July 2013

Joanna, Standley Lake Library

Do you ever have days that leave you feeling as if you've been run over by a train? You know the best remedy for that? Exercise! You know what makes that even better? Music! And where's a great place to try out new music? The library! 

I love it when the lyrics or the beat can put a spring back in my step and help me combat those stress chemicals. Here are a few songs from my current playlist that restores me to a semblance of "I'm okay and the world is okay."

"Born this way" by Lady Gaga, from Born this Way

"Don't hide yourself in regret,
Just love yourself and you're set"

"Don't Bring me Down" by Electric Light Orchestra, from All Over the World

"Daddy I'm fine" by Sinéad O'Connor, from Faith and Courage

"I'm going away to London
I got myself a big fat plan
I'm gonna be a singer in a rock 'n' roll band
And I'm gonna change everything I can"

"Private Conversation" by Lyle Lovett, from The Road to Ensenada

"And the moral of this story
Is I guess it's easier said than done
To look at what you've been through
And to see what you've become"

"Keep on singin' my song" by Christina Aguilera, from Stripped

"They can say all they wanna say about me
But I'm gonna carry on
I'm gonna keep on singing my song"

"Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO, from Sorry for Party Rocking

"Perfect" by Pink, from Greatest Hits -- So Far!

"They don't like my jeans, they don't get my hair
We change ourselves and we do it all the time
Why do we do that? Why do I do that?"


Joanna, Standley Lake Library

It's almost time!  With much-anticipated stores opening soon in Boulder and Denver, you may be interested in learning more about Trader Joe's, the iconic retail grocer.  Trader Joe's stores are roughly half the size of today's super-grocers, yet manage to pull in twice the sales per square foot.  Learn how the chain was founded, how "fun" is incorporated into daily work, and how value is combined with new merchandise to create key selling points.  Although written in 2005, the book is still relevant today.

The Trader Joe's adventure : turning a unique approach to business into a retail and cultural phenomenon by Len Lewis 



Susannah, Standley Lake Library

If you’ve ever eaten a garden-fresh tomato, you know that there’s a world of difference between home-grown and store-bought. While you’re waiting for those home-grown tomatoes to show up in your garden or at your farmer’s market, we offer you three books about growing tomatoes – as a commercial crop,  in a backyard vegetable garden and on an organic farm.

Tomatoland : how modern industrial agriculture destroyed our most alluring fruit - Barry Estabrook. The author sees several round green ‘apples’ falling off a truck in Florida. When he discovers that the ‘apples’ are in fact tomatoes and just fine after falling 10 feet and hitting the pavement at 60 miles per hour, he decides to find out just how we got to this point.

The $64 tomato : How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden - William Alexander. The author wonders why the neighbor doesn’t mow the field where the kids play softball. Learning that the land belongs to him, not his neighbor, he decides to plant the ultimate vegetable garden. He soon learns that having a garden may produce wonderful vegetables but costs him more than he anticipates.

It’s a long road to a tomato : tales of an organic farmer who quit the big city for the (not so) simple life - Keith Stewart. For the first 40 years of his life, the author had no idea that he wanted to be a farmer, but in 1986 he traded his office job in New York City for a farm in upstate New York. His essays over the next 20 years range from the specifics of growing vegetables on his farm to agricultural issues that should concern all of us.


And while you’re reading, keep in mind that old John Denver song:

Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes
What would life be like without home grown tomatoes
Only two things that money can’t buy
That’s true love and home grown tomatoes.