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Roaming librarians file dispatches from the world of information.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Good Stuff...To Boot!

Among my favorite stores to putter around is Ranger Surplus, located in Rockville not far from Montgomery College. "Saving you money on surplus, survival and outdoor gear," their webpage brags. Their selection of army/navy supplies are varied and interesting, reflecting past and present armed services gear...and it got me thinking of military science and history.

A weird Stream-of-Consciousness, huh?

Among MCPL's plethora of reading material, here are some titles to select from Said Subject:

* "Battle" by Richard Holmes. Call Number: J 355. This is part of the Eyewitness Series (if you're not familiar with these, you SHOULD be -- they're great!). Discover the weapons, equipment, and tactics used in conflicts throughout the ages. Great illustrations!

* "Ripples of Battle: How Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live and How We Think" by Victor Davis Hanson. 355.02 HAN. The title says it all. :-)

* "The Roman Army: The Legendary Soldiers Who Created an Empire" by Dyan Blacklock. J 355 BLA. An illustrated history of the Roman Army, including information about its composition, organization, training, methods, weapons, and campaigns

* "Shades of Blue and Gray: An Introductory Military History of the Civil War" by Herman Hattaway. 973.73 HAT.

If you're interested in online resources, check MCPL's "History and Current Events" section under "Research a Topic." Databases are available focusing on American history, world history, African-American studies and opposing viewpoints on controversial social issues.

Despite the adage that "history teaches us nothing," an ocassional review of the past may help guide us in (or guide us away from) certain actions in the future.

Happy reading -- happy learning!

POSTED: 8:00:00 AM |

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Trash to Treasure

wedding tableThe topic of my last blog post was the DIY wedding, and the vision of  my particular DIY daughter.  I am happy to say that all went well at the DIY wedding, and it was worth all of the little crafty touches that personalized the day.  The bride was lovely, the groom handsome, the beer cold and the crabs hot.

However, I am now in possession of things purchased for this wedding that neither I nor the happy couple need, such as an extra wedding gown, six three gallon drink dispensers,  two one gallon containers of lime juice, four wooden vegetable crates and so on.

I will be selling off these uneeded items (hopefully!) by using Craigslist and Ebay.  I've already sold off the vegetable crates to two happy buyers.

Yard sales are the traditional route for making some cash while getting rid of things you no longer want, and fall is big time yard sale season.  Local fall festivals are often accompanied by many local yard and garage sales.  Boonesborough Days, which is held the weekend after Labor Day, just finished up, and Main Street was gridlocked for a mile with shoppers perusing the trash and treasure on offer.  Another giant festival with dozens of associated yard sales, Catoctin Colorfest in Thurmont, MD, is coming up October 13th and 14th. 

TV shows like  American Pickers and Storage Wars can whet the appetite for searching out yard sale diamonds in the rough.  We’ve all heard about people who bought an ugly painting at a garage sale, and found out later that it was by some obscure American master, worth thousands!!  If you'd like some advice on how to find, bargain for, and use other peoples unwanted items try these library offerings - I brake for Yard Sales

A former host of "Antiques Roadshow" , Lara Spencer is a life long yard-saler.  In " I Brake for Yard Sales and Flea Markets, Thrift Shops, Auctions and the Occasional Dumpster" she explains how to rescue, recycle, and reinvent secondhand items and details the simple fixes that turn someone else's trash into your instant heirloom.


"How to Make a Fortune with Other People's Junk" by G. G. Carbone is packed with  insider tips on finding bargains in dozens of venues--including garage sales, flea markets, white elephant sales, tag sales, eBay, and then shows you how to resell like a pro.


tag salesIn "Good Things from Tag Sales and Flea Markets" author Ellen Morrissey offers  advice for entering the world of bargaining and flea markets.  This book was inspired by Martha Stewart's love of bargain hunting.

In the meantime, need any lime juice? 


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CATEGORIES: Anita V. , Recycling , Weddings
POSTED: 12:05:00 AM |

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Fall Frenzy

Apples and Baseball


Summer has sped right on by, the kids are back in school, and baseball season is winding down, which must mean that fall is right around the corner.    With other deadlines and a big late summer vacation beckoning, I've decided to dig into the archives for some of this post, so if some of it sounds familiar,  I hope you'll indulge me.

Normally in our area fall means football (be it Redskins, Ravens, Terps, or your favorite team) but for the first time in at least 43 years, Washington's guys on the gridiron will have to compete with their ballpark counterparts for attention.   With any luck the playoffs will beckon both the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles.  Anyone for a "Battle of the Beltways" World Series?  While the area's sports nuts will be brimming with excitement, there are plenty of other ways to frolic this fall.

Getting outdoors and enjoying the fresh air is one of the joys of fall.  There are plenty of places in our area to take advantage of it too.  Climb up Sugarloaf Mountain and enjoy the scenic vistas while catching a glimpse of soaring hawks before they migrate south for the winter.  Closer to home, take a stroll or a ride on horseback through Wheaton Regional Park or Rock Creek Park.



  A Youtuber's Hike on Sugarloaf Mountain

Fall also brings with it one of my favorite childhood excursions....visiting the local apple orchard and picking (and eating) fresh, juicy apples.  My favorite orchard even has cute farm animals, including some acrobatic goats!   After you've picked your apples, come in and visit the library to find that perfect apple pie recipe.  Yum!

Here's to a leaf loving, apple munching, colorful autumn!

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CATEGORIES: Chris B. , Seasons , Sports
POSTED: 10:00:00 AM |
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