Healthy Engagement 101: Theatre at the Library – A New Community Theatre Group in Franklin, NC

  Theatre is work.  No one knows that better than Roberta Pipitone, a retired drama teacher of 30 years, who has graciously volunteered her time to help the Macon County Public Library continue to build a theatre program.  Pipitone not only wrote this season’s suspenseful comedy: “Murder by the Book” – to take place at … Continue reading Healthy Engagement 101: Theatre at the Library – A New Community Theatre Group in Franklin, NC

National Parks and Recreation Month

Hi Shelf Life Readers! Happy National Parks and Recreation month! I am writing to you from the Jackson County Public Library but if you tried to find me during the summer months from 2012 to 2015, you would’ve had to look deep in the wilderness of either the Sumter or Chattahoochee National Forest, where I … Continue reading National Parks and Recreation Month

Clan of the Trail Crew

June is national outdoors month and I for one would like to wrap this month up with a little love for some unsung heroes in the world of public lands: Trail Crew Workers. You may be asking yourselves, what is Trail Crew? And, you would not be alone. They are the oft-forgotten or unknown backbone … Continue reading Clan of the Trail Crew

Hike with Pride this month!

June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month as well as Great Outdoors Month and so this blog will be about both! LGBTQIA+ is an acronym that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and the plus is for gender fluid people - people whose gender identity changes over time or per situation. Queer is a … Continue reading Hike with Pride this month!

Number 18 in ‘18

This blog is my eighteenth.  It’s also my last one for Shelf Life in the Mountains. (Long story short: moving out of state) I did my first one almost exactly 2 years ago, so I’ve done about nine a year since then. Rather than tout some favorite books or videos or music, as I’m wont … Continue reading Number 18 in ‘18

Let’s clear the air: a Vulture is not a Buzzard

  Today’s blog focuses on the Turkey Vulture, another one of the most commonly seen birds here in the Southeast. Before we talk about identifying characteristics though, I thought we could dive into the semantics of the terms vulture and buzzard, because it can be pretty confusing. Before researching this topic, whenever I heard the … Continue reading Let’s clear the air: a Vulture is not a Buzzard

Murder in Strange Places

When I am not reading non-fiction, I tend to relax with two or three good mysteries.  The past few months I've reading Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher mysteries  set in Australia in the 1920s, and watching the show on PBS.   Deborah Crombie writes a series of books starring a couple of London detective inspectors and their … Continue reading Murder in Strange Places

Rollicking Reads of 2017

While it might be a bit late for a “last year recap” (it is already spring by the calendar, even if the snow last week belied that), I thought I might as well do one for those folks hoping to get some recommendations for good reading.  I did find some “gems” out of the 94 … Continue reading Rollicking Reads of 2017

More movies worth re-watching

  As the holidays loom in front of us, many of us might find ourselves with some spare time and looking to watch some movies at home (instead of going to see The Last Jedi). I’d like to suggest some movies to consider for your copious spare time, beginning with a seasonal/perennial special, Rudolph the … Continue reading More movies worth re-watching

Books for Boys

Somewhere between 7 and 9 years old, I became a Reader.  And by Reader I mean someone who loves to read.  I’d been “reading” (deciphering the alphabet to produce words whose meaning I understood) since I was about 3, and by first grade I was the best reader in my class (just a small elementary … Continue reading Books for Boys