Friday, April 18, 2014

Poetry Friday--Paul Scott Mowrer

A years back, book groups in New Hampshire all wanted to read The Paris Wife by Paula McLain [F MCL]. It was a story of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson. What many people don't know is that after Ernest and Hadley divorced, Hadley met Paul Scott Mowrer, a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Daily News, whom she later married. (To learn more look for Hadley by Gioia Diliberto [B HEM].)

Mowrer retired from the Chicago Daily News in 1948 and moved to Chocorua, NH. He was active in writing and promoting poetry in NH and he served as NH's Poetry Laureate from 1968 until his death in 1971. Unfortunately, we don't have any of Mowrer's poetry books in our collection, but there are several available from other GMILCS consortium libraries. I'm sad to say that I didn't find a single one of his poems in our large collection of anthologies! There are several to be found online, however, and I posted a delightful one, titled "Chipmunks," on my personal blog back in 2012.

Here's another poem that screams New Hampshire in the spring when all manner of frogs and toads venture forth...

The Toad

As I went down by Heathcape Road,
Near Turner's Mill I met a toad.
"Good evening, Toad," said I to him.
"I see you, though the light be dim.
Now turn my friend, before some car
Obliterates you where you are."
"I thank you, but," said he to me,
"Across this road there dwells a She,
And if I cannot come to her,
Death itself would I prefer."

The toad pictured above is a Fowler's Toad, which lives in NH and typically migrates at this time of year. The photo comes courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife through NHPTV's Wildlife Journal.

Robyn Hood Black is hosting the Poetry Friday Round-Up this week. Stop by. Have a happy Easter weekend everyone!

Thursday, April 17, 2014


'Tis the season to be boiling and decorating eggs. And eggs remind me of chickens, so now I have an excuse to share this:

So what do you do with all the hard-boiled eggs you end up with? You can make deviled eggs. I know, you're saying, "my grandmother used to make those--yuck!" However, today's tastes can probably be satisfied with recipes found on Pinterest. If you search for boards using the term, "deviled eggs," you end up with a whole page of results!

Of course, we have many cookbooks in our collection containing a deviled egg recipe or two. And, we have one book that is devoted entirely to eggs: The Farmstead Egg Cookbook by Terry Blonder Golson [641.675 GOL].

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WILD New Hampshire

This Saturday is "Discover WILD New Hampshire Day," an annual event that is designed to introduce the whole family to the wonders of New Hampshire wildlife and outdoor activities. It is sponsored by NH Fish and Game and features "exhibits from environmental and conservation organizations from throughout the state."

The festival takes place in Concord and there is no admission charge. To learn more about the day, click here.

If you're interested in New Hampshire's wildlife, these items will get you started:

Carpenter, Ralph G. Fishes of New Hampshire: A Sportsman's Guide to the Fresh-Water Fishes of New Hampshire. [799.1742 CAR]

New Hampshire Wildlife Journal. [MAG NEW]

Silber, Judith K. New Hampshire Wildlife Viewing Guide. [J 974.2 SIL]

Taylor, James. The Amphibians & Reptiles of New Hampshire: With Keys to Tarval, Immature and Adult Forms. [597.9742 TAY]

Wildlines. [MAG WIL]

Photo courtesy NHFG.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Animated Films

With the internet, free sharing of public domain materials, and YouTube, students of film now have the opportunity to view films and to learn from the early masters of animation, or to see films that are a little out of the ordinary.

The following is a film that was created 102 years ago!

OKKULT Motion Pictures has taken old films and created a series of animated GIFs. Their project is called "Excerpts" and is described as
a collection of GIFs excerpted from open source/unknown/rare/controversial moving images. A digital curation project for the diffusion of open knowledge.

An example, starring Donald Duck, can be found here.

If you'd like to try your hand at old-school animation, look for Film Animation Techniques: A Beginner's Guide and Handbook by Lafe Locke [778.5 LOC]. A look at computer animation can be found in The Animator's Survival Kit by Richard Williams [778.5347 WIL].

Monday, April 14, 2014


There was a report over the weekend of a rabid fox that bit a child in Derry. Please instruct your children to stay away from all wild animals! And from stray animals (cat, dog), especially any that appear to be sick or acting strangely. I would also suggest making sure that your pets are up-to-date on their rabies vaccination, and that you not let them out on their own--they too can be bit.

Fortunately, rabies shots are not the ordeal they once were, but it is still better not to have to receive the injections! Learn more at the website from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. The State of New Hampshire DHHS also has information. A "Rabies Fact Sheet" can be accessed here.

Rabies has a long history that is briefly touched on in the book Mapping Epidemics: A Historical Atlas of Disease by Brent H. Hoff and Carter Smith III [614.4 HOF].

Friday, April 11, 2014

Poetry Friday--Richard Eberhart

Continuing with our NPM celebration of New Hampshire poets, this week we have Richard Eberhart who served as a U.S. poet laureate 1959-1961, back in the days when it was called "Consultant in Poetry." Eberhart was later NH's Poet Laureate 1979-1984, and he taught poetry at Dartmouth College for 20 years.

Here's a poem that was published in 1970 in the October 3 issue of The New Yorker. We have it in The Poets Laureate Anthology [811.5 POE].
As If You Had Never Been

When I see your picture in its frame,
A strait jacket, pity rises in me,
And stronger than pity, revulsion.
          It is as if you had never been.

Nobody in the world can know your love,
You are strapped to the nothingness of ages,
Nobody can will you into life,
          It is as if you had never been.

I cannot break you anonymity,
The absolute has imprisoned you,
Most sentient, most prescient, most near.
          It is as if you had never been.

Before you go off to Today's Little Ditty for the Poetry Friday Round-Up, I wanted to share an excellent NPM presentation created by Christine Heaton of Hollis Brookline High School Library.

Photo of Richard Eberhart courtesy Library of Congress.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Power of Music

This amazing video was passed on by a friend who works with the elderly.

Oliver W. Sacks, a noted authority on the psychological aspects of music, and who is seen in the film, has written a powerful book called Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain [781.11 SAC]. When last I looked, it was still on the shelf!

More about music and the brain can be learned from the PBS video, The Musical Brain: A Journey of Discovery into the Mystery of Music [DVD 781.11 MUS].