Michael’s seven life lessons, as shared with Good Housekeeping magazine:
1. Don’t let an
opportunity pass you by. Once I couldn’t afford a phone, so I negotiated the
deal for “Family Ties” from a phone booth.
2. Marry the
right person. Tracy is the right person
for me. When we were married, that was
it. We were in love then, as now, and we
plan to stay married.
3. Keep your head
up. You hear people say, “Keep your head
down” [when times are tough]. But I find
the opposite is true.
4. Listen to your
loved ones. For a time I dealt with my
diagnosis with alcohol, which was a disaster.
I woke up one morning and Tracy said, “Is this what you want?” I recognized I had choices about drinking –
and about Parkinson’s.
5. Teach your
children well. What I want my kids to
understand [about life] is, put in more than is expected, and take out less
than you want. And enjoy life as much as
6. Fight the good
fight. I look at my foundation and
think, Look at what we’ve wrought. It’s
like an out-of-body experience.
7. Never give
up. Look at the choices you have, not
the choices that have been taken away from you.
In them, there are whole worlds of strength and new ways to look at
Free tweens gaming
We’ll have the Wii
and Xbox out, along with board games and cards, just for tweens in the
fourth-sixth grades on Friday, December 27 from 2 – 3:15 p.m.
Free holiday games for teens
There will be two
more special holiday gaming and card battles for teens over the school break –
from noon to 1:30 p.m. 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 provided.
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 Friday, December
27 is “12 Angry Men.”
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
am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai is the story of the Pakistan teen shot by the
Taliban for promoting education for girls, the young lady who became the
youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth” by
Col. Chris Hadfield uses entertaining stories to show how conventional wisdom
can get in the way of achievement – and happiness. “Hatching Twitter” by Nick Bilton takes readers
behind the scenes at the launch and growth of this social networking and
“Mothers Who Can’t
Love” by Dr. Susan Forward offers daughters techniques for overcoming that
painful legacy. “Double Down: Game
Change 2012” by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann follows President Obama and
the GOP deal with the crises and opportunities after the election. “George Washington’s Secret Six” by Brian
Kilmeade and Don Yaeger explores the top-secret spy ring that saved the American
Revolution. “Good Tidings and Great Joy”
by Sarah Palin asks readers to openly celebrate the true meaning of Christmas
and the joys of Christianity. “Talk with
Your Kids” by Michael Parker helps parents start conversations with their
children on ethics, honesty, friendship, fairness and other important
Music on CDs
For your musical
enjoyment, we now have the Tchaikovsky Timeless Classics album, David Grisman’s
Acoustic Christmas, The Dave Brubeck Quartet’s Time Out album, Traditional
Songs for Christmas from Martha Stewart Living, A Celtic Christmas, and CDs by
Josh Groban, Brad Paisley and Mark Wills.
Stories on CDs
“Stella Bain” by
Anita Shreve is the story of a wartime nurse’s aid trying to regain her
memory. “Winners” by Danielle Steel follows
the lives affected by an Olympic hopeful involved in a tragic accident. “Sycamore” by John Grisham returns readers to
the courthouse of his first legal mystery.
“Fingal O’Reilly, Irish Doctor” by Patrick Taylor is the latest in the
Irish Country series. “The Quest” by
Nelson DeMille centers on the search for Christ’s cup from the Last Supper. “Dead Shot” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone
is the latest in the Luke Jensen, bounty hunter, series. “Valley of the Gun” by Ralph Cotton is a
western. “The Valley of Amazement” by
Amy Tan is the latest of her novels about mothers and daughters. “Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt follows a young
teen who miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. “The First Phone Call from Heaven” by Mitch
Albom tells of magical phone calls apparently coming from Heaven. “We are Water” by Wally Lamb follows an
artist who leaves her family to marry her gay art dealer.
Mysteries and thrillers
Martin Cruz Smith is the latest in the Arkady Renko mystery series set in
Moscow. “White Fire” is a thriller by
Preston & Child set in an exclusive Colorado ski resort. “Takedown Twenty” by Janet Evanovich is the
latest in the Stephanie Plum mystery series.
“King and Maxwell” by David Baldacci is a new case featuring Secret
Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell.
“The Missing Dough” by Chris Cavender is a mystery that also includes a
pizza recipe. “The Gods of Guilt” by
Michael Connelly is the latest in the Lincoln Lawyer crime thriller
Large print Christmas
Murder” by Leslie Meier is the latest in the Lucy Stone mystery series. “Duck the Halls” by Donna Andrews is the
latest in the Meg Langslow mystery series.
“Merry Christmas, Cowboy” by Janet Dailey is a romance set in Denver. “A Christmas Hope” by Anne Perry is a
mystery. “A Catered Christmas Cookie
Exchange by Iris Crawford is a mystery with recipes. “Candlelight Christmas” by Susan Wiggs is the
latest in the Lakeshore Chronicles series.
Other large print
by RaeAnne Thayne is the latest in the Hope’s Crossing series. “Ready to Die” by Lisa Jackson is the latest
in the Selena Alverez/Regan Pescoli mystery series. “Storm Front” by John Sanford is the latest
in the Virgil Flowers mystery series. “The
Perfect Match” by Kristan Higgins is a Blue Heron romance.
Other new fiction
“Hild” by Nicola
Griffith is an historical novel about Saint Hilda set in seventh-century
Britain. “Death of the Black-Haired
Girl” by Robert Stone is set in a New England college town. “Stella Bain” by Anita Shreve is the story of
a wartime nurse’s aid trying to regain her memory. “Betwixt and Between” is a fantasy adventure
story by Jessica Stilling. “The First
Phone Call from Heaven” by Mitch Albom tells of magical phone calls apparently
coming from Heaven.
“Sweet Dreams” is
the story of country music star Patsy Cline.
“The Shadow Riders” is a timeless western tale by Louis L’Amour. “J. Edgar” stars Leonardo DiCaprio as FBI
head J. Edgar Hoover. “The Fighter” is
based on a true story about two brothers.
“The Art of
Beadwork” by Jane Lock is a practical guidebook dedicated to all things bead,
with projects for beginners and advanced beaders. “Scarf Style” by Ann Budd gives you 28 fresh
designs to knit.
Thanks to our donors
donations, we thank Elaine Lundergan as well as Donald Logan & Patricia
Howard for their gift in honor of Bob & Carole Howard. For books and materials this week, we thank
Jon and Diane Bower, Biz Greene, Bamma Laizure and Julie Simmons.
“Find out who you
are and be that person.” – Ellen DeGeneres, contemporary American stand-up
comedian, talk show host and actress.
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