Category Archives: From the Library – A Weekly Column

Eating Outside of the Box – by Diane Phillips

Read Diane Phillips’ column in the December 20, 2013 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

As fall turns into winter and the crisp, bright days turn cold and grow shorter, many people find comfort and joy in the holidays by embracing traditions in their celebrations as well as in the food they share with their families.  I’m inclined to want to do the exact opposite.  For some reason, I think of this season as a time to break away from tradition and to try new things.  Not everyone is comfortable with this line of thinking, as I’m finding out, when I try to introduce such an idea to my family, particularly in the area of holiday meals.

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The Best of Staff Reading 2013 – by Charlotte Canelli

Read Charlotte Canelli’s column in the December 13, 2013 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

At the close of each year, the media seems to report on the very best of everything every opportunity they get: 100 best books, 50 best movies, 25 significant events.
This week, the New York Times published their 100 Notable Books of 2013. The same day, National Public Radio announced their Book Concierge – or Your Guide to 2013’s Great Reads (an interactive online tool to finding the best book out of more than 200). Huffington Post, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Entertainment Weekly have their own lists as 2013 nears to a close.
In fact, lists seem to dominate the Internet these days. Indie Wire, Rotten Tomatoes and Film.com all have lists of the top 10, 20, and 100 films of the year. Billboard has the top 100 hits and Apple lists their top 100 music downloads.
In this week’s column, I will simply share with you a few of the 20 Best Reads of the staff here at the Morrill Memorial Library. (more…)

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Grandparenting: Sprinkling a Little Stardust

Read Charlotte Canelli’s column in the December 6, 2013 edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

As a young child, I was blessed to have two grandmothers in my life. Although we moved to another coast when I was the tender age of six, my grandmothers’ unconditional love followed me across the country.

My parents were divorced and I lived with my mother, so it was my maternal grandmother – my Nana – who had the most influence on my life. My family was not wealthy and in the 1960s phone calls were costly and air travel prohibitively expensive. Yet, I delighted in reading Nana’s frequent and newsy letters. I cherished Nana’s holiday phone calls and treasured her simple, yet heartfelt, Christmas gifts. Our visits were infrequent but immeasurably memorable. As a fifteen-year old, I sobbed inconsolably when she departed our home and crossed the country to her home in New England after a three-month visit with us. (more…)

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A Picture Book Holiday – by Charlotte Canelli

Read Charlotte Canelli’s column in the November 29th edition of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.

In the summer of 2012, the Canelli family moved into a lovely 1870 home in Norwood. It is an interesting house with a magical mixture of eclectic modernism and Victorian embellishment. A long brick walkway leads from the sidewalk to wooden French doors and twin front porches and gingerbread trim add to its charm. Warm Christmas tree light twinkles softly onto the snowy front lawn. The side porch is roomy enough for an extra Christmas tree to greet holiday guests. It certainly conjures visions of sugarplums with white icing trim and at the time we bought it we felt that it was a perfect Christmas house. (more…)

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