4/18/2013 – Local author writes book on activating positive energy





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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
Breckinridge.  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


Celebrate 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 are back

            As of today, our
new Adult Services Librarian Meg Wempe is starting up the Tech Tuesdays and
Thursdays sessions – 10-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.


Spanish classes start again

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


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.


Skype class

            Join Meg Wempe for
a lesson on Skype next Thursday, April 25 from 11 – 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



             “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.


Large print

            “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.


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, Colorado. 
“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


Thanks to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank Judith Horky, Liz Kuhn, Bamma Laizure and Pete


Quotable Quote

             “None are so old as
those who have outlived enthusiasm.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American
author, poet and philosopher.



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information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books from
the comfort of your home – please visit our website at

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