Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, December 2, 2017

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 2, 2017 
Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 2, 2017 
Jeff’s Book PicsBy Jeff Brown FAMILY MATTERS By Marc Garlett 

acts of kindness to doing what’s right,A Tablespoon of Love, A 

this book shows how positive attitudesTablespoon of Laughter:

and good deeds can change the world.Cookies & Casseroles, Prayers

This book shines a bright light on the& Praises, Soups & Stories, & Joy

widespread goodwill in our world 
A Tablespoon of Love, A Tablespoon of

... All the Way by Deanne Davis 

as everyday heroes demonstrate 
Laughter is a collection of short stories,

acts of kindness, compassion andfavorite recipes, psalms, prayers and a

commitment to others. The stories in 
dash of humor. Oh dear friends, what 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Randomis a book without humor! Tablespoon

Acts of Kindness will uplift you,
will make you smile, with every turn of

inspire you, and brighten your day. 
the page, and frequently cause you tolaugh right out loud. Enjoy our family

Boy’s Life Mass Market by

Robert McCammon pictures which will remind you, in the

In me are the memories of a boy’s life, 
maybe the family you plan to have. This

gentlest way, of your own family; or

spent in that realm of enchantments. 
is one woman’s journey through many

These are the things I want to tell 
wonderful years with the same sweet

you.... Robert McCammon delivers 
man, and the children who grew up

“a tour de force of storytelling” 
and had children of their own; proving

(BookPage) in his award-winning 
that the parents’ curse does work and

masterpiece, a novel of Southern 
nothing is funnier than watching your

boyhood, growing up in the 
children produce children that are 

1960s, that reaches far beyond that 
just like them! Each of the recipes in

evocative landscape to touch readers 
Tablespoon is a favorite and, hopefully,

universally. Boy’s Life is a richly 
will become one of your favorites too.

imagined, spellbinding portrait of 
But, like the book says: “This is not

the magical worldview of the young 
really a cookbook, or maybe it’s not

-- and of innocence lost. Zephyr, 
merely a cookbook. It’s a lot about life

Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for 
too. Life really is like a potluck supper.

eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson -- a 
The best part is what others bring to

place where monsters swim the river 
the table.” And I always like to bring a

deep and friends are forever. Then, 
Tablespoon of Love and a Tablespoon

one cold spring morning, Cory and 
of Laughter. Bon Appétit! By the way

his father witness a car plunge into a 
the author lives in Sierra Madre! 

lake -- and a desperate rescue attempt 
brings his father face-to-face with 
a terrible, haunting vision of death. 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: 

As Cory struggles to understand Random Acts of Kindness: 101 

his father’s pain, his eyes are slowly Stories of Compassion and 

opened to the forces of good and evil Paying It Forward by Amy 

that surround him. From an ancient 
Small gestures can make a big


mystic who can hear the dead and 
difference in someone’s day, evenbewitch the living, to a violent clan 
someone’s life. This collection of 101 uplifting,of moonshiners, Cory must confront the secrets 
true stories will help you see the beauty in small,that hide in the shadows of his hometown -- for 
meaningful gestures and how such acts can makehis father’s sanity and his own life hang in the 
a difference in someone else’s life. From random balance.One of my favorite books! 

All Things By Jeff Brown 


If you’re a hard-working lady, you probablyagricultural communities over almost 6,000already suspected what scientists have confirmedyears, says lead author Alison Macintosh, antoday: prehistoric women worked their butts off.anthropologist at Cambridge University. “Now weThe bones of 94 women who lived in farmingcan kind of see, actually there’s these thousandscommunities in Central Europe from 5300 BCEof years of rigorous manual labor that had beento around 850 AD reveal that prehistoric womencompletely underestimated,” she tells The Verge.
had stronger arms than living women, including“It’s really important to be able to understandsemi-elite female rowers. That’s likely becausethe contribution of women.”The study has somethese farming women from the past workedlimitations: the researchers couldn’t take into 
incredibly hard — tilling soil, harvesting, andaccount genetic factors, for instance, which cangrinding grain by hand. And they probablyinfluence whether a person has stronger bonesstarted at a very young age, according to athan another. All the women in the study werestudy published today in Science Advances.also from Cambridge, so results could be differentThe findings show that prehistoric ladies didn’tfor women living elsewhere. Still, it’s an “excellentleave the physical labor to the men. In fact, theystudy,” that finally confirms what scientists havetoiled long hours and were a key “driving force”long suspected: that prehistoric women were hardbehind the social and cultural development of workers — and we all have to thank them for that. 


Sierra Madre Playhouse continues its series ofand a young girl who works in the cafe also getsfree monthly staged readings of American playsher first taste of romance. 
on December 11 at 7:30 p.m. with Bus Stop byWilliam Inge is the playwright. His otherWilliam Inge, directed by Barbara include Picnic (Pulitzer Prize winner) , The

In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a busDark at the Top of the Stairs, Come Back Little 
out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadsideSheba, A Loss of Roses, Where’s Daddy?, Naturaldiner. All roads are blocked, and four or five wearyAffection, Summer Brave. 
travelers are going to have to hole up until morning.Barbara Schofield directs. She returns to Sierra 
Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse in a sparkling gownMadre Playhouse, where she has previouslyand a seedy fur-trimmed jacket, is the passengerserved as a resident director and board member. 
with most to worry about. She’s been pursued,She has also directed locally at Open Fistmade love to and finally kidnapped by a twenty-Theatre Company, and in New York, Boston andone-year-old cowboy with a ranch of his own andKansas City, for a broad range of classical andthe romantic methods of an unusually headstrongcontemporary works.
bull. The belligerent cowhand is right behind her,“Mr. Inge has put together an uproariousready to sling her over his shoulder and carrycomedy that never strays from the truth.”---Newher, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana.York Times 
Even as she’s ducking out from under his clumsybut confident embraces, and screeching at himMonday, December 11, 2017 at 7:30 P.M. At 
fiercely to shut him up, she pauses to furrow herSierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre 
forehead and muse, “Somehow deep inside of meBlvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. This is just east ofI got a funny feeling I’m gonna end up in MontanaPasadena. There is ample free parking behind the…” As a counterpoint to the main romance, thePlayhouse. Admission: Free. Donations accepted.
proprietor of the cafe and the bus driver at lastReservations are not necessary. Phone: (626) 355find 
time to develop a friendship of their own; a4318. Website:
middle-age scholar comes to terms with himself; free-reading-series.php 

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The latest on Business News, Trends and 

Business owners, you still have time to sow seedsday. It may be a “free” item, or included with a purchase.

of generosity to customers and the community thisExamples: A coffee shop offers a different tasting of tea,

holiday season. After all, “it’s the thought that counts,” free or with the purchase of a pastry. A restaurant offers 

and if you’ll give it some thought, your expression ofa free mini-portion appetizer with each bar purchase.

generosity doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to makeA few extra bucks to spare? Host a holiday open

an impression that may translate into more sales in thehouse, which will serve the purpose of thanking your

upcoming year. Short on funds or have no budget tocustomers, but will also give them another reason to

do something nice? Think again. Here are a number visit your establishment. Apple cider, cookies, fruit

of recommendations to fit budgets (and non-budgets)tray or a more elaborate spread of refreshments or hors’

of all sizes: dourves will add liveliness to any gathering. Your open

No budget? For businesses with physical locations,house can be scheduled as a time-limited gathering onit begins with a few decorations to tap into the holidaya specific day or evening, or you may decide to host 
theme that your customers are enjoying at othera weeklong open house that offers refreshments to 
establishments. Hopefully you have some ornaments,everyone who visits during certain hours. The purposetinsel or lights to add a festive accent to your store. If is to give you or your staff an opportunity to greet andnot, take a stroll to local parks and collect fallen pineconnect with everyone who walks through your doors.
cones and sprigs from trees to create a basket. Find red There are recommendations for home-based 
and green cloths or scarves to use as a table cover andentrepreneurs or those who perform work at theiras a sash to tie around the basket or container. Have clients’ places of business as well. No budget? Make 
someone with nice penmanship to write a “Happya personal phone call to thank each customer for 
Holidays from (Your Company Name)” or prepare andbusiness during the year, then follow-up with anprint one from your computer. Place this sign on, or animated e-mail holiday greeting. If possible, invest innear your display.a box of greeting cards to send the old-fashioned way,

See if you have any inventory items that you have notor deliver in person, with a candy cane or other sweetbeen able to sell, and that you may have thought abouttreat attached with a ribbon. Small budget? Purchase a 
discarding. Wrap each item in packing paper and tiebottle of sparkling apple cider and invest in an attractivea ribbon around it, or attach a colorful card or small wine gift bag available at your local “99¢” or “Dollar” 
decoration to each package. You may want to use see-store and make your rounds in person or have the itemsthru wrapping to allow customers to select particulardelivered. Extra cash to spare? Hopefully you haveitems. If you don’t have room for a small Christmas tree,gleaned some information about the personal tastes orcreate a “gift area” and direct each person visiting yourhobbies of your clients, so it’s time to look at how muchstore to select a gift. You may wish to have a differentyou plan to spend and make your shopping list. Be sure 
selection of gifts as an extra thank you for customersto include a greeting card with a personal note from 
who make These gifts can be mailed in advance or delivered

Place a small basket filled with small wrapped candiesin person.
or small gifts, on the sales counter or small table. Punch The celebratory nature of the holiday season presents 
a small hole through your business cards, lace a smallopportunities to connect and strengthen relationships 
piece of ribbon through each one and tie it to yourwith existing customers and to provide an introduction 
holiday take-away. Customers are more likely to keepto potential customers. So get into the holiday spirit 
your business card, as opposed to a paper tag or flyer.with a little generosity toward your customers, you 

Small budget? A “12 Days of Christmas” thememay find these small gestures as the “gift that will keep 

can be used to countdown your final sales day up toDecember 25th. Offer a different small gift or treat each 
on giving” to your success throughout the following 
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