Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
What makes Trine's book relevant today is the pervasiveness of cynicism and hopelessness in the world. Negative energies poison our society and paralyze our abilities to perform meaningful and socially beneficial actions. A "doom-and-gloom" mentality creates an expectation of failure or undesirable outcomes. Personally, if we assimilate these attitudes, we are more likely to suffer in our daily ventures than we would if we held more positive, optimistic thoughts and feelings.
Trine felt that everything in the universe is connected to an all-encompassing Spirit of Infinite Life and Power, which infuses existence with a loving, caring wholeness. We may choose to align ourselves with the force, or we may distance ourselves from it (which, as the author notes, is an original meaning of hell, i.e., to build a wall around or to separate). Persons immersed in annulling energies remove themselves from the supreme spiritual pervasiveness that is the universe. That, Trine points out, is a matter of personal choice--free will--and one may just as easily choose to embrace a more positive expression of life, which will inevitably lead to great improvements in our everyday lives.
Trine wrote over a century ago, before publishers cascaded bookshelves with forests of "new age" literature. Trine was expressing philosophy in a century that was perhaps more amenable than ours to such weighty pondering. But interest in metaphysics has blossomed since the 1960s, and Trine's book remains an exemplary contribution to the value of positive thinking, feeling, and living. It may just revitalize your life; at the very least, it will give you pause for thought.
William R. Buckley
MPL Reference Coordinator & Indiana Room Historian
P.S. Interested readers may check their favorite booksellers, libraries, and online venues (for free downloadable PDF copies).
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Historian Howard Zinn passed over in January, 2010, just one month after completing the introduction to his final book, The Bomb (San Francisco: City Lights Books, 2010) (ISBN 9780872865099), one of the Open Media Series titles. Like all of Zinn's books, it is an essential, if quite short, read, whether or not one agrees with his political orientation. His works were always exquisitely researched, his sources impeccably documented, his analysis solidly pragmatic and logical, and his prose engaging and straightforward. Each of Zinn's books delivers aspects of history, especially American history, that are ignored, overlooked, and, worst of all, actively suppressed by traditional, "establishment" historians. Zinn was the hero of the historically disenfranchised. He was, quite simply, the people's historian. His best known book, A People's History of the United States, 1492-Present (New York: 1st HarperPerennial ed., 1995), remains the vanguard in presenting "forgotten history." Like sociologist and historian James Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me, Zinn corrected the misconceptions propagated by "establishment" historians, whose "feel good" accounts distorted history taught in primary, secondary, and postsecondary education.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Clicking the book trailer hyperlink in the E.I. catalog record (see red box in graphic above) would play the book trailer attached to this record, which would look like the video below:
Monday, December 6, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana) presents a book trailer featuring Radiance, a novel by Alyson Noël. The target audience is "Tweens," which, depending upon the source, includes ages 9-12 or grades 5-8.
The first version of the book trailer (below) includes the soundtrack "Snow Angels," from the CD "Reflections on the Water: 24 Frames of Melancholy," © 2009 by Daniel E. Buckley (used by permission).
The second version of the book trailer (below) includes the soundtrack "Sick Doctors Treating Healthy Patients," from the CD "Music Therapy for the Deranged," © 2010 by Daniel E. Buckley (used by permission).
Which soundtrack version do you prefer?
MPL Video Productions
Thursday, December 2, 2010
With Jack Frost chilling the December air, who wouldn't like to sit before a roaring fire reading a favorite winter's tale in a comfortable chair? Outside the Friends of the Library book sale room, just inside the main entrance at Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana), Beth Hensley, MPL display designer, and Bill Cornwell, MPL building manager emeritus, created a realistic fireplace with ingenious "flames," which, although putting out no actual heat, certainly looks warm and inviting. If you happen to drop by the library, check it out, along with, of course, some books, videos, or other items of interest.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
To watch our book trailer for Imperceptible, check out our earlier blog at
Congratulations to Ms. Eickhoff and her students from the MHS Class of 2012 who have researched and written a fine contribution to the local history, folklore, and observation of contemporary human experience in this 186-year-old town.