Saturday, March 9th is National Panic Day. It makes me anxious to even think about it. There’s so much to panic about. (I know that I have my list. ) The purpose of Panic Day is to give us a gentle nudge to slow down. Breathe. Take a walk. De-stress.
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If you could use a little something to help you calm down, here’s some suggestions from the library.
A Woman’s Book of Courage: Meditations for Empowerment & Peace of Mind by Sue Patton Thoele. Sue is now retired, but she used to be a psychotherapist, hospice chaplain and bereavement group leader. She is the author of many books, including The Courage To Be Yourself, The Woman’s Book of Soul, Growing Hope, Freedoms After 50, and The Woman’s Book of Courage. Even her website is calming.
At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon. This is the first book of the Mitford series. It’s easy to feel at home in Mitford, North Carolina. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are friendly. A warm comedy about ordinary people.
Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy. With warmth, humor, and compassion Maeve Binchy tells a story of doctors and staff, patients, family, and friends at a heart clinic in a community caught between the old Ireland and the new.
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. If you’ve never discovered Dr. Herriot, you owe it to yourself to read his heartwarming tales about his life as a veterinarian in the Yorkshire Dales. This is the first book in a series of four.
Want to de-stress in front of the TV? I completely understand. Try one of these.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding – Love among the Greeks, with a non-Greek. Funny and sweet.
Mr. Bean’s Holiday – Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) takes a holiday, clueless and hilarious.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – A love story/comedy about a fabulously wealthy sheik who wants to go fly-fishing in the desert.
My Family and Other Animals – When the dreary English weather of 1935 gets to be too much for the eccentric Durrell family, they set off for the rustic, sun-drenched Greek island of Corfu. Based on the memoir of Gerald Durrell, this funny Masterpiece Classic will surprise you.
The Iron Giant – This is an animated movie for all of us, not just kids. Hogarth, a young boy who lives in the Maine woods during the cold war, befriends a giant robot. As with E.T., the iron giant is a misunderstood outsider who becomes a child’s best friend. Soon the suspicions of neighbors and a government agent spell trouble.