Happy Father’s Day! Happy second day of summer! Happy 70th anniversary to my parents a few days ago! Happy almost half-way through 2020, and hopefully, a happier second half than the first half!
If you, like me, are looking for happier things to focus on or at least for some interesting distractions, look to Smiley Public Library for books, audio books, DVDs and CDs, all currently available through our Books to Go program. New items have continued to come in during our closure and are waiting for you. The library is a treasure trove of a variety of distractions.
Speaking of treasure… treasure hunters, history buffs, Anglophiles, archaeologists and just the curious will enjoy Lara Maiklem’s “Mudlark: In Search of London’s Past Along the River Thames.” Maiklem is a mudlark, someone who enjoys scavenging river banks at low tide for artifacts and her river of choice is the Thames. Among her findings are coins, pipes, medals, weapons, keys, jewelry, pottery, buttons and bottles. The age of her artifacts range from prehistoric, Roman era, Victorian era up to present-day. Research is involved in determining where to search (using old maps), what the items are, and where they came from. This really is a fascinating read and her descriptive writing may make you feel as if you are on location with her. The book does contain maps of the river to better understand her searches, but the only artifact pictures are on the cover and not in the book. I confess I took to the internet to see the types of things that Maiklem and other mudlarks have uncovered.
If you enjoyed Peggy Rowe’s memoir “About My Mother: True Stories of a Horse-crazy Daughter and her Baseball-obsessed Mother,” then you will be happy to know that her next book is now available for check out. “About Your Father and Other Celebrities I Have Known: Ruminations and Revelations from a Desperate Mother to Her Dirty Son” will again tickle your funny bone as she shares more family stories, this time focusing on her husband John, father of their three boys. Her sharp wit and warm affection for her family make for another very enjoyable and light-hearted read that is hard to put down. Peggy and John have enjoyed some celebrity status of their own besides being Mike Rowe’s parents, adding a few commercial shoots and book promotions to their own credit.
Lots of distraction comes from falling into a story and not wanting to leave it. “Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero,” by Christopher McDougall is such a story. McDougall, author of “Born to Run” captivates his audience as he tells of his family adopting and rehabilitating a severely neglected miniature donkey they call Sherman. With help from his Amish neighbors, spirited goats, other donkeys, and an equine expert who tells him Sherman needs a purpose, this becomes one humorous, touching, heartbreaking ride all the way to the finish line of the World Championship Leadville Burro Race.