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Mindfulness meditation in books

Posted: February 23rd, 2018 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, La Mesa Reads | No Comments

We’ve all heard about the benefits of mindfulness meditation, but how many of us have sat down and committed to it? For many years, I was convinced I didn’t need to meditate – I only honked my horn 50 percent of the times I was cut off on the freeway, and thought five minutes of lying down at the end of yoga class was probably enough relaxation time in my busy life.

‘Stranger Things’ inspires stranger reads

Posted: November 24th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, La Mesa Reads | No Comments

By Jake Sexton

For the past few months, it seems like I couldn’t go anywhere without seeing ads, costumes or clever references for the popular Netflix TV show “Stranger Things.”

For those who haven’t seen it, the series is a nostalgia-heavy story of adventure, sci-fi monsters, and coming of age in a small town. Set in the 1980s, a group of pre-teen boys are spurred to action when their friend goes missing and the local police seem unable to help.

Books that transport you

By Heather Pisani-Kristl | La Mesa Reads

I often joke that the library performs miracles, evidenced by the constant supply of forgotten canes and walking sticks in our lost-and-found department.

The library doesn’t actually make readers stride unaided into the next chapter of their lives, but we do provide such funny and absorbing books that customers often forget the troubles they arrived with. Below are some titles that will transport you to another time, place, and life.

Connecting with the people of North Korea

Posted: August 25th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, La Mesa Reads | No Comments

By Heather Pisani-Kristl | La Mesa Reads

This summer, it’s been impossible to avoid media coverage of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and his country’s nuclear capability. We read far more about the 33-year-old Kim — characterized in the news as an unstable, unseasoned dictator spoiled by a life of privilege — than we read about the people who live under him.

Because several generations have passed since the Kim family took power, there are few North Koreans who remember life before dictatorship. The majority of North Korean citizens were born into an all-encompassing public fealty to a godlike ruler, having no perspective to challenge this. What are their hopes and motivations?