A Perfect Match: Psychologist-detectives on the case

There’s something about the endeavor of psychology that lends itself perfectly to crime fiction.  Psychologists seem to be able to plumb the depths of human emotion in a way that gives them unique crime-solving insights, to which the rest of us mere mortals can only aspire.  We want to know their secret.  Why else would there be so many amazing mystery and suspense series featuring psychologists as the investigators?undercurrents

Here are a few of my favorites psychologist/detectives:

Olmsted’s Landscape Architecture

Greenscapes: Olmstead's Pacific NorthwestJust as soon as the weather warms up a bit, we will all be out in our wonderful parks jogging, taking our four-legged friend for a stroll, visiting with a friend from out East, or rowing happily in some much loved boat.  The backbone design for Seattle Parks was done by one of the premier landscape designers in America, John Charles Olmsted from Brookline, MA.  In 1903 Olmsted came to Seattle at the request of the City Council based on the recommendation of the Parks Board of Commissioners.  Olmsted designed the grounds for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition which became the Continue reading “Olmsted’s Landscape Architecture”

Trying to get back a stolen life

Editor’s note: Susan Hildreth, our City Librarian, will be checking in with us from time to time to let us know what she’s been reading.

I just finished reading The Girl She Used to Be by David Cristofano. This is the story of Melody Grace McCartney who has been in the Federal Witness Protection Program for most of her life. At age six, she and her parents girl-she-used-to-be-book-coverwitnessed a brutal act of violence that changed their lives forever. The federal government lured them into the Witness Protection Program with the promise of safety, but the program took Melody’s name, her home, her family and, ultimately, her innocence. The story begins when Melody, now at age 26, is still on the run and yearns to live a life as her true self.

When the feds spirit her off to begin yet another new life in another new town, she’s stunned by a man who accosts her and calls her by her real name. Jonathan Bovaro, the mafioso sent to find her, knows all about the real Melody; and she can Continue reading “Trying to get back a stolen life”

Imagining The Garden

Imagine a garden wherein an eye does fly from a leaf’s invitation into a petal’s inspiration. Whether you prefer painting a garden or gardening with an artistic eye is not Spring the perfect time to begin such imaginings?  “To create a little flower is the labour of ages,” said William Blake.  Before you begin your labor of love why not leaf through a book or two and explore the size, shape, color and form that your creation might take.

kubota-gardenAn avid gardener might consider what might be wrought from the daring paring of  The Artist and the Garden by Roy C Strong .   A broader perspective could be gleaned in Art and the Gardener: Fine Painting as Inspiration for Garden Design by Gordon Hayward.  For a more in-depth coverage of gardens as they relate to art and artists try The Garden:  A History in Landscape and Art by Fillippo Pizzoni and Dumbarton Oaks: Garden into Art by Susan Tamulevich.  Any or all of these books would set the stage for the beautifully illustrated Bold Visions for the Garden: Basics, Magic & Inspiration by Richard Hartlage or the lush Art of Flower & Garden Photography by Clive Nichols. Continue reading “Imagining The Garden”

A Conversation with Mark Morris and Peter Boal


An extraordinary conversation will take place on Tuesday, April 28, 7-8 p.m. in the Microsoft Auditorium, Central Library, when Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal engages in a lively discussion with director and choreographer, Mark Morris. Co-sponsored by Seattle Theatre Group, this event requires no tickets or reservations, but seating is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. Limited parking in the Central Library Garage will be available for a $5 special event rate from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“A Conversation with Mark Morris and Peter Boal” promises to be an entertaining and enjoyable evening. Rarely has the public had the chance to hear company directors speak about their work. This conversation will offer Continue reading “A Conversation with Mark Morris and Peter Boal”