Author: Andy Hissett

Mar
27

Poetry Reading at the Library’s Writers and You

The Miami Township Branch of Clermont County Public Library’s Poetry Reading at the Library event, now in its fourth year, is a National Poetry Month program designed for those ages 18 and up who enjoy spoken word in its many forms: poetry, floetry, monologue, essay, short story, song, or raps/riffs/rhymes. This year’s event is special for many reasons, […]

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Dec
27

Dystopian books for adults

Teen dystopian books and series such as The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner, with their attendant popularity and movie deals, have become all the rage among readers and viewers who favor tales that are “relating to or denoting an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian […]

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Dec
18

Unplugging in a Device-Free Zone

Unplug? Go without cell phone/computer/internet/movies/television/music/games? Why would I want to do that? It’s not like it’s addictive or harmful for me. Or is it? The ongoing unplugged movement, which celebrates face-to-face human interaction and communing with the physical world, or meatspace, as opposed to cyberspace or a virtual environment, suggests it is healthy to get […]

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Jun
15

8+ Unread (Must Read!) Classics

This blog is a librarian confessional; a shameful list of as-yet-undiscovered worlds. Perusing my Goodreads To-Read bookshelf, I see 50+ unread  books, consisting of both fiction and nonfiction. I have narrowed this imposing list down to 8-ish for this post based on the following criteria: the book must be more than ten years old, considered a […]

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Apr
09

Mindfulness

Shutterstock.com  has published an article about 2016 trends based on download data from their site (they sell photos), and one of those trends is Mindfulness. What is that? According to Psychology Today, “Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, […]

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Jan
18

Creativity and David Bowie

January is International Creativity Month, and the sad fact that David Bowie passed away on January 10 has many people marveling at the extraordinarily creative person he was. How can his creative processes inspire us? His list of accomplishments is staggering: singer, songwriter, performer, record producer, actor, playwright, visual artist, and successful businessman. Cameron Crowe […]

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Jan
17

Philip K. Dick: Writings and Movies

Philip K. Dick (often abbreviated PKD) was groundbreaking. His writings were visionary and frequently prescient. His protagonists were usually normal people, working in business or repairing appliances. They weren’t superheroes and often existed in environments atypical for science fiction. He dealt with philosophical, sociological, political, and metaphysical themes using comprehensible language. PKD fundamentally changed SF. He […]

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Lilias! The First Lady of Yoga

Lilias Folan (or simply Lilias!) has been referred to as: “The Julia Child of Yoga” by Time “One of the luminaries of American Yoga” by Yoga Journal  “One of four fearless women who changed yoga’s destiny” by Yoga International “One of 40 Who Shaped the City” by Cincinnati magazine 1963  Lilias began her yoga journey in Stanford, CT […]

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