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    Words That Pack a Cultural Punch

    Since my partner and I sold our business (many years ago, when we both reached the ripe old age of 50), we’ve traveled much of the world, in part researching the books we’ve written together. So ...
    See Betty White Talking About Women Comedians

    See Betty White Talking About Women Comedians

    Betty White reflects on Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, and being a woman in comedy. Betty White was born January 17, 1922. She celebrated her 98th birthday in January. Vanity Fair quips, “when the star turned 96 ...
    Can Green Book's Oscar Teach Us to Be More Anti-Racist?

    Can Green Book’s Oscar Teach Us to Be More Anti-Racist?

    The world today is different in many ways from how it was during the Civil Rights era. Many people remember the day that Black students started attending their school after Brown v. Board of Education. People ...
    What I Learned from My Magazine Time on the Couch

    What I Learned from My Magazine Time on the Couch

    The title of the overdue book returned to a public library in San Francisco 100 years after it had been checked out? Forty Minutes Late. (Readers Digest, 04/17) In 1999, Kathy McKeon, Jackie Kennedy’s former assistant, ...
    "The Lovers" - A Movie Loved by Women Over 50

    “The Lovers” – A Movie Loved by Women Over 50

    Here’s a comedy to love. It’s about sex and relationships for a long-married couple over 50 – it’s not as predictable as you might expect, and there’s quite a bit of humor. Rotten Tomatoes, Rolling Stone and Roger ...
    "3 Generations" - Susan Sarandon's Latest Movie For Your Watch List

    “3 Generations” – Susan Sarandon’s Latest Movie For Your Watch List

    I’m alway interested in the movies featuring Susan Sarandon. For one thing, she’s an accomplished , emotionally believable actress. But in addition, she chooses such interesting films which so often speak to women’s lives. She’s been ...
    Don't Call Me Baby, Sweetie or Cupcake!

    Don’t Call Me Baby, Sweetie or Cupcake!

    I’ve worked at my local public library long enough to be on a first-name basis with many of our patrons. And the rest greet me with the courtesy and respect that, as a trained professional, not ...
    Norman Lear - Remember the TV Shows We Loved!

    Norman Lear – Remember the TV Shows We Loved!

    His work captured our generation, the themes and the laughter. His television shows united the American family audience ...
    How Quiet Should a Library Be?

    How Quiet Should a Library Be?

    The library where I work just received an irate letter from a patron who complained that we weren’t quiet enough, citing crying babies, ill-behaved children and library staff talking too loudly with patrons and with each ...
    When Good Things Happen to Bad Library Patrons

    When Good Things Happen to Bad Library Patrons

    If you think that life is fair, just take a job at your local public library. Although I was raised to believe that playing by the rules is always the right thing to do. Library work ...
    The More Things Change - A Grandfather Reports

    The More Things Change – A Grandfather Reports

    My wife and I, both Baby Boomers, just became grandparents. My son Clark and his lovely Alexis had a beautiful baby girl named Olive. They named her Olive because she was conceived in Italy in an area where ...
    How to Make a Librarian Happy

    How to Make a Librarian Happy

    I work at a public library and I love my job. But sometimes our patrons make the tougher than it has to be. I recently asked my fellow librarians to help me come up with a ...