Veterans Day, NaNoWriMo, and Arts & Health Month.

Can you identify the common thread?

Well, they’re all officially honored in November…but perhaps you Googled it and figured that out already.

A form of art that may benefit your health is expressive writing...so now the connection between Arts & Health and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is starting to make sense.

I think we’re getting somewhere!

The last thread that may not immediately spring to mind is the potential benefit of expressive writing for our veterans.  The Veterans Writing Project believes that the act of writing can be not only literary but also social and therapeutic.  Our display also includes memoirs and perspectives exploring veterans issues more broadly.

Here is a sampling of what we have.  Stop by and take a look!

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In honor of Veterans Day (November 11, 2014):

vet to vet 

Learn more from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans History Project.

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If you’ve always wanted to write a novel, you might like:

Also check out the official NaNoWriMo website.

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If art and creative therapy is your interest, check out:

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Keep going!  Browse our online journal and ebook collections:

On veterans

On art therapy

On writing

We have lots to celebrate this month in the library, not the least of which are National Poetry Month and Earth Day.  We’ve combined these themes with our Nature & Poetry book display.  Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson might jump to mind but there are so many others – explore these and more on the library’s upper level.


Whisper

Today the white mist that is weather
is mixed with the sallow tint
of the mist that is smog.
And from it, through it, breathes
a vast whisper:
the mountain.

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A slash of Blue –
A sweep of Gray –
Some scarlet patches on the way,
Compose an Evening Sky –
A little purple – slipped between –
Some Ruby Trousers hurried on –
A Wave of Gold –
A Bank of Day –
This just makes out the Morning Sky.

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from A Noiseless Patient Spider

And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them,
Till the bridge you will need be form’d, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.

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from A Knowledge of Water

This desert was once an ocean teeming with fish.  I sit on the edge of its memory feeling the power of the sum.

The faded trail I follow is the way to the next water hold, not the shortest distance between two points.

Knowledge of water, not a compass, is what one needs in this desert.

Some fish found in the brackish water of these puddles dropped from the sky.

 

With the semester approaching its end, transitions abound, deadlines near, and tensions can rise. Prepare for those inevitable tough moments by building strategies to manage stress in your daily life.  Our stress awareness book display offers a variety of techniques to try on for size.

Yoga and Meditation

Relaxing the body and mind, bringing your attention to one thing at a time, and putting aside external stimulants for just a few moments a day are widely recognized ways to greatly reduce stress and improve overall health.  Explore these topics further:

 

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Affirmations

The Stress Survival Kit for College Students is packed with affirmations that you can practice, such as:

I am confident

I expect only the best outcomes

I am healthy, happy and balanced

Every day in every way I become more successful

Humor and Laughter

Learn how good humor and a hearty belly laugh can reduce stress and rejuvenate the spirit.  Or skip to the punch line and pick up one of these entertaining reads from our book display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do you de-stress?

Up next we will highlight books being featured in the popular media. If you hear an interview on the radio, see an author visiting morning television, or read a book review for a title that would make a useful or interesting addition to the library’s collections, please let us know!