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By Carole Howard
SUN Columnist and the Library Staff
Dan Gnos is well known among fitness aficionados in our community as the congenial owner of a local gym, as well as a martial arts and fencing teacher. Fewer realize that he also has been blessed with a gift for helping people activate the positive energy within themselves. He calls it “balancing.”
Eight years ago, Dan was experiencing severe pain after a serious accident and ongoing disputes with his teenage son because of behavioral issues. He was persuaded by his wife, Sandy, to go to her family’s home in Ensenada, Mexico, where, she said, “Miracles happen.” It was there that he learned of his ability to receive and channel positive energy to heal himself and others.
Dan has written about his new spiritual knowledge and skills in a book called, “The Journey of a Skeptic.” The title comes from the fact that he did not go searching for his gift. In fact, he fought it and, at various times, thought the whole experience was a frightening charade.
Originally from Switzerland, Dan met his wife Sandy in Los Angeles where he worked in Hollywood as a personal chef to several stars. (Photos of some of his celebrity clients grace the walls of his gym, but the one of Arnold Schwarzenegger has been covered up because of Dan’s disgust with his recent scandalous behavior.) Later, Dan established the popular Rasta Pasta restaurant in Breckenridge. In 2003, he and his family moved to Pagosa Springs.
Dan believes that, “all the blockers we put in our lives hinder us from our potential.” His gift allows him to, “activate positive energy to help people become the powerful human beings they are capable of.” He stresses that his book was written, “only as an information piece, not as something to be used to convert or preach to people.” He has donated a copy of “The Journey of a Skeptic” to the Sisson Library and hopes readers will be positively inspired by it.
National Library Week
This week, your library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week. This event began in 1958 to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.
“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Jackie Welch, director. “While this aspect has never changed, our services have grown and evolved. Just look at today’s focus on e-books, DVDs and technology classes as examples.”
Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays
As of today, our new Adult Services Librarian Meg Wempe is starting up the Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions — 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help on your computer or tablet issues. These sessions have been a huge hit with our patrons.
Roberta Strickland’s highly popular Spanish classes are back by popular demand. Join her every Wednesday from 4:30–5:30 p.m. for five more weeks. The classes are free, but registration is required.
Hands-on art for kids
Art Attack, a free hands-on art session for kids in the first-third grades, takes place tomorrow (Friday, April 19) from 2–3 p.m.
Join Meg Wempe for a lesson on Skype next Thursday, April 25, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Registration is required for space reasons. Learn how to say hello to friends and family with a free instant messaging, voice or video call.
“French Kiss” is a romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline. “Mountain Patrol” is a World Geographic film about a hunt for the poachers killing the sacred antelope of Kekexili. We also have Ken Follett’s “Pillars of the Earth,” an eight-part epic miniseries, and “Hatfields & McCoys” starring Kevin Costner.
“Gun from Outside” is a western by Ray Hogan. “Fandango” by Michael Zimmer is an adventure saga set in the West. “They Rose Good Horses” is a western by D.B. Jackson.
Books on CD
“The Striker” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott is the latest in the Isaac Bell adventure series. “Calculated in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the Eve Dallas mystery series. “Damascus Countdown” by Joel C. Rosenberg is a thriller set after Isreal has successfully launched a first strike against Iran. “Benediction” by Kent Haruf is a story of several families in Holt, Colo. “Truth Stained Lies” by Terri Blackstock is an investigative blogger who suddenly finds her family too close to a killer
Mysteries and thrillers
“The Forbidden Text” by Dan Clark is a tale of a home-grown terrorist and the first in a projected series. “Six Years” by Harlan Coben is a suspense story about a man who learns that the love of his life is not at all what he remembers.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Judith Horky, Liz Kuhn, Bamma Laizure and Pete Peterson.
“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” — Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American author, poet and philosopher.
For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org.