In 2014, the Treasury Department announced that it would remove Andrew Jackson’s portrait from the $20 bill and replace it with the portrait of a great woman from U.S. history, in time for the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage throughout the United States with the passage of the 19th amendment.
Earlier this year, it was announced that, in fact, the $10 bill is the one scheduled for a redo, and Alexander Hamilton’s portrait would be replaced (although he would somehow, somewhere, remain on the bill.) This has
caused a bit of controversy.
Not many people would disagree that it’s time for a woman’s portrait on U. S. paper money, but there is a lot of disagreement about which man’s portrait should be replaced. There are also those who think the new portrait should appear on the more prominent bill (there are between 4 and 5 times as many 20s in circulation as 10s.)
Of the two men, who deserves to be on money more and who should be removed? Alexander Hamilton was an officer, a war hero, a founding father and great advocate for the Constitution, the first Secretary of the Treasury, creator of the Bank of the United States (and he figured out a way to pay the Revolutionary War debt,) and an occasional duelist. It certainly seems that he would be proud to have his portrait on money.
Andrew Jackson was an officer, a war hero, seventh President of the United States, a great advocate of democracy, an occasional duelist, a hater of paper money, a hater of the rechartered Bank of the United States, and a believer in gold and silver being the only currency. It seems that he might be baffled as to why his portrait is on paper money. His detractors also point out that his economic policies led to the worst depression in the country up to that time, that he was a slave-owner (and had been a slave trader,) and that he was brutal towards Native Americans.
Lunch has been on my mind lately. Maybe it’s on my mind because it is back-to-school time and those new lunch boxes are calling for something nutritious that kids actually want to eat. Maybe all the articles I’ve recently run across touting the benefits of brown bagging your lunch at work have planted the idea in my brain. Maybe I’m just hungry right now.
If you’ve got lunch on your mind too, here are some great ideas for making the midday meal a little more exciting, healthy, and budget-friendly.
The Little book of Lunch: 100 Recipes & Ideas to Reclaim the Lunch Hour by Caroline Craig & Sophie Missing
Real Snacks by Lara Ferroni
Beating the Lunch Box Blues: Fresh Ideas for Lunches on the Go! By J. M. Hirsch
Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches: Stacked with Flavor by Emeril Lagasse
The Lunch Box by Kate McMillan
Vegan Lunch Box Around the World by Jennifer McCann
Unjunk Your Junk Food by Andrea Donsky & Randy Boyer
The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet by Laura Fuentes
Stealth Health Lunches Kids Love by Tracy Griffith
The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches by Susan Russo
Kawaii Bento Boxes edited by Yoko Isiguro
Gluten-Free Classic Snacks by Nicole Hunn
Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts on the Go by Diana Rodgers
Weelicious Lunches by Catherine McCord
Kids’ Healthy Lunchbox by Cara Hobday
The following books will be released in September but are in our catalog now.
Put them on hold today!
THE HANGING GIRL by Adler-Olsen, Jussi
THE DARLING DAHLIAS AND THE ELEVEN O’CLOCK LADY by Albert, Susan Wittig
CLOCKWORK LIVES by Anderson, Kevin J./ Peart, Neil
THE HEART GOES LAST by Atwood, Margaret
THE BLUE GUITAR by Banville, John
DISHING THE DIRT by Beaton, M. C.
PATRIOT by Bell, Ted
THE WHITE GHOST by Benn, James R.
THE GIRL WITH THE DEEP BLUE EYES by Block, Lawrence
SWEET CARESS : The Many Lives of Amory Clay by Boyd, William
THE AERONAUT’S WINDLASS by Butcher, Jim
DRIVING HEAT by Castle, Richard
MAKE ME by Child, Lee
THE MAN WHO FELL FROM THE SKY by Coel, Margaret
A SONG OF SHADOWS by Connolly, John
THE END GAME by Coulter, Catherine/ Ellison, J. T.
THE SOLOMON CURSE by Cussler, Clive
THE LAST MIDWIFE by Dallas, Sandra
THE GILDED HOUR by Donati, Sara
THE SCAM by Evanovich, Janet/ Goldberg, Lee
DARK GHOST by Feehan, Christine
PURITY by Franzen, Jonathan
THE HIDDEN by Graham, Heather
THE ZIG ZAG GIRL by Griffiths, Elly
A LESSON IN HOPE by Gulley, Philip
THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON by Hamilton, Steve
THE DRAFTER by Harrison, Kim
KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING by Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia
DANCE OF THE BONES by Jance, Judith A.
SHADOW PLAY by Johansen, Iris
FEAR OF DYING by Jong, Erica
COME RAIN OR COME SHINE by Karon, Jan
THE DROWNING by Lackberg, Camilla
THE PHOTOGRAPH by Lewis, Beverly
THE COMPANY SHE KEPT by Mayor, Archer
CHRISTMAS IN MUSTANG CREEK by Miller, Linda Lael
A KNIGHTS BRIDGE CHRISTMAS by Neggers, Carla
THE MURDER HOUSE by Patterson, James/ Ellis, David
CORRIDORS OF THE NIGHT by Perry, Anne
DEVOTED IN DEATH by Robb, J. D.
TWO YEARS EIGHT MONTHS AND TWENTY-EIGHT NIGHTS by Rushdie, Salman
ARCHMAGE by Salvatore, R. A.
PRETTY GIRLS by Slaughter, Karin
UNDERCOVER by Steel, Danielle
THE DESERT AND THE BLADE by Stirling, S. M.
WILLOW BROOK ROAD by Woods, Sherryl
The Denton Public Library recently acquired 11 issues of the “Hilltop Happenings” a newsletter that was published for the employees of Flow Memorial Hospital. The newsletters have been digitized and are available on UNT’s Portal to Texas History.
The articles in the “Hilltop Happenings” offer an inside look at the hospital’s day-to-day operations and provide a glimpse of the employee’s personal lives. Changes or new hospital services, staff introductions, volunteer activities, and community events are all featured in the newsletters. Flow Memorial Hospital opened in 1950 and it served as a joint non-profit city-county hospital until it closed in 1988.
During the 38 years the hospital was open, as you can imagine, it played an important role for the community. Many Dentonites were born there, worked there, or have memories of major life events that happened in the hospital. For my family, at one time four of my family members worked at Flow hospital. Take a look at the newsletters, you just may see a familiar face or two. (That little bundle of joy in the picture to the right is me.)
Emily Fowler Central Library
Mt. Everest is the world’s highest peak at 29,029 feet above sea level.
I love adventure, but some adventures I prefer to have second-hand by reading about them. I recently finished a fascinating, yet horrifying book by Jon Krakauer entitled Into Thin Air. Krakauer’s book is his personal account of the events that took place during the 1996 ascent of Mt. Everest that led to the deaths of 8 climbers.
In his book, Krakauer explains how a seemingly sudden storm prevented these climbers from making a safe descent to their camps. The climbers’ visibility was dangerously limited and the blizzard left them exposed to severe winds, cold and frostbite. In addition, oxygen levels at high altitudes are quite low. To make up for this, the climbers carried small oxygen canisters with them to supplement their breathing. But the climbers did not have enough oxygen with them to get them through the long storm.
Climbing at high altitudes where there are lower oxygen levels puts climbers at risk for multiple problems. Climbers who are not getting enough oxygen can develop hypoxia, also known as altitude sickness, that can lead to the lungs or the brain filling with fluid. If the afflicted individuals do not descend to lower altitudes within a timely manner, death is most likely imminent.
So while I think I will skip climbing Everest, I will continue to have high altitude adventures from time to time from the safety of 675 feet above sea level, right here in Denton, TX.
Jon Krakauer’s book is being made into a movie called Everest, due out in theaters September 18 2015. Read about it here:
Read it before you see it – Click on the image below to see our library system’s availability:
Climbers on Everest.
Emily Fowler Central Library
The following movies have just been added to our catalog. Put them on hold today!
Today is the day that Windows 10 will be installed on the computers of those who signed up for the upgrade and are at the front of the queue. If you didn’t know, anyone currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8 can get a free upgrade to Windows 10. You can find more information about how to do that here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-upgrade
Of course there are other operating systems out there that shouldn’t be forgotten. If you’re an Apple user you will be familiar with OS X and iOS. You may also be sitting back thinking it’s funny that a free OS upgrade is such a big deal since you’ve been getting those for a while now.
But there’s another operating system out there that doesn’t get much attention from the average person. Chances are good that you’ve either not heard of it, or have heard of it in passing but don’t know much about it. Believe it or not, we’re actually surrounded by Linux systems. The Android operating system used on so many mobile devices is based on Linux. Also, if you look at the operating systems used by Internet servers and supercomputers, the vast majority run on Linux or other Unix-like operating systems. Check out the numbers here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operating_systems
Linux was created by a worldwide community of programmers. There are those who don’t think that an operating system created by a nebulous group of people could possibly be any good, but those numbers from before would tend to indicate otherwise. But don’t take my word for it. Why not check it out for yourself sometime? It’s freely available to download and many of the programs written for Linux are free as well.
So on this, the day when the first people will be getting their shiny new copies of Windows 10, I encourage you to learn more about your OS of choice and some about the alternatives. You never know, you may end up with a new favorite.