Compared to legends like Billie Holliday and Shirley Horne, Abbey Lincoln was born Anna Marie Wooldridge August 6, 1930 in Chicago, the 10th of 12 children. Heading to L.A. at the age of 19, she became a nightclub singer until she rose to stardom. Sadly, Ms. Lincoln passed away this weekend at the age of 80.
In addition to being an amazing singer, Abbey Lincoln was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in 1969 for her role as the title character in For Love of Ivy starring opposite Sidney Poitier, who also wrote the story. This came as no surprise to those who had seen her in the 1964 film, Nothing but a Man.
Sports Illustrated once noted about John Wooden: "There has never been a finer coach in American sports. Nor a finer man." Wooden, the beloved UCLA men's basketball coach, died at the age of 99 in June.
John Wooden's communication style was markedly different than say Pat Summit, another personal favorite. Wooden tried to make each day his masterpiece and coached by the Golden Rule. Coaching was the path of service to mankind for Wooden and effective teamwork was a hallmark of his coaching. He also had a fondness for maxims. A few of my favorites include:
Have you recently traded in your stylish handbag for a diaper bag? Do you miss eating dinner with two hands while your food is still warm? Have your Facebook posts gone from witty comments to ponderings on baby poo?
Born August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas, Steve Martin is an accomplished actor, comedian, playwright, novelist, and Grammy winning banjo player. His narration of the audio versions of his books is just icing on the side-splittingly funny cake.
If you hear a ruckus coming from The Fields at Dick's Sporting Goods Park this weekend, it's just the Mile High Music Festival. 45 musical artists will be playing August 14 and 15, including some of the hottest bands out there!
The lineup is stellar. Many have released a new album this year!
Celebrate Colorado's 134th anniversary of becoming a state on Sunday, August 15 at 3pm by exploring the rich diversity of the Colorado Book Awards. Pick from the wide selection of winners, or other books celebrating our great state! Share what you're reading or just come to learn about titles that you'll want to read.
I have read eBooks occasionally over the years, on my old Palm PDA, on a laptop, even on a regular desktop computer. I never thought I would get a special eBook reader as I've been hoping for the long awaited converging mobile technology, the phone that will be small for the pocket but large for reading, capable of doing all things but still fast.
Circumstances came together recently instigating me to buy a Nook eReader from Barnes and Noble. The Nook is compatible with the Library's wide variety of downloadable books in EPUB format. Many PDF books are also usable on the Nook.
August 12 is a day of inventions. On this day in history, Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine; Henry Ford's Model T rolls off the assembly line; and the IBM personal computer is released.
In addition to books about these and other inventions, modern inventors will find PubWEST imminently useful.
My favorite invention, other than running water and the printing press, is duct tape. If I could invent one thing it would be a combined washing machine and dryer or a car that ran on garbage like in Back to the Future 2.
Duct tape was originally invented by Johnson & Johnson to provide a waterproof seal for munitions boxes during World War II. Whether you want to make prom dresses, wallets, handbags, ties, or use it for its more traditional purposes, duct tape is one of the most beloved and versatile products ever invented.