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Best Wishes on February 29th!

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February 29th has me thinking about time.

In this world of increasing disparity, there is one thing that everyone is granted in equal measure: time. Everyone on this planet has 24 hours per day – no more, no less. So, how do you best use the time that you’ve got? Check out these books on time management and learn some strategies for making the most of your waking hours.

Successful Time Management for Dummies, by Dirk Zeller

Effective Time Management: Using Microsoft Office to Organize your Work and Personal Life, by Holger Woeltje

The 25 Best Time Management Tools and Techniques: How to Get More Done Without Driving Yourself Crazy, by Pamela Dodd and Doug Sundheim

Thank you Conoco Phillips Team

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Read Letter Day

Thank you to Conoco Phillips employees who volunteered for our Read Letter Day program,

hosted by Memorial Park Library, on February 14th, 2012!

Read Letter Day is an adult group volunteering opportunity where a social or employee group volunteer reading stories to children to promote literacy.

To learn more about this program, click here.

A day in the life of a Volunteer

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Volunteers and learners arrive at the Spanish Converastion Club.

Going over some Spanish vocabulary.

Students have mock conversations: results are hilarious!

Playing a learning game with the students

Heading home after a great night!

Going Solo, by Eric Klinenberg

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

I like living alone. I can do whatever I want, without feeling judged; I can exercise my supreme authority to do everything later; the choice of music is always mine, and there’s never someone else using the bathroom when I’m in the mood for a soak. Yes, I want to watch the same DVDs over and over again, and I don’t want to have to justify it! In this vast universe, there are 613 square feet over which I’m the dictator. And it’s fabulous.

So of course when I was browsing our new books, Going Solo appealed to me. Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone by Eric Klinenberg is an investigation into why so many adults are choosing to live alone, in cities all over the world. This phenomenon represents a huge shift from just decades ago, when most adults lived with at least one other person. Are singletons isolated weirdoes to be pitied? Klinenberg argues that they may actually be happier and even more engaged in community life than their married counterparts.

I’m only on page 44, but it’s really interesting so far. Perhaps I’ll read some more of it when I get home from work tonight. Or, I’ll opt instead to change into my PJs and dance to 90s pop music, or cook a nice risotto at midnight, or go through everything in my closet and try to create new outfits, until I get bored of that and start listening to podcasts. Or painting my nails. It’s my place and I live alone – we’ll see what this dictator is in the mood for...

Love Your Heart!

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Take a second and consider that throbbing lump of muscle mass at the centre of your chest. Doesn’t it almost seem miraculous? And yet millions of Canadians suffer from heart disease – a phenomenon that is largely preventable. This Valentine’s Day, lay off the chocolate and do something heart healthy.

  • Take a walk with a loved one, and have a long talk.
  • Watch a funny movie with a friend, and laugh till it hurts.
  • Take a quiet moment and do some yoga or meditation.
  • Crank your favourite music and dance like no one’s watching.
  • Make a list of all the things you’re grateful for, and all of the people you’re lucky to be surrounded by.
  • Prepare a great meal composed mainly of vegetables and wholesome grains.
  • Make love! (it's like yoga, but a little more interesting...)

Your local library branch has all sorts of information on cardiac health and wellness. Find out more about dietary practices, food and nutrition, physical activity, medication and side effects, statistics about Canadians’ health, and lots more. Our e-library is full of academic journals detailing scientific trials and experiments, new procedures and so on. Ask your librarian how to access health information in other languages, or about alternative treatments and therapies.

Love your heart! Unlike a boyfriend or husband, you really are stuck with the one you’ve got! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Black History Month: The Big O (part two)

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No, not that Big O. I mean Oprah. As in Oprah Winfrey, media mogul and self-made gazillionaire.

I recently borrowed the book CD Oprah: A Biography, by Kitty Kelley, and listened to it with surprise and intrigue. Apparently, there’s a whole lot more to Oprah than the glossy guru might let on. The impoverished background to which Oprah alludes may not be entirely accurate, and what about those rumours regarding Gayle King? What’s Stedman’s role in Oprah’s life, and why is Oprah so secretive about certain aspects of her past? Before her television network, philanthropic ventures, and mega-stardom, Oprah led a very different (lonely and drug feuled?!) life. Read more about it in Kelley’s (full disclosure: unauthorized) biography.

If you’re not prepared to have your mental image of Oprah besmirched, then skip the biography and stick with materials that maintain her near-saintly image. Check out some of our resources:

Love your Life! O's Handbook for your Best Today - and Tomorrow, by Oprah Winfrey

Dream Big! O's Guide to Discovering your Best Life, by Oprah Winfrey

To Oprah with Love: A Tribute, by Paul Natkin

February is Black History Month. Find out more by visiting your local library branch!

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