Seeking Rest in a Busy World

Rest is hard to find. Our homes, schools, and public places are filled with sound and activities. People talk, electronic devices ping, beep, and trill. Machines hum. We are plugged in 24/7.

Our lives have become a hive of constant connection. We are never alone! And quiet time is so necessary for well-being. A recent study looked at the benefits of time alone. It turns out, even extroverts need alone time and that time spent alone makes people feel more rested, which contributes to their well-being.

james_tissot_-_quietAnd the activities that people in the study found the most restful?
1. Reading.
2. Being in a natural environment.
3. Time spent alone.

So grab a book and head outside for some quality alone time. It’s good for body and soul.

 

Want to know more about the benefits of rest? Try these titles. Just want to relax? Check out the downloadable music suggestions at the end of this post. For a full list of relaxation resources, click here.

jacket-aspxSilence : the power of quiet in a world full of noise / Thich Nĥát Hạnh. (Hardcover)
One of the world’s most beloved teachers and Zen masters shares a profound, concise, and practical guide to understanding and developing our most powerful inner resource—silence—to help us find happiness, purpose, and peace.

jacket-aspxThe art of stillness : adventures in going nowhere / Pico Iyer. (Hardcover)
Why might a lifelong traveler like Pico Iyer think that sitting quietly in a room might be the ultimate adventure? Because in our madly accelerating world, our lives are crowded, chaotic and noisy. There’s never been a greater need to slow down, tune out and give ourselves permission to be still.

jacket-aspxStillness speaks / Eckhart Tolle. (ebook)
If you connect to the stillness within, you move beyond your active mind and emotions and discover great depths of lasting peace, contentment, and serenity.

 

 

jacket-aspxRelaxation revolution : enhancing your personal health through the science and genetics of mind body healing / Herbert Benson and William Proctor. (Downloadable Audiobook)
Using the mind to quiet the body not only eases stress, it actually alters the activity of thousands of genes, promoting wellness. Science now proves that relaxation not only changes how a patient feels physically and emotionally, it has the power to transform genes, molecules, cells, and other physiological functions to relieve a variety of afflictions.

vector-musical-1Downloadable Music

Positive thinking, vol. 1 – music for meditation, relaxation & yoga

Guided meditation guided relaxation & guided imagery for the body and mind

Classical music for relaxation vol.1

Spa music: relaxing music for massage therapy, spa, yoga, stress relief, meditation and sleeping

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Tales of Three Chrises

befunky-collage-5-11While looking at upcoming films, I watched the newest trailer for the Wonder Woman movie (due June 2, 2017, and it looks fantastic), and was surprised to see actor Chris Pine in the role of Steve Trevor – I had no idea he was in the film. I like Chris Pine, he’s a worthy actor, and I think he’ll do a wonderful job in the role. But I can’t help but notice, he’s been cropping up in an awful lot of films lately.

Sometimes Hollywood gets hooked on a new actor and they become “hot” – in high demand because they seem to pull in audiences and thus make a lot of money, worthy or not. They may hang around a while, then fade off into obscurity when it’s realized they have no real talent, only to reappear on a C-grade cable network show pushing designer socks. Sometimes actors let their popularity run for a few years, make their money, and then get out altogether, to pursue directing, theater, music, or sometimes even a college degree.

But lately the name Chris seems to be the favorite in Hollywood – Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, and the other blockbuster, Chris Hemsworth. All are fine actors who have taken on roles that shot them to stardom, yet all have solid resumes of good films behind them even if you’ve never heard of them.

mv5bmtm4otq4ntu3nv5bml5banbnxkftztcwnjewndu0oq-_v1_ux214_cr00214317_al_Chris Pine comes from an acting family – his dad was Robert Pine, Sgt. Getraer from CHiPs, and he’s one of those well-rounded actors with actual talent. Although currently best known for taking on the iconic role of Captain James Kirk in the Star Trek reboot, he’s done an array of very worthy films, from action hero in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, to wine maker in Bottleshock (a very underrated movie with an excellent cast), to Coast Guard skipper in The Finest Hours. If you doubt his acting talent, listen to his singing voice as he belts out the tune “Agony” in Into the Woods. If he runs out of films, he can  switch easily to Broadway. If you’re of a certain age, or have daughters of a different age, you may remember him from Princess Diaries 2.  He’s not just taking on any role to make a buck.

On the other end, you have Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, who gained thirty8e289e037001b64b43665c8be542d3f9 pounds of pure muscle to take on the role of powerful comic book hero Thor in the multitude of Marvel films. But Hemsworth is not just eyecandy. His latest film was a comic role in the Ghostbusters reboot (okay, not exactly a great film, but not Thor either), but he’s popped up regularly in Snow White and the Huntsman, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, chasing Moby Dick in In The Heart of the Sea, racing cars in Rush, and escaping computer espionage in Black Hat, a worthwhile thriller though not of the same caliber of a Marvel film. He may look like he fell off the cover of a romance novel, but you can’t say he’s allowed himself to be typecast. He, too, was in the Star Trek reboot, as George Kirk, James T.’s father – a role he will be reprising in the next Star Trek film, which has not yet entered production (even though he’s three years younger than Chris Pine). If you really want entertainment, listen to him speak with his native Australian accent – you realize just how impressive his American accent is.

chris_pratt_-_guardians_of_the_galaxy_premiere_-_july_2014_croppedChris Pratt landed two franchises – starring in the latest Jurassic Park flick, Jurassic World, as well as the lead of Peter Quill in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (and the upcoming GG2, due out May 5 of 2017, and the next Jurassic, in pre-production, and reprising his Peter Quill role in the Avengers Infinity War, currently filming – talk about busy!). AND he starred with Jennifer Lawrence in December’s new release, Passengers. Before taking over the action-hero trade, he appeared in such varied films as Zero Dark Thirty, Moneyball, and the recent star-studded western, The Magnificent Seven. Of the three, he’s also done extensive television, with recurring roles on Parks and Recreation, The O.C., and Everwood.  He’s earned the right to be exhausted!

So while the weather is less than delightful, make it a weekend of high entertainment and Chris-cross some of these films off your list. No matter what your style of movie – westerns, intrigue, racing, science fiction, comic heroes, fairy tales, covert wars, musicals or more, one of these men has the perfect film for you.

What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in January?

Happy New Year! We’ve got some programs to help you start the year off right, whether it’s getting healthier, spending quality family time together, or figuring out that new technology you got over the holidays… check out our January calendar for the full roster of programs this month, including:

Tuesday Movie Matinees

img_8439Tuesdays, Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 1:00 PM

  • Jan 3: Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
  • Jan 10: Money Monster (2016)
  • Jan 17: Sully (2016)
  • Jan 24: All the Way (2016)

Family Game Night

familyWednesday Jan 4, 2017, 6:30  –  8:00 PM

Enjoy a fun-filled, family-friendly evening at Family Game Night! We’ll bring out a mix of classic and new tabletop games, as well as video games for Wii. Use the library’s games, or feel free to bring your own! Best for families with children ages 3 and up, registration required.

board-game-1719449_960_720Cheshire Board Game Club

Thursday Jan 5, 2017, 3:00  –  4:30 PM

Cheshire Board Game Club is a table top gaming group welcoming all skill levels and gaming abilities. We have a ton of games, so come on by, play games and nibble snacks with us! Grades 7—12, no registration required.

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Saturday Jan 7, 2017, 11:00 AM  –  12:00 PM

Baby, it’s cold outside! Come in from the cold and join us for an indoor obstacle course that’s just right for kids under 6. Healthy snacks will be served. No registration required.

karkowska_sistersThe Karkowska Sisters Duo

Sunday Jan 8, 2017, 2:00 PM

60 Minutes Around the World will take the audience on a breathtaking journey/adventure around the world with unforgettable stories, a healthy dose of humor, and an amazing program of the most beloved classical music. Free to the public, no registration required.

Drop-In Tech Help

notebook, and two persons on white backgroundMondays Jan 9, 23, 30 and Saturday Jan 21, 1:00 PM

Do you have questions about your computer, smartphone, or iPad? Do you need help navigating Facebook or downloading an ebook?  Bring your technology-related questions and problems to Cheshire Public Library’s Drop-in Tech Help. NOTE: Please be sure your device is fully charged beforehand. In the event your question or issue is more involved, we may ask you to schedule an appointment to come back for one-on-one help. Tech help is available on a first come first served basis.

3_healthy___delicious_pasta_alternatives_0_27750151_ver1-0_640_480Cookbook Club: Good and Good FOR You

Wednesday Jan 11, 2017, 6:30  –  8:00 PM

Let’s explore recipes that not only keep up healthy and fit, but that also taste great!  Are you like us, and looking to get back on track after the holidays?  Then this Cookbook Club is for you. Check out a cookbook from the library, bring a sample dish, and discuss healthy and delicious food with some great people.  Don’t forget to bring copies of your recipe to share with the group.  Bon Appetit! Registration is required.

apple_me276ll_a_16gb_ipad_mini_with_1011237Introduction to iPad

Thursday Jan 12, 2017, 6:30 PM

Do you have an iPad or are you thinking of getting one? Then this class is for you!  Get the lowdown on apps, music, settings and more. Please bring your fully charged iPad, apple user name/password and your e-mail user name/password if applicable. Registration is required.

05-stock-illustration-13570049-gym-exercises-silhouettes-female-copy-2Pilates

Saturday Jan 14, 2017, 2:30  –  4:00 PM

Pilates is a highly effective exercise that can be practiced by all ages and abilities to help you build strength, flexibility and overall well-being. Pilates is designed to help you improve muscles, strength, breathing, posture, balance and more. Come  improve core strength mobility and stability with Pilates instructor Nadine Phillips. Registration is required.

dr_lynnette_m_guida-61115356_stdHealing Power of Nature

Wednesday Jan 18, 2017, 6:00  –  7:30 PM

Join  Dr. Lynnette M. Guida, a Naturopathic Physician and  Licensed Acupuncturist, as she explains principles and benefits of naturopathic medicine and acupuncture. Registration is required.

kindle-fire-hdxIntroduction to Kindle Fire

Thursday Jan 19, 2017, 6:30 PM

Join us as we discuss the fundamentals of the Amazon Fire HDX.  We will look at apps, setting, how to connect your device to the internet and more.  Please bring your fully charged Amazon Fire HDX and your Amazon user name/ password.  Registration is required.

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 Wednesday Jan 25, 2017, 6:00  –  7:30 PM  

Join Lynn Healy as she shares her own personal stories for overcoming fear and limiting beliefs around self-worth and happiness. She’ll provide tips and tools you can put into your life today to help you find your happiness. Talk includes meditation designed to help you bust through the blocks that are holding you back. Previous meditation experience is not necessary. This meditation will help spiritual gurus and newbies, alike. Registration is required.

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Saturday Jan 28, 2017, 2:00 PM

With the holidays over, we naturally begin to focus on healthy eating and exercise but we still want our chocolate!   Can chocolate really be part of a healthy diet?  Long time chef and chocolate expert Maria Brandriff will demonstrate that it can. The program will feature information about the health benefits of chocolate as well demonstrations of some healthy and easy-to-make recipes.  Ample samples and recipes will be available. Registration is required.

Hole-y Cow

singin-in-the-rain-diWay back when, when actors were still called entertainers, Hollywood stars were multi-talented individuals who sang, danced, and acted well – your Shirley Temples, Judy Garlands, Gene Kellys, and so many more. Studios knew they could not only rake in money off the films, but a Christmas album was a sure winner, and possibly even a touring performance.

Today, most actors are carefully pigeon-holed into one role, and there are very few “entertainers” who can successfully cross bridges in the industry. Some actors are talented musicians – Hugh Laurie plays a mean jazz piano, and Charo – yes, Charo the cuchi cuchi girl – was, at least at one point, one of the top three flamenco guitarists in the world. You have to see it to believe it:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmNPXqG6ovg.  Some comedians are excellent dramatists – Robin Williams for one.  But some agents push actors with no talent into music, with embarrassing results. Ever listen to Clint Eastwood sing? Or William Shatner? Save yourself, and don’t Google Hulk Hogan singing.

But every now and then you hit the jackpot, and Kiefer Sutherland is one of them. Yes, That Kiefer Sutherland, whether killing as a vampire or saving people in under 24 hours, the Kiefer Sutherland whose father runs Pan Em and praises orange juice, second-generation Hollywood. The man can Sing.

Sutherland’s debut album is called Down in a Hole, and although it’s labeled country (and the steel guitars on a few tracks clinch it), the album is the closest thing I’ve heard in ages that resembles good old-fashioned rock and roll, the kind you can’t find on the kiefer-sutherlandradio anymore. Do NOT disregard the album because you don’t like country – it is well worth a listen. Sutherland has a rough and ready voice, Joe Cocker after four packs of unfiltered Camels – no polished music-school certificates here.

My favorite, I think, is “Going Home,” which has that glorious old rock feel. “Shirley Jean” is a tear-jerker, but almost more folk than country, not out of place in a Pete Seeger repertoire. “Not Enough Whiskey” isn’t my favorite, but it has a sweet rolling beat that just won’t let go. “I’ll Do Anything” is probably the most “country” song, steel strings twanging and pearl snaps shining. “All She Wrote” sounds like it was a track that didn’t make the final cut of a Sons of Anarchy album – you can almost hear the leather creaking.

Not too many singers/bands are successful at crossing the country/ rock line – The Eagles are probably the best example, maybe the Allman Brothers, with some singers – Dolly Parton (9 to 5), Kenny Rogers (The Gambler), Glen Campbell (Southern Nights, Rhinestone Cowboy), and Shania 4873bwTwain kicking occasional songs onto both country and pop charts at once. Kiefer Sutherland is another to watch – and the fact he has a severe hearing loss makes it all the more amazing. This is his debut album, and I cannot wait for the next one.

What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in November

Whether your interests are cooking, art, science, history, or music (or all of the above), we’ve got the programs for you at CPL this month! Here’s a sampling:

tonyfalconePainting Large with Artist Tony Falcone

Wednesday Nov 2, 2016, 6:30  –  8:15 PM

Educational program presented by the Cheshire Art League.  Artist Tony Falcone presents a program about his murals, portraits, and more.  Free and open to the public, no registration required.

2rgevxzCarrie Welton

Thursday Nov 3, 2016, 6:30 PM

Anyone who grew up in Waterbury, CT is familiar with Carrie Welton’s name, mainly because of the presence of a large drinking fountain located at the east end of the city green. Join author Charles Monagan as he shares his new novel about this local, historic figure. This program is funded by the Friends of the Cheshire Public Library. Registration is required. Please register online or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4

tellabrationTellabration (Ages 2+)

Saturday Nov 5, 2016, 11:00 AM

Join us as we celebrate the art of storytelling with the Connecticut Storytelling Center.  All Ages welcomed! No registration required.

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Sunday Nov 6, 2016, 2:00 PM

A unique piano concert based on Paul’s CD featuring waltzes by Scott Joplin, (we’ll bet you’ve never heard a Joplin Waltz before!) the Carousel Waltz by Richard Rodgers plus Sousa’s Washington Post March.  Music by Stephen Sondheim, Irving Berlin and Gershwin standards will also be performed. Free to the public, no registration  required.

arts-and-crafts-iconsCrafternoon 

Monday Nov 7, 2016, 4:30 PM

School-aged children are invited to an afternoon of crafting! Will we paint? Collage? Whatever it is, get ready to BE CREATIVE! Ages 5 and up. Registration required.

289bdk8Forensics

Monday Nov 7, 2016, 6:30 PM

Are you curious about forensic science? crime scene investigations? blood pattern analysis? Join Peter Massey, Training Coordinator for the National Crime Scene Training and Technology Center at the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science at UNH for an evening of forensic science.  Please bring a donation of non-perishable food for the Cheshire Food Pantry. Let’s support our neighbors this Thanksgiving! Registration is required. Please register online or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4.

Cookbook Club: Desserts and Holiday Baking

gingerbreadcookiesWednesday Nov 9, 2016, 6:30  –  8:00 PM

  1.  Check out a cookbook related to our theme: “Desserts and Holiday Baking”.
  2.  Try one or more recipes at home.
  3. Come to Cookbook Club. Wednesday, November 9 at 6:30pm.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Ages 18 and up only.
  4. Share your thoughts (and dishes). Bring your cookbook(s), copies of your recipe, and a prepared dessert to share with the group.

***Hands-on pie crust and pastry workshop with library staff!  Be prepared to get messy.***

steam_logoS.T.E.A.M. Punks

Thursday Nov 10, 2016, 3:00  –  4:30 PM

Investigate the many elements of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math. We’ll explore robotics, electronics, arts & crafts, food science and much, much more. We’ll put things together, take things apart, play games, and have a ton of fun! For grades 7—12. No registration required.

autumnFriends of the Library Book Sale

Preview Night
Wednesday, November 16th. Friends Members only.
6:30pm – 8:00pm
(You may purchase a membership at the door that evening.)

Sale Dates
Thursday, November 17th, 9:00 – 8:00
Friday, November 18th, 9:00 – 4:30
Saturday, November 19th, 9:00 – 4:30

Bag of Books Sale
Sunday, November 20th, Noon – 3

1zdnp8kDigital Download Help-a-thon

Monday Nov 28, 2016, 2:00  –  4:00 PM

Did you know Cheshire residents can download ebooks, audiobooks, movies and more for FREE? Learn how to use your Library’s Digital Collection! Bring your device for a hands-on tutorial. Smartphones, laptops, tablets, and e-readers all apply, but make sure your device is fully charged! Please register online.

transparent-christmas-wreath-clipart-picture-0Tis the Season

Monday Nov 28, 2016, 6:30  –  8:00 PM

“Tis the Season” to invite friends, neighbors and family to share the warmth of your home during the holidays. Noted floral designer and Cheshire resident Sylvia Nichols will demonstrate easy techniques to create personalized arrangements to decorate your home such as a wreath for the front door, a swag for the lamppost, a beautiful arrangement for your dinner table and much more.  Join us for a lively demonstration full of surprises and fun! Please register online. This program is generously sponsored by Cheshire Nursery.