Seeking Clarity

Are you seeking clarity in your mind or in your physical surroundings? Then check out these articles.

I've had Marie Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up recommended to me before. Now, the organizing guru has a new book, titled Spark Joy. Per this short write-up in New Statesman, Kondo's self-help method is one that "seeks to change our relationship with our possessions in a way that neither diminishes their importance, nor excuses piles of meaningless clutter." That definitely sounds like something I could use in my life! Kondo's books are held by Daniel Boone Regional Library. And the article, which appeared in the January 22 issue, can be read online or in Ellis's current periodicals section.

Though I don't have a background in science, almost every issue of the magazine New Scientist has a headline that catches my eye. The cover of the January 30 issue asks, "Who Do You Think You Are? Why we can't see our inner selves clearly." An intriguing topic, for sure! The article is by Emma Young, a science and health journalist, whose most recent book is Sane: How I shaped my mind, improved my mental strength and found calm. To summarize the article: the problem of self-evaluation is a bit of a paradox — humans are bad at assessing our own qualities and skills (such as intelligence, friendliness, or athleticism), but one reason for this is that we know our inner workings too well and can therefore be more critical of ourselves than an outsider would be. You can read the full article in print in Ellis, or you can read it online through EBSCOhost following its 30-day embargo.

Winter Walks



The cover story of Prevention magazine's February issue is "Walk Off Fat (+ Make it fun!)", which I thought would appeal to those of us who are Fitbitters or are just trying to stay active during the cold winter months. You can find this issue in Ellis Library's current periodicals collection. You can also find more information about walking on Prevention's website, including this article about how to add 5000 steps per day or this one about maintaining your walking routine even with snow on the ground.

And for those of you who are really adventurous, how about taking your cat for a walk in the winter wonderland? Just don't lose him out there!


Want to celebrate the holidays, Dickens-style? Erin lets you know how to do it!

We received the December issue of Missouri Life in today’s mail. It includes an article about Charles Dickens’s 1842 visit to St Louis. And the magazine suggests the following events, for Missourians who would like to celebrate the holidays, Dickens-style.


Dec 3-5

Dickens Christmas Faire



Dec 4

A Christmas Carol



Dec 5

Dickens Christmas



Dec 11-20

A Christmas Carol

Arrow Rock


The Coloring Craze: Adult Coloring Books

Also, the Nov 16 issue of Publishers Weekly features a story about the adult coloring book phenomenon.

Coloring is great for relaxation, and there is a wide variety available through and other retailers.  They range from funny ones (Unicorns are Jerks, The 1990s Coloring Book) to more scientific (The Art of Nature Coloring Book).


Thanks to Erin for the information!