01/23/2014 Astronaut’s Memoir Offers Advice for Life on Earth

Hadfield retired shortly after his
ISS mission ended in 2013, capping a 35-year career as a military pilot and an
astronaut.  Now he has written his
memoir, “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth,” that is available at the
Sisson Library.  It chronicles what he
learned during his space training and flights – and how those lessons also apply
to life on earth.  Here is a sampling of
the wisdom he passes on:

  • Anticipating problems and figuring out how to solve
    them is actually the opposite of worrying: it’s productive.  Likewise, coming up with a plan of
    action isn’t a waste of time if it gives you peace of mind.
  • In any new situation … you will almost certainly be
    viewed in one of three ways.  As a
    minus one: someone who creates problems. 
    As a zero: your impact is neutral and doesn’t tip the balance one
    way or the other.  Or as a plus one:
    someone who actively adds value. 
    Proclaiming your plus-oneness at the outset almost guarantees
    you’ll be perceived as a minus one, regardless of the skills you bring to
    the table or how you actually perform.
  • When we got back to Earth, a lot of people asked
    whether everything had gone the way we’d planned.  The truth is that nothing went as we’d
    planned, but everything was within the scope of what we had prepared for.
  • If you start thinking that only your biggest and
    shiniest moments count, you’re setting yourself up to feel like a failure
    most of the time.  Personally, I’d
    rather feel good most of the time, so to me everything counts: the small
    moments, the medium ones, the successes that make the papers and also the
    ones no one knows about but me.
  • At NASA it’s just a given that today’s star will be
    tomorrow’s stagehand, toiling behind the scenes in relative obscurity…. If
    you’re part of the support team, you know full well that the meaning and
    significance of your work isn’t determined by how visible it is to


Karaoke family fun tonight

            Please join us for
a free evening of karaoke this evening (Thursday, January 23) from 5:30 – 7
p.m.  We’ll have music for a wide range
of audiences from children to adults for you to sing to.  Kids’ music will include modern pop and cult
classics like “YMCA.”  We also will have
CDs that will include country and, hopefully, musicals as well. Light snacks
will be provided.


Free adult movies

            Every Friday at 10
a.m. this month, you are invited for coffee, donuts and a movie for adults from
the 1950s or 1960s.  The contract that we
have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what
we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the
radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up
the monthly adult activities flyer at the library or phone the library to
ask.  Sorry for any inconvenience.


Free technology classes

Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions
10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. 
Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet
issues.  A more formal session on Facebook
Basics for Business (not personal accounts) requiring registration takes place
next Wednesday, January 29 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.  Students must know basics of Facebook.


 Free teen gaming

Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and
Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle
games.  Snacks provided. 


Free tweens gaming

            We’ll have the Wii
and Xbox out, along with board games and cards, tomorrow (Friday, January 24)
from 2 – 3:15 p.m. just for tweens in the 4th-6th grades.


Free Otaku for teens

            The Otaku
(Anime/Manga) Club meets the fourth Saturday of every month from 11 – 1 p.m.,
this month on January 25.  Join us to
watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks.


Free teen crafts

            Teens meet the
fourth Monday of every month from 4 – 5 p.m. for craft time.



            “I, Claudius” is
the 35th anniversary complete series from the BBC.  “The Insider” stars Russell Crowe and Al
Pacino fighting the tobacco industry. 



            “River Road” by
Jayne Ann Krentz is a romantic crime story. 
“The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd is the story of  two Southern women, one a black slave and the
other her owner, over 35 years.


Large print

             “Oblivion’s Altar” by David Marion Wilkinson
is the story of the great Cherokee chieftain known as The Ridge.  “A Seaside Christmas” by Sherryl Woods is the
latest in the Chesapeake
Shores romance
series.  “Killer Poker: The Loner” by
J.A. Johnstone, “Big Sky Christmas” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone, and
“Savage Desert” by Lewis B. Patten are westerns.  “Dexter’s Final Cut” by Jeff Lindsay, “An Old
Betrayal” by Charles Finch, “The Prince of Risk” by Christopher Reich, “Read It
and Weep” by Jenn McKinlay and  “Cold
Snap” by Allison Brennan are mysteries. 
“Behind His Blue Eyes” by Kaki Warner is a romantic mystery. “Bellman
& Black” by Diane Setterfield is historical fiction.



            “A Story Lately
Told” is a memoir by Anjelica Huston that shares her childhood in Ireland, teen years in London
and model and actress in New York.  “Si-cology 101” by Si Robertson collects the
tales and wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s favorite uncle. 


Thanks to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank Nancy Greene and several anonymous donors.


Quotable Quote

            “Knowing what you
cannot do is more important than knowing what you can do.”  — Lucille Ball (1911-1989), comedian, model,
film and TV actress and studio executive.


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books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from
the comfort of your home – please visit our website at


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