#BookBingoNW2020: Philosophy or spirituality

In this year’s Book Bingo, the philosophy or spirituality square gives us a chance to explore. For philosophy, we can seek aspects about the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence that interest us.  And, for spirituality, it can be how to look more deeply, or less, into our soul or inner life.  To me during this pandemic, these are even more serious subjects and it was first a bit hard to focus on looking up titles to recommend.  Yet the research has made me think more open-mindedly about people and their lives, which has been a positive experience.

A colleague created this Book Bingo NW 2020: Philosophy or spirituality reading list.  It has 20 titles which range from covering about joy and tragedy, general and beginner reads, and taking us from medieval to current day.  This is a great place to start looking, especially for those titles available now for downloading.  So, my approach has been to look for a few other titles in the catalog to recommend.

Who do we think we are?  How do identities define us?  Anthony Appiah, a British-Ghanaian philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist, in his book called The Lies that Bind: Rethinking Identity, Creed, Country, Class, Culture asks us these questions and more.  He goes back to historical events that have shaped our own and the world’s identities in religion, race, nationality, class and culture.  These are influenced by how identities work, that there are conflicts between identities, and the identities are created by conflicts.  Appiah gave an author talk at the Central Library in 2018 and here’s a link to the podcast. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2020: Philosophy or spirituality”

Life with an Aging Parent, Part 2 – Online Resources

Whether you are an older person or someone with an older person in your life, here are a few of the many informative, helpful and readily available free Library online resources to consider trying out.  Many provide full-text article access.  I’ve heard my elderly father talk about price shopping, his health and wanting to read more local news so I used those topics.

It’s smart to comparison shop, whether it’s for a microwave or a used car. The Consumer Reports online resource has product reviews, ratings and comparisons to make better buying decisions and save money.  One can look at Product Reviews by category and easily click to review information on hearing aids, vacuum cleaners, car repair estimates, and many other consumables and other products big and small.  The Latest News category has articles like Privacy Fix: Search and Destroy Old Email Accounts (June 4, 2019).  Under the Take Action category there are several up-to-date articles about avoiding hidden fees for cable TV, banks and airlines. Continue reading “Life with an Aging Parent, Part 2 – Online Resources”

Life with an Aging Parent: Part 1 – Books

The first known use of the phrase “eldercare” was in 1960 and is defined as “the care of older adults and especially the care of an older parent by a son or daughter.” This has been becoming part of my world more in the last few years with my father, since other immediate family members have passed away and both my sister and I live in different parts of the country from him.  He’s in his late 80s and really thrives on living independently. Continue reading “Life with an Aging Parent: Part 1 – Books”

The 2016 Elections: Library Resources

The mission of The Seattle Public Library is to bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. We value equality, inclusion and openness and strive to be welcoming safe spaces. No matter what the current events are locally and beyond, the Library provides a collection of materials to patrons of all ages, backgrounds, and opinions. Over the last few weeks, library staff have answered many people’s questions about the recent elections and helped them with finding information. Below you will find some lists created by librarians at The Seattle Public Library to address topics we’ve been asked a lot about lately.

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Streetwise Revisited: Memoirs and Biographies

Follow us throughout the fall for posts which highlight library resources and information that supports the Tiny: Streetwise Revisited exhibit at the Central Library and its community programming.

Memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies are a common way for people to write their own personal history or the history of others. Here are a few books written by and about people who are currently or who have been homeless at some point in their lives.


Pitch Black: Don’t Be Skerd by Youme Landowne and Anthony Horton is the result of Anthony, who resides under the New York City subway, meeting Youme, a book artist.  They strike up a conversation on the subway one day and find out they are both artists.  Part of Anthony’s life makes up this slim but powerful graphic novel.  Here’s a peek into Anthony’s life that happens countless times every single day: “People don’t see me. As far as they’re concerned … I don’t exist.”  There are ups and downs in Anthony’s life and I recommend, no I actually dare you, to read this book. Continue reading “Streetwise Revisited: Memoirs and Biographies”