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Linda Street Creates a Beautiful Space

Greetings EDGE Readers!

 

Just wanted to write a little something to express my thanks to Linda Street and to all of you who attended our Coffee With Linda discussion group on January 29.

 

We had a really great conversation. Linda was wonderful, as usual, and the group was open and sharing, just the way I've been hoping it would be. I've borrowed the title of this post from one of the evaluations.  I agree, Linda did create a beautiful space to be in.

 

I've read the evaluations and will be sharing the results with Linda shortly.  We're going to try and incorporate some of your suggestions in future meetings.  If you didn't fill out an evaluation sheet after the program, you can still relay your interests for future programs or any other comment, by emailing me at Ilona.Miklos@westlakelibrary.org.  I'll pass them on to Linda.

 

For the next meeting, I know, Linda is thinking that we'll allot more time for the meditation, for one thing, and I'm thinking of asking her to talk a little more about meditation in general, since some of you have suggested that. 

 

In my private talks with Linda, I know we've discussed the many forms meditation can take, some of them traditional ones we've all heard of, involving assuming certain body positions and paying close attention to our breathing or focusing on something in particular, a word or phrase, for example.   But we also discussed other methods, walking or running outdoors, breathing deeply and taking in the beauty of nature;  or staring comfortably out a window at trees or clouds or birds or squirrels while quieting your mind.  I think meditation is a lot like listening. It's being prepared to receive something, the way you can be prepared to hear . . . 

 

I also think you can meditate while listening to certain kinds of music, or while being involved in some kind of creative or artistic activity.  So there are a lot of ways to meditate and I think, a discussion on that topic could be very illuminating and helpful.  I have something different up there now, but I think that in March, I'lll feature books on meditation on my endcap display near the 100s and 200s(ask a staff member where that is if you're unsure).

 

Artist of the Week#4: Mika

 

It's been pretty cold today.  Especially after the bright and warm weekend we just had, today seemed pretty bleak and depressing.  At least, I thought so.  There's something that happens in mid-winter every year.  The cold and the lack of sunlight leaves me feeling a bit depressed.  I need something to break me out of this winter funk.  And I think I might have found just the right artist.  If you're in the same boat as me, I suggest checking out our next artist of the week: Mika!

Black History Month

 

 

The Sports Section - Cold Days, Mostly Warm Thoughts

Some random thoughts as I watch the snow falling on a cold Cleveland day.

 

Rah Rah Mardi Gras

Here comes February!  Scattered in with a couple of presidential birthdays and Valentine’s Day is Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday on February 17th.

Get Ready...

How to Build Your Own Computer

Westlake Porter Public Library’s first Maker Club Emerging Technology Program, Take Apart Computers, was a big hit! Next month's will be Squishy Circuits, and you can reserve your spot for that here. I'll also be teaching four digital photo classes soon: Digital Photos Online, Picasa, Facebook Photo Albums, Instagram, and Snapchat, and Flickr, YouTube, and More, so sign up while you still can!

Taking apart a computer (and watching the video from that program) is a great way to learn how computers work. But there's nothing quite like really getting down to "byte size" by building a computer from scratch. With powerful desktop and laptop computers selling for only hundreds of dollars nowadays, it’s not necessarily more budget-friendly to build your own PC (unless you’re creating a very high-end machine), but it is educational.

Coffee With Linda 2: January 29, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Dover Room

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Greetings Edge Readers!
 
Our resident spiritual channeler, intuitive, and teacher, Linda Street, is returning to Westlake Porter Public Library this Thursday evening, January 29, 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the Dover Room, for Coffee With Linda, an intimate, casual discussion of spiritual healing and growth. 
 
Linda is the author of Rays of Light-Listen to the Dark, a book channeled from higher consciousness, which explains how we can access the frequencies of the Universe and the energies of Nature to heal ourselves psychologically and spiritually, to obtain guidance, and on occasion, answers to specific questions.  Linda will be talking about her book and showing us how we can use the therapy outlined in it to rid ourselves of limiting patterns and, so, achieve our life goals and be happy.
 
Linda will begin this session with a description of her work: her past experience with energy therapy and her current focus.  From there, the discussion can go anywhere.  We hope you'll feel comfortable asking questions and relating personal experiences.  Linda will give you her take on your personal situation.
 
In my last discussion with Linda, I learned that she intends to lead us in a guided meditation for part of the meeting and to give us all an opportunity for practical experience with a powerful spiritual tool that facilitates our ability to access and draw on the energies of nature
 

Artist of the Week #3: Michael Crawford

I love musicals!  There's something about a story set to music that always resonsates with me.  Whether I'm watching a live or recorded performance, or just listening to a CD in my car, I am always in the mood for show tunes.  This wasn't always the case, however.  For a long time, I ignored this wonderful genre of music for several reasons, the biggest being that my friends considered them uncool.  Then, in 8th grade, I happened to listen to just a few songs from The Phantom of the Opera...and I've been hooked ever since.