Thursday, January 22, 2009

An Interesting Website

I came across 'Simple Living' several years ago and have enjoyed the email newsletters ever since. I honestly believe that we need to change some of our ways and find lots of good ideas on this website. You are welcome to check it out (, and if you are interested, you can sign up for their free newsletter.

What Is Simple Living?

Simple living — aka voluntary simplicity — has just about as many definitions as there are individuals who practice it. Simple living is not about living in poverty or self-inflicted deprivation. Rather, it is about living an examined life — one in which you have determined what is important, or "enough," for you, discarding the rest.

"Living in a way that is outwardly
simple and inwardly rich."
— Duane Elgin

There are many "flavors" of simplicity.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Come Join Us . . .

January Events

January 13th at 2:30-3:30 or 7-7:45 – Rumney Knitting Group.
Join experienced and beginner knitters alike for a session of conversation and shared interests. Bring your current project.
Come in the afternoon or early evening – whichever works best for you!
All ages are welcome.

January 20th at 2:30-3:30 or 7-7:45 – Rumney Genealogists
Are you interested in getting your family tree in order?
We will explore various ways for doing this as well as how to research on the internet using Ancestry.Com
We are offering two sessions so come at your convenience.

January 27th at 2:30-3:30 or 7-7:45 – Rumney Rudolph Club
Do you find Christmas sneaking up on you each year? Join the Rudolph Club and start planning now! Stop by and find out what this is all about.
You are welcome to join us in the afternoon or evening.

A Delightful Story

How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.

Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility, (for a cat) and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.

As his fame grew from town to town, then state to state, and finally, amazingly, worldwide, Dewey became more than just a friend; he became a source of pride for an extraordinary Heartland farming town pulling its way slowly back from the greatest crisis in its long history.