Local author Julie Loar has written a book of days called “Everyday Goddesses: Ancient Myths For Modern Women” featuring a diverse collection of 366 inspiring women through time and across cultures. The book is arranged as a circle, a meditative journey throughout the year, with the goddesses organized within the zodiac signs and also linked to the seasons following the Gregorian calendar.
For example, on Jan. 1, we meet White Tara, who originated in India as a Hindu goddess. Her name means star in Sanskrit and also “She who brings forth life.”
February 14 brings us Psyche, a Roman goddess whose lover was Cupid (Eros to the Greeks). On March 5, we learn about Ningyo, a Japanese mermaid goddess; on May 15, Prakriti from Hindu cosmology; on July 4, Libertas, the Roman goddess of liberty; September 17, Sophia, meaning wisdom in Greek; and December 25, Juno Lucinda, a Roman goddess whose name means mother light. Each day’s description ends with a meditation.
Julie is the author of five other books, published under her married name of Julie Gillentine, and she plans a memoir next. She moved to Pagosa Springs in October 1997 from Dallas, attracted, like so many other local residents, by the beauty of the scenery and warmth of the people. She has been a student of metaphysics and symbolism for more than 30 years, and also is an astrologer and tarot reader.
Julie has donated a copy of her book to the library. If you want your own copy, go to Moonlight Books on Pagosa Street.
Activities for kids and teens
Remember there are fun, informative activities for kids and teens going on at your library all the time. Simple story time for pre-kindergarten children takes place every Monday from 9:30 to 10 a.m.; Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 is super story hour. Every Friday, from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m., we have different activities — Wii gaming for second through fourth grades the first Friday, Wii gaming for fifth through ninth grades the third Friday, crafts for second through fourth grades the second Friday, and brain-i-acs for second through sixth grades the fourth Friday.
“No Limits: The Will to Succeed” by Michael Phelps with Alan Abrahamson, is a behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 Olympics swimmer, one of the greatest competitors the world has ever seen. “Show No Fear” by Perri O’Shaughnessy is a new Nina Reilly thriller.
Board books are an important way to introduce toddlers to the joy of reading, because these books are sturdy enough to be handled by young children. Three new board books were just added to our shelves: “My Big Animal Book,” “My New Baby” and “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” based on the original story by Beatrix Potter.
Books for pre-teens
New books for third through seventh graders include “One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve with Science,” “The Lying Postman” from the Jack Russell Dog Detective series, “The Lab” by Jack Heath, “Clay Quests: Hidden Picture Puzzles” by Helena Bogosian and “If A Tree Falls at Lunch Period” by Gennifer Choldenko.
Books for teens
New books for seventh graders and older include: “Amazing Peace: A Celebration” by poet Maya Angelou; “You Hear Me?,” a collection of poems and writings by teenage boys; “Thirteen,” a collection of 12 short stories and a poem by teens about being 13 years old; “Whodunit Detective Stories,” a collection of 16 mysteries chosen by Philip Pullman; “Dangerous Laughter,” a collection of 13 stories by Pulitzer Prize winner Steven Millhauser; “Hang-ups, Hook-ups, and Holding Out: Stuff you need to know about your body, sex and dating” by two doctors who are the “Girlology” authors; and “Teen Fit for Girls: Your Complete Guide to Fun, Fitness and Self-esteem” by Gerard Thorne and Phil Embleton.
Novels for adults
“Old School” by Tobias Wolff is a coming-of-age book set in a New England prep school. “One Vacant Chair” by Joe Coomer tells the secret life of a woman after she has died. “The Fiction Class” by Susan Breen bills itself as a story for people who love books and have a difficult mother.
Mormon fiction on CD
“Timeless Waltz” and its sequel “A Time to Dance” are two books on CD by Anita Stansfield. She has been known as the reigning queen of LDS romantic fiction for more than a decade, although her general market releases have been among her readers favorites.
“There is no remedy so easy as books, which if they do not give cheerfulness, at least restore quiet to the most troubled mind.” — Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762), English society figure and letter writer.
Thanks to our donors
We are grateful for generous donations from Lily Rydman, Jim and Margaret Wilson — in memory of Robert Wilson — and Colt and Dirk Ross. For books and materials this week we thank Steve Cangiglosi, Judy Collins, Gwen Fisher, Donna Geiger, Kay Grams, Ron Graydon, Sharee Grazda, Glenn Houle, Bob Howard, Sue Kehret, Julie Simmons, Patty Stoeppleman and Zhena.