03/28/2013 – Local author publishes collection of her SUN columns





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Betty is an artist-writer who has
lived in Pagosa Springs with her husband Al full time since 1993.  They bought their land in 1965 and built
their home in l976.  As her regular
readers know, they have four children, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren
– all of whom are regularly featured in Betty’s column.  Al’s hunting dog Whiskey and their daughter’s
dog Daisy also make frequent appearances in the activities and events Betty
chronicles, as do their many friends and their pets.

Artist’s Lane” column began in 2008 as a promotion for the Pagosa Artisans’
Co-op focusing on local artists.  Over
time the topics expanded to myriad subjects, almost all of them centering on
Pagosa Springs.  Those telling about
Sweet Al, her husband of 53 years, are always the most popular.  Betty and Al’s appearance in this Library
News column today is a happy coincidence, since their anniversary is April 1.

has donated a copy of her book to the library. 
It makes a delightful read both for longtime enthusiasts and new


Teen sports gaming tomorrow

            Tomorrow (Friday,
March 29) and every fourth Friday of the month, teens in the seventh through 12th
grades are invited to a free sports gaming time from 2 – 3:30 p.m. 
Snacks are provided.


Science Fun next Friday

            Science Fun, a free
science and technology club for curious kids in the fourth through six grades, takes
place next Friday, April 5 from 2-3:15
p.m.  Sniff and slurp is this
month’s theme.  Registration is required
so we have enough supplies for all the youngsters.


How-to and self-help

“The Cat
Whisperer” by cat behaviorist Mieschelle Nagelschneider helps you understand
how cats see the world so you can train them and get them to do what you
want.  “Sticks and Stones” by Emily
Bazelon is a study of bullying everywhere from school cafeterias to the
Internet and how some schools have succeeded in dealing with this sad
problem.  “Sewing Solutions” by Nicole
Vasbinder offers tips and techniques for even the most experienced sewist,
including troubleshooting tips when you encounter problems.



            “Coolidge” by
Amity Shlaes is a new biography of this under-appreciated man who was president
from 1923 to 1929.  “The Secretary” by
BBC foreign correspondent Kim Chattas is the first inside account of Hilary
Clinton’s time as Secretary of State.


Large print

            “The Aviator’s
Wife” by Melanie Benjamin is a fictional biography of Anne Morrow, wife of
Charles Lindbergh.  “Miss Dimple
Suspects” by Mignon F. Ballard is the latest in the Cozy mystery series.  “Out of Warranty” by Haywood Smith is a
social satire and romance centering on health insurance issues.  “Chance of a Lifetime” by Jodi Thomas is the
latest in the Harmony romance series.  “The
Two Medicine River”
by Richard Wheeler is a western set in Blackfoot Indian territory.  “A Time for War” by Michael Savage is a
mystery about the U.S.
under secret attack.  “Her Amish Man” by
Erin Bates is a romance.  “One Hot
Murder” by Lorraine Bartlett  is the
latest mystery in the Victoria
Square series. 
“Red Velvet Cupcake Murder” by Joanne Fluke is the latest in the Hannah
Swensen mystery series with recipes.


Mysteries and thrillers

            “Night Moves” by
Randy Wayne White is the 20th novel in the suspense story series
featuring Doc Ford.  “The Striker” by
Clive Cussler and Justin Scott is the latest in the adventure series featuring
Detective Isaac Bell.  “Damascus Countdown”
by Joel  C. Rosenberg is a thriller about
the aftermath of Israel’s
successfully launching a first strike on Iran. 


Sci-fi and fantasy

            “The Best of All
Possible Worlds” by Karen Lord is a science fiction epic and a devastating
social commentary.  “Written in Red” by
Anne Bishop is the first book in a new fantasy series about the Others,
vampires and shape-shifters among them.  “Frost
Burned” by Patricia Briggs is an urban fantasy featuring shapeshifter heroine
Mercy Thompson.


Other new novels

            “A Deeper Love
Inside” by Sister Souljah, the sequel to “The Coldest Winter Ever,” is a
coming-of-age story featuring Winter’s youngster sister.  “The Chance” by Karen Kingsbury is a story of
a reunion of childhood friends by this hugely popular Christian fiction


Thanks to our donors

            For a generous
donation, we thank Tamara Shrader.  We
also received a generous grant from the Russ Hill Bazaar Grants Committee to
help support our children’s books program. 
For books and materials this week we thank Bamma Laizure, Jim Mathison,
Lyn Rogers and many anonymous donors.

also would like to send a special “thank you” to Brian MacNeill, who has
volunteered to take our recycling to the transfer station. Brian, you are


Quotable Quote

            “A loser says
that’s the way it’s always been done.  A
winner says there ought to be a better way.” – Columnist Sydney J. Harris,
quoted in the Orlando Sentinel.           



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