Friday, February 11, 2011
Community involvement, discussion of issues are big parts of Malden Reads.
It was the end of July, 2010 when several people met at the Malden Public Library to discuss the possibility of a Malden Reads: One City, One Book project. As I sat around a table with the Library’s Executive Director Dina Malgeri, Assistant Director Donna Alger, and members of the Friends of the Library, YWCA, and Oak Grove Improvement Association, all avid book readers professing their love of books, I kept thinking, “I’m not going to say it, I’m not going to tell them.” We went around the table introducing ourselves, giving our reasons why we wanted to be involved with the project. It was my turn. Again, I kept thinking “OK, Carol, just talk about community. Avoid any discussion about books and authors.” Sitting across the table from me…
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Our pet of the week may not be a Star Trek fan, but she's on a mission to cuddle.
This is Bones, a silly and playful 1-year-old cat looking for a family. Although she has plenty of fun here at the shelter, she is ready for a home of her very own. Bones loves to play and gets very excited about it. Sometimes she gets so excited that she has trouble containing that excitement and it turns into finger nibbles. For that reason, Bones would probably not be best in a home with small children. The use of toys and treats work best to keep her nibble behaviors curbed and is likely to keep her occupied for hours. Bones also loves to be petted all over, so if you’re lookin’ for some affection she is your type of girl!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Cuddle up under a blanket and read.
As the snow piles up outside and the weather continues with its relentless challenges, what better way to spend your time than to take part in Malden’s new community reading program, “One City, One Book”? The first step simply involves curling up with a good book and maybe a cup of tea. And if you have children in your family, there’s a book for every age group, including two picture books to read out loud. The selected books center around the same themes and they offer engaging writing, food for thought, and a springboard to community-building events and activities to take place later in the winter and early spring. The main book selection for the inaugural year of Malden Reads is “The Soloist” by Steve Lopez, the true story of “a lost …
Saturday, January 22, 2011
He's a friendly terrier who'd make a great addition to your childless home.
This is Jackie Boy, a 2-year-old male Parson Russell Terrier. He is a fun and friendly terrier looking for a new home. Jackie Boy is friendly with people and with dogs that do not try to jump on and overwhelm him. He has been known to occasionally guard his food and toys so would be best in an adult only home. Terriers are very smart and active dogs who get bored easily so Jackie would need an owner that is interested in daily exercise and training. If you’re looking for a dog that you may want to take for long walks or trips to the park or beach then Jackie may be the boy for you!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
The true story follows the life of a homeless, mentally ill musician and the reporter who tries to help him.
When Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez heard Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on the downtrodden streets of Skid Row, he decided to make this “Violin Man” the subject of his column. It turns out Nathaniel’s story was even more intriguing than he imagined. Thirty years earlier, Nathaniel had been a promising student at Julliard. A brilliant musician and also one of the few African Americans at the prestigious conservatory, Nathaniel eventually dropped out due to his mental illness—schizophrenia. Now homeless, all of his belongings contained in a shopping cart, Nathaniel makes his life on Skid Row. He plays his battered instrument daily in the shadow of the famous Disney Concert Hall and a statue of his idol…
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Making manageable your mouthful of storage vegetables
OK let's talk toys. Of course, I mean tools—serious tools to get some good work done. The one I have in mind is a powerhouse of potential. Its products can be applicable to both hot and cold dishes. It will dismantle the roughest roots and reduce everything it encounters to shreds. If you have been good, and Santa were to head over to the Hong Kong market on Commercial St., he could pick up this apparatus for you. It would only set him back about three bucks so you don't even have to be on his Extra Nice List—just Reasonably Well-Behaved ought to score you the goods. This tool is a small, hand-held white mini-mandoline, and yes, it is Japanese. It makes delightfully fine, perfectly-formed, long, thin, rectangular julienne strips no thicker…
Saturday, December 18, 2010
This calm little guy needs a good home.
If you are looking for a sweet, devoted, and calm little dog, then Spencer is your guy. Spencer is a 10 year old schnauzer mix who was brought to the shelter because his owner could not afford the care of a dog. He enjoys walks and has an adorable little prance when he walks with you. He would prefer a quiet home for the holidays where he can enjoy the company of his new family, because sometimes loud noises scare him. He could also live with other dogs as he has in the past and looks forward to playgroup every morning with the dogs here in the shelter.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
She may not always stay put, and she may hide her toys, but Chica's a great pet in need of a home.
This is Chica and she is in need of a ferret friendly home. She is a young spayed ferret available for adoption here at the Animal Rescue League of Boston Adoption Center. Like most ferrets she is very inquisitive and fun to spend time with. Ferrets spend about 90 percent of their time being lazy and sleeping in a curled up fashion. The other 10 percent of their time is spent exploring and playing. Compared to most ferrets, Chica can occasionally be a bit nippy so it is best if she goes to a home without small children. She just needs someone with patience and experience to teach her better manners. Chica is also a smaller ferret and she has been known to "weasel her way" out of small openings. Not only is it normal for ferrets to get in …
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Don't mice vegetables to try and fool your kids, add some familiar favorites to enhance the veggies instead.
"Pffft!! You sure know how to ruin a good pizza." There is someone in my house who will level this charge against me. Of course, I don't look at it this way; I think I am being revolutionary by adding lots of vegetables on pizza the way I do. No doubt my kids are going to eat pizza, so I add vegetables for the ride. But I am not going to just plop on a pound of slimy spinach and say, eat up! Like all kids, mine dig novelty and so this is how I get away with my shenanigans: 1. I buy the thinnest, crunchiest pizza pie with the least amount of cheese I can find. Costco has Palermo's Primo Thin Margherita pizza that meets all these criteria plus it has tomato pieces in addition to the sauce. There is a Costco on either end of Malden, one in …
Friday, December 3, 2010
Malden has a rich literary history.
Did you know that the New York Times published its first Best-Seller list on August 9, 1942 and that the first ever non-fiction best-seller was Malden author Elliot Paul's The Last Time I Saw Paris, reminiscences of the 18 years he lived in pre-war Paris? As we formulate plans to celebrate a city coming together with reading, music, drama, and other programs, let us also reflect on Malden's literary history as represented in the writing of many Malden authors. Elliot Paul was born in the Linden section in 1891, attended Malden schools and graduated from Malden High School. His first of many novels was published in 1921 and he continued to write until his death in 1958. Erle Stanley Gardner, born in Malden in 1889, was the author of 80 …