This is that great holiday week when we think about good and happy things. Phrases such as Merry, happy, comfort, and joy are on our mouths and on our purchases. This week we focus on keeping the happy in the holidays.
Lose yourself in a Good Story: During the hectic holiday season, it is good to give yourself a vacation of the mind, by reading a good book.
The Lilac Bouquet by Carolyn Hart; “After three generations of Massey women with children out of wedlock, Emmy Jo Massey wants the whole town of Hickory, Texas, to witness the legitimacy of her union with Logan Grady. But dream weddings aren’t cheap. So she accepts a highly lucrative stint as a home health assistant to retired realtor, and town recluse, Seth Thomas– a decision her great-grandmother Tandy is dead-set against. Seth isn’t happy about it, either. The eighty-two-year-old doesn’t want a “babysitter” much less a Massey– something he makes clear when Emmy arrives at his house, an empty mansion built for the woman who broke his heart. But as Emmy stays and the two eventually open up to each other, she learns the reason behind a feud between Seth, Tandy, and Logan’s grandfather Jesse Grady that goes back six decades. She also uncovers a secret that forever changes how she sees her past and her future…”—from the catalogue record.
The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo; “In war-torn France, Jo McMahon, an Italian-Irish girl from the tenements of Brooklyn, tends to six seriously wounded soldiers in a makeshift medical unit. Enemy bombs have destroyed her hospital convoy, and now Jo singlehandedly struggles to keep her patients and herself alive in a cramped and freezing tent close to German troops. There is a growing tenderness between her and one of her patients, a Scottish officer, but Jo’s heart is seared by the pain of all she has lost and seen. Nearing her breaking point, she fights to hold on to joyful memories of the past, to the times she shared with her best friend, Kay, whom she met in nursing school. Half a world away in the Pacific, Kay is trapped in a squalid Japanese POW camp in Manila, one of thousands of Allied men, women, and children whose fates rest in the hands of a sadistic enemy. Far from the familiar safety of the small Pennsylvania coal town of her childhood, Kay clings to memories of her happy days posted in Hawaii, and the handsome flyer who swept her off her feet in the weeks before Pearl Harbor…”—from the catalogue record.
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips; is a fast paced thriller. “The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours–the entire scope of the novel–she keeps on running…” For whom should a mother risk her life?”– Provided by publisher.
Help Yourself to Happiness: The following are a few books that will help you to find more happiness and to give it to others.
Brain rules for aging well: 10 principles for staying vital, happy, and sharp by John Medina; looks at the changes that happens to us as we age and gives us principles that will help us to live well as we age.
13 things mentally strong parents don’t do: raising self-assured children and training their brains for a life of happiness, meaning, and success by Amy Morin; teaches readers how to instill a life of happiness in their children. While we are all at different levels of learning to be happy and successful, this book will give cues for what we should not do in order to be strong minded and to learn the same disciplines ourselves.
Adulthood for beginners: all the life secrets nobody bothered to tell you by Andy Boyle are a humorous look at what many people are never taught, awareness. One of my dad’s favorite phrases to me and my wife was, Pay Attention! Andy Boyle says the same thing more eloquently than dad. This book will be especially helpful for young adults.
Movies for Families: Our families watch a lot of movies during the holiday season. These are a few you may like.
Boss Baby is an animated feature where seven-year-old Tim Templeton’s new baby brother strides in the front door wearing a suit and toting a briefcase, it is clear who is in charge and will be receiving all the attention of their parents.
Snow White is Disney’s first major animated production that holds up as well today as when it was created. It is available in DVD and BluRay formats.
The Angry Birds Movie; an island is filled with happy, flightless birds; but their peaceful situation is interrupted when mysterious green piggies arrive on the island.
Music for the Holidays: Some of us are enjoying holiday music and some of us are tired of it already. These CDs will give you a great deal of variety for your listening pleasure.
A Pentatonix Christmas by Pentatonix; delivers a refreshing a capella sound to holiday music.
Losing My Religion by Kurt Franklin; brings his urban gospel to both fans of the genre and people who need to have uplift. Some of the best songs on this CD are the title cut and Wanna Be Happy. This is not your traditional holiday album.
G I R L by Pharrell Williams contains my absolute favorite song Happy that was done for the movie Minions. The compilation mixes rap, rhythm and blues, rock, and pop music to make a lovely collection. Duets with Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys just add value as well.
This week in brief: This week we have Tangled Yarns on Night of Fun on Tuesday at 6:00 p,m., Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., Bilingual Story Time is on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., Pat-a-Cake Pals is on Thursday at 10:00 a.m., and Toddler Time is on Friday at 10:00 a.m.. The library will close on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. for the holiday and will reopen on Tuesday December 26th at 9:00 a.m.
Have a great week and read good books.