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Colorado Authors Series Presents Carol Batrus

When Elephants Fly

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Carol Batrus on Saturday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m. at Schlessman.

Ms. Batrus, Columbia University graduate and Wall Street survivor, shows how one person can make a difference in the lives of many in her memoir When Elephants Fly: One Woman's Journey from Wall Street to Zululand. Unsatisfied with her life even after much success, Batrus traveled to Africa, where she learned to live without the gifts of modern infrastructure.

Are you a Single Parent?

50 wonderful ways to be a Single-Parent Family

Being a single mother or father can be very overwhelming!

There are so many responsibilities involved with being a parent and being single can certainly make it difficult. Coping with the idea of divorce for you and your children can make your head spin hundred degrees. The questions arise as to who will get to keep the children which days and which holidays. If the father or mother is not involved in the child's life it creates problems because children start to ask questions.

Different feelings arise and single parents might feel like they don't have the answers to their children's questions. Do you ever feel like there is nobody to help you out? Do you feel like no one understands what you are going through? Do you need help finding childcare for your children?

Then take a look at these books:

Colorado Authors Series Presents Phyllis Perry

Speaking Ill of the Dead

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Phyllis Perry at Schlessman Family Branch on Sunday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Phyllis J. Perry has written over 70 books for adults and young people. Among these are Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Colorado History and It Happened in Rocky Mountain National Park. Speaking Ill of the Dead is a delightfully wicked look at the badly behaved characters who shaped the history of Colorado.

In Praise of Mary Doria Russell

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Do you love literary fiction? Historical fiction? Science fiction? This author is a rare find - someone who can cross genres with ease, style, and literary merit. She has won many national and international awards for her work. If you haven't read her, you should!

Many years ago, I discovered The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell and loved it, but somehow with all of the other books on my list, I never revisited her work. Then, this year, Doc hit our featured titles table. I snagged a copy and devoured it in three days. It was so good, I was compelled to read every work of fiction she ever wrote.

Colorado Authors Series Presents Hannah Nordhaus

The Beekeeper's Lament

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Hannah Nordhaus on Saturday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman.

Nordhaus is the author of The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Million Honey Bees Help Feed America, which explores Colony Collapse Disorder and the story of beekeeper John Miller, who is on a mission to save the bees and the future of our food. Nordhaus is also an award winning journalist. Find out more about her on her web site. Special thanks to HarperCollins publishers for arranging this author visit.

Facebook: platform for the future?

The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick

Think Facebook is just another e-fad?

David Kirkpatrick's The Facebook Effect may make you think again.  Get closer to the full story with this Fortune technology writer's take on Facebook's amazingly brief history, from a Harvard dorm room to one of the web's most ubiquitous services with more than 750 million active users, half of which log on daily.

I'm all knotted up

crocheting

It's been said that when one crochets (or knits) all your troubles dissolve. I'm here to say, it's true!

Crocheting is like meditating. One pretty knot leads into another, building a creation of your own for yourself or as a gift. Soon one row is complete and then another. Soon a few minutes have passed, then an hour. Each knot is like a breath, a dance of fingers that create a whimsical design, a skirt, a scarf, something made from structure into love. I've lost myself in blankets, hats, and sweaters and the end result was a better frame of mind.

RAYMOND CHANDLER

image Raymond Chandler

"It is not a fragrant world"

   --Raymond Chandler

Born in 1888, Raymond Chandler was, along with Dashiell Hammett, hugely influential in the creation of the modern American detective novel. Gritty, luxurious, mid-century Los Angeles is the setting for his seven Philip Marlowe mysteries, most notably The Big Sleep & Farewell, My Lovely. He also wrote screenplays for highly successful adaptations of James M.

Outdoor Parenting

The kids are heading back to school and the summer sunlight is waning, but that doesn't mean family outdoor fun can't continue.

The benefits of outdoor play for children are numerous. Everything from enhanced brain development, social aptitude, physical fitness, and environmental appreciation have been linked to getting outside. With cooler temperatures on their way and fall colors just around the corner, here are some great books to help you leave the house and enjoy our amazing natural surroundings with your kids.

City Tales: Boston

A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane

Beantown. Birthplace of the American Revolution. Home to the first free public library and Boston cream pie.

City Tales is traveling to Boston and this armchair traveler is on a one-way ticket.  I have a few more weeks to cover every thing on my Colorado 'bucket list' but in the meantime let's enjoy a few tales about or set in Boston. 

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