Crucial Conversations

The title of Roz Chast’s book and our One Book selection, Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?, says it all. The topic of the end of our lives is naturally uncomfortable. Not only is it complicated and time consuming, to the point where it necessitates professionals–Roz consults a few for these affairs herself–it is […]

Wrinkles featured as next One Book Movie

You won’t want to miss Sunday’s One Book Movie, Wrinkles, at the Central Library at 1:30 pm. This animated feature film for an adult audience is based on a graphic novel, an illustrated work, by Paco Roca. A lot of emphasis has been given, in our selection and programs, to the caregivers, especially adult children […]

Art as Healing

Our One Book program this evening, Art and Journaling to Heal the Heart, will cover a powerful method that assists people recovering from grief. Art therapy clients “use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior…reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.” (From the American […]

Lessons on Longevity

Our last One Book panel discussed the ways people can nurture their Body, Brain, and Well-Being. Panelists shared the importance of activities including volunteering, exercise, strategic games, and staying in touch with a health care provider. The importance of friends and social activity was highlighted throughout the night.   Many benefits of maintaining a social […]

Cartooning Documentaries this Sunday

You might have noticed by now that our One Book choice, Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast is not like any previous selection. Our Movie Series Sunday is shaking up it’s format also. Join us on Sunday the 1st at 1:30pm at the Central Library to look deeper into the lives […]

The Long Haul: Learn about Longevity

In Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?, she portrays her parents dying, yes, but also their aging process. Her story depicts the move out of their home of several decades and into care facilities, as they relinquish control and responsibilities, and as their attention and memory begin to fail them. Certainly an […]

We’re Off to a Great Start!

Thanks to our presenters, facilitator, and participants One Book, One Mesa County 2015 had a strong start Thursday night with “Understanding the Family You Have.” Introductions and conversation addressed our culture in which we often find discussing aging and death difficult. Though single children have the burden of facing it alone, sometimes carrying out decisions […]

One Book Movie Series

The One Book Movie Series kicks off on Sunday at the Central Library at 1:30. The series explores the theme of Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? through film. The Straight Story, a 1999 David Lynch film, portrays a true story of an elderly man making a long overdue journey to visit a brother […]

Can’t Live With ‘Em, Can’t Live Without ‘Em

In Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, she illustrates and narrates her parents’ latter years. In doing so, Roz describes her lifelong challenging relationship with her disciplinarian mother, with whom she rarely felt affection, and her father, who had grown accustomed to her mother’s demanding ways. So many of us, while dealing […]