12/19/2013 – Four talented local authors donate books to the library

Judy and her
husband Jim moved to Pagosa what she calls “16 amazing years ago.”  They enjoy our remarkable mountains and lakes,
dancing and music, their friends and family, and their dog Jesse.

      Doug Roberts has written his two newest novels
– “Deep Springs” and “The End of Childhood” – under his full name D. William
Roberts.  “Deep Springs” will be of
special interest to locals because it is a sci-fi story set in Pagosa Springs
and dedicated to the residents of Archuleta County who “would rise to this
occasion if it ever developed.”  It’s
also a military action adventure where the author drew heavily from his
experiences in the Army.

“The End of
Childhood” is book three of the Long Shadow series.  The first two books were written by the late
Wesley Arlin Brown.  Set in Tucumcari.,
New Mexico, is the story of his grandson’s entry into adulthood in what the
author calls “one of this country’s last bastion of the Wild West.”  The author and Deb, his wife of 35 years, live
in a home they built on two acres in Aspen Springs after his retirement. 

      Retired family physician and hospice
doctor Pamela M. Kircher, M.D., has written an updated version of “Love is the
Link,” first published 18 years ago.  Pam
had her own childhood near-death experience (NDE) at age six, and since then
her life experiences have encompassed virtually the whole field of NDE.   The book covers from a spiritual perspective
Pam’s own experiences and those of others who have shared their stories with
her.  This edition contains updated
nomenclature and a new final chapter discussing recent research and the general
acceptance of NDE, as well as the path of hospice in the U.S.

Pam moved here from
Houston in 1994, and served as medical director of integrated health care
services at Mercy Medical Center from 2001-2006.  At that time, she and her husband Mark split
their time between their house in Durango and their ranch on Trujillo Road in
Pagosa, where they now live full time.  For
more than 20 years Pam has spoken across the U.S. and internationally about NDE
and hospice.

      Local author Ray McComber has written two
novels, both based on real people.  The
first is an adventure story called “RatPack Airlines” about the men in the
Special Operations squadrons throughout Southeast Asia.  The story of these heroes is fiction, but it
is based on fact and Ray’s own experiences in the Air Force and in
Vietnam.  “RatPack Airlines” was an Air
Force gunship, a military DC-3 equipped with multiple large machine guns,
during the Vietnam War.  The tale is
partially autobiographical, as one of the men uses his outdoor skills learned
while living in northwestern Nebraska ranch country, as did Ray.

“Eye of the Wolf”
is a thriller based on the life of a physicist named Sergei Zhukov as World War
II was starting and the Germans were on Russia’s doorstep.  He developed a long-range sniper rifle and
used it so successfully that he was high on the SS’s list of agents they wanted
captured and killed.  His granddaughter once
worked for Ray, gave him access to her grandfather’s notes in Russian, and
translated them.  Ray is a computer
science expert with an MBA in international finance.  He and his wife Nancy moved from Chicago to
Pagosa in 2000 where they now enjoy golfing, skiing and hiking with their dog

four authors have generously donated copies of their books to your library for
your reading pleasure.


Library holiday closures

            The library will
close at noon on December 24 and December 31, and will be closed all day Christmas
and December 26.


Scrabble contest today

(Thursday, December 19) is a free scrabble contest from noon – 2:30 p.m., with
fervent competitors, casual players and newbies all welcome.  Please register so we know how many to


Art for kids tomorrow

            Art Attack for
kids in the first-third grades will have fun with art tomorrow (Friday,
December 20) from 2-3 p.m.


Free holiday games for teens

            There will be
three special holiday gaming and card battles for teens over the school break –
from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, December 23, on Friday, December 27 and on
Monday, December 30.  Enjoy X-box, Wii,
board games and Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other
trading card battle games.  Snacks


Free crafts for teens

            “Make It!” is a
teen craft time on the fourth Monday of every month – in this case, on Monday,
December 23 from 4-5 p.m.


Free adult movies

            Every Friday at 10
a.m., you are invited for coffee, donuts and a movie for adults from the 1950s
or 1960s.  The movie for tomorrow
(Friday, December 20) is “Manchurian Candidate.”


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


Memoirs and biographies

            “The Men Who
United the States” by Simon Winchester is a monumental history of America’s
explorers, inventors, eccentrics and mavericks. 
“Simple Dreams” is a musical memoir by singer Linda Ronstadt.  “Brilliant Blunders” by Mario Livio explores
the mistakes of five genius scientists that led to brilliant discoveries.  “Dyke” by Terry Teachout explore the life of
Duke Ellington.  “Mud Season” by Ellen
Stimson is the sensitive and often funny story of a family who moved from city
life to a small Vermont town.  “My Brief
History” by Stephen Hawking is a memoir by this brilliant cosmologist.  “The Heart of Everything That Is” by Bob
Drury and Tom Clavin is a biography of the great Sioux warrior-statesman Red
Cloud.  “Margaret Thatcher: Power and
Personality” by Jonathan Aitken of the longest serving British prime minister.



            “Stroke” is part
of the Perspectives on Disease & Disorders medical series. “Health and
Healing after Traumatic Brain Injury” edited by Heidi Muenchberger. Elizabeth
Kendall and John Wright reviews the help sufferers can get through the power of
family, friends, community and other support systems. 


Cookbooks and foodies

            “The Art of Simple
Food II” by Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse restaurant, presents hundreds
of new recipes reflecting the author’s passion for all parts of all seasonal
produce.  “The Heart of the Plate” is the
newest vegetarian cookbook by Mollie Katzen, author of Moosewood Cookbook and
11 other healthy-eating cookbooks.  

 “Provence, 1970” by Luke Barr tells about six
iconic culinary figures including M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child and James Beard
who find themselves together in the south of France. 


Thanks to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank Cindy Galabota and Dena Schick.


Quotable Quote

            “We don’t stop
playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George
Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish writer, playwright and co-founder of the London
School of Economics.


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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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