We had one of our relatives downsize a lifetimes worth of reading. We had to sadly let boxes and boxes of books be donated simply for the lack of space in our home. We did take a small sampling of books. I’ve been going through some of them. I’ve updated Openlibrary.org where needed. Here’s what I’ve been reading

You can always improve your productivity.  The reason I like this author is that he does not make a distinction between personal tasks and work tasks. David Allen’s philosophy is that everything should have the same approach. There is also advice on how to feel fine about what you’re NOT doing, something I suffer from.

This is a wonderful book on biology written for the non-scientist or “nature lover”. I found out that this book is on the Internet Archives Wish List. I’m going to donate it if the shipping cost is not too much.

Stephan Leacock was a great humorist for me. I got a laugh from his collected works. By reading this biography, I learned that his humor writing was a sideline of his career. An interesting figure in Canadian history

This storybook was stress relieving. Life in the countryside. Rural farmland once upon a time was in balance with nature and not controlling it. The stories told of wildlife, farm life, housework and social life around the 1930’s of southern Ontario.

When I arrived back in the office, I fired up WordPress and did some updates.  One Plugin, OpenBook Book Data, had a new update.  I was glad to see the code had been revived since I’m a big fan of the Open Data, books, and WordPress.  This plugin combines all three!  The update didn’t work as planned, but I’ve got it working and let the developer know of the issues, along with my workaround.

I didn’t finish every book I bought over the summer. I found a lot of good books.  Some were free, most were damn cheap!  They all get added to the Undiscovered Library in my basement.  Except for one, which is a gift.

Building miniature houses and furniture Building miniature houses and furnitureDorie Krusz; Arco Publishing Inc. 1980WorldCatLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder I bought this book for friend.  She is an avid doll house maker.  I picked this book up and a used book sale east of Algonquin Park.  There are many drawings and illustrations.  The book is in black and white only.

Scams, scandals, and skulduggery Scams, scandals, and skulduggery: a selection of the world’s most outrageous fraudsAndreas Schroeder; M & S 1996WorldCatLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder this book I actually found that a waste transfer site on the west side of Algonquin Park.  There was a little shed which had a book exchange and free items to take.  There are many stories in the book of scammers, one of which was the guy in the movie “Catch Me If You Can”.  I was surprised to find out how much of that movie was actually real and accurate.  The book was written by a member of the CBC broadcast corporation.  There was a radio show under the same name and the stories in the book were the best-of and most highly requested stories of the radio show.

Fine Woodworking Techniques Book 1 Fine Woodworking Techniques Book 1Editors of Fine Woodworking Magazine; Taunton Pr 1981WorldCatLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder 

This is an old book, which has been updated in a new edition.  I picked it up at a large book sale in Eganville, Ontario. I still love these older technical books .  I have the magazines in electronic format and the chapters are taken from the magazine.

The Demographic Cliff The Demographic Cliff: How to survive and prosper during the great deflation ahedHarry S. Dent Jr.; Portfolio/Penguin 2015WorldCatLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder 

Very interesting read!  Again, the author has updated this book with newer editions but the main points remain the same.  I found this book at the Huntsville public library.


Fresh woods. Fresh woods.Niall, Ian.; William Heinemann 1951WorldCatLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder 

One book I was reading when I left, which was signed by R. L. Hepburn.  Basically a book about a kid living in Scotland that is a naturalist.

I found Open Book Publishers.
They allow some of their books to be viewed in other websites, so I thought I’d try it out. This title is a dry read but the title caught my eye.

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I thought I’d do my part for a friend who is putting together a lecture for the benefit of anyone interested in law, first nations studies, and Alberta Heritage.

Ruth Gorman is the person-of-interest in this lecture.  A book about her work with First Nations has been published:

Behind the Man: John Laurie, Ruth Gorman, and the Indian Vote in Canada
About the Author

Dr. Ruth Gorman, O.C., B.A., LL.B (1914-2002) was a proud lifelong Calgarian. She enjoyed being the editor and publisher of the magazine My Golden West. Throughout her professional life, Dr. Gorman willingly provided volunteer services for Aboriginal issues, the disabled, and others in need. She was honoured with the title of Queen Mother of the Cree and Princess of the Stoney Indian Tribe of Alberta.
Frits Pannekoek is the president of Athabasca University. He has published extensively in the areas of western Canadian, Aboriginal, and Métis history, as well as information and communications studies.

There is a lecture going on at the Royal Alberta Museum. Free and open to the public, the event is targeting law students who are focusing on native issues. Most of the land claims and socioeconomic issues surrounding Canada’s first people are hinged on the laws we create in Canada. Hopefully this lecture will educate me and anyone else who attends. I hope you’ll join me.

Did I say it’s free?

Ruth Gorman Lecture at Royal Alberta Museum Sept 20, 2014
Ruth Gorman Lecture at Royal Alberta Museum Sept 20, 2014

The Book Listing from Open Library

Tweets from Royal Alberta Museum