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How close are we to: Modern Technology = Mind Control?

Science-fiction is full of great "what-ifs". Many stories have reflected the paranoia that often comes with change, going back as far as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
In modern times, technology changes our lives so quickly and completely that it's inevitable that science fiction would reflect our modern fears about technology taking over our lives.
Recent titles that take aim at the pervasiveness of technology include American day Dream by Margot Pepper and ReVision by Andrea Phillips.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander coverThere is something magical about the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon.  Sure, there is the element of time travel, but that is not the only thing to capture you.  There is adventure, anguish, childbirth, history, marriage, romance, war, and whiskey.  And more. 

The books of Outlander defy a single genre placement.  Probably the broadest term you could use would be historical fiction, but that still does not fully capture the presence of a 20th century English woman in 18th century Scotland, as the main protagonist, Claire, is the first person narrator of our tale.

My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today by Nora Pouillon with Laura Fraser

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Panera Bread recently announced that it plans to remove dozens of artificial ingredients used in its popular menu items.

Behind the Gates of Gomorrah: A Year with the Criminally Insane by Stephen Seager

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Not all individuals who commit heinous crimes go to prison.

About Our Speaker for the May 14 program on Near-Death Experience

 

Greetings Edge Readers!

 

I thought I'd tell you a little about our speaker for the May 14 program on Near-Death Experience.

 

That's her in the stary blue sky above; she's Susan Fox, an internationally known brain dialog researcher, certified consulting hypnotist, writer, life coach and public speaker.  She is a Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-philosopher practitioner, a Reiki Master Teacher, and an Energy Field Intuitive.

 

She received her hypnotherapy certification in 1988 at the Hypnotism Training Institute of Los Angeles, CA. and writes the NGH column called Hypnosis Scripting.   

 

Space (and time) permitting,  I will include her official bio in the program booklet for the May 14 presentation along with her list of suggested websites and reading.  She's been the recipient of a number of honors.

 

Though she'll be talking to us about the near-death experience when she's here in a couple of weeks,  her specialty is helping clients create and sustain happy relationships.  If you check out her web site at brainviewtraininginstitute.com, you can view both a list of her other speaking engagements around the country and a list of books she's written.

 

Susan has had her own personal Near-Death Experience; she'll talk about that and about Near-Death Experiences in general.  She tells me she'll be asking participants to engage in some practical perceptual exercises and there will be time for open discussion, so you'll be able to ask questions and relate your own experiences.

 

I'd like to write more, but I'm running out of time, so I'll ask you to check back in a couple of days, for more about this sure to be exciting program.

 

Remember to register, if you haven't already, by calling 440-250-5460, asking at any public service desk, or online using our event calendar

 

If you leave your email address when you register, I'll send you a reminder message a day or two before the program, so you won't forget.

 

 

The Cannes Film Festival

In celebration of The Cannes Film Festival, the library is having a “Canned Film Festival!" We will be showing films to benefit the Westlake Food Pantry. The admission for a movie is one canned food item. Please register by calling 440-250-5462 or online.

Hypnotherapist, Susan Fox, on Near-Death Experience; May 14, 7-8:30 pm

Greetings Edge Readers!

 

Heads Up! Westlake Porter Public Library welcomes an exciting new speaker. May 14, 2015; 7-8:30 pm  in the Porter Room, hypnotherapist, Susan Fox, speaks on Near-Death Experience.

 

What happens when we die? Are all those accounts we hear true? Hear Susan relate her first-hand experience and talk about the general nature of NDEsListen, learn, ask questions, and tell your own story.

 

The date is fast approaching, we hope you can join us, so register now; call 440-250-5460, ask at any public service desk, or use our online event calendar.

 

I'll have more about this program in coming days, so watch the Edge. There'll be information about Susan, about NDEs, and about library materials on the topic.

 

 

The British are Coming (Part II)

Hello, everyone!  I hope you're all excited about our upcoming program, Rock n' Roll History: The British Invasion with the Doc of Rock n' Roll: Dr. Joel Keller!  In addition to Dr. Keller's presentation, there has been a new addition to Monday's program!

The Avengers and Comic Books in Pop Culture

BAM! POW! The Avengers are back on the big screen!!

Learning Linux: Maker Stations

image of old self check machineDo you remember our old self-check machines? Maybe not so fondly? Two of them are coming back, but in a good way! When the library added the new self-check machines, there was a question about what to do with the old ones. We tried selling them, but no one wanted them.

I had an idea. Last summer, we had a lot of interest in Raspberry Pi at our maker event. What if we turned the two free-standing units into stations where people could come and play with the RPi?

Building Services refinished the desktops -- they look fantastic, btw. I gutted all of the self-checks for parts to be used in the library or for future Maker Club projects.