,” he is considered an outsider, so he has to fight his way “out” to survive. Eli’s skills with weapons are amazing. He is joined by a follower that is intrigued by his manner and the fact that he has read from the same book “every day” for 30 years. One entrapped community has a leader that is searching for a particular book that will
give him renowned powers. His underlings are always on the lookout for any book so that they can show their leader to receive praise. Eli’s book is identified, so he has to step up his means to stay alive and protect his treasure.

The book becomes in possession by the wrong hands. But once it is unwrapped and opened the greedy leader cannot read how to gain worldly powers because the book is written in Braille. Eli is wounded while protecting his treasure. Questions are raised about how he survives. Once Eli is in a safe place, he verbally recites “The Book” (Bible) so it is written in a more universal language and kept in a protected archive. His follower continues walking west to fulfill “His” mission.

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