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San Francisco: A Food Biography

sanfranciscoSan Francisco is a relatively young city with a well-deserved reputation as a food destination, situated near lush farmland and a busy port. San Francisco’s famous restaurant scene has been the subject of books, but the full complexity of the city’s culinary history is revealed here for the first time. This food biography presents the story of how food traveled from farms to markets, from markets to kitchens, and from kitchens to tables, focusing on how people experienced the bounty of the City by the Bay.”

Erica J. Peters is the author of Appetites and Aspirations in Vietnam. Food and Drink in the Long Nineteenth Century (2011).she lives in the Bay Area and is director and cofounder of the Culinary Historians of Northern California.

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Write Your Story @ the Union City Library

Join our senior library member Bruce Haase

and write your memoir. Bruce is life long reader, he noeiffel_tower_bluew writes memoir-based, creative non-fiction.

These are  informal meetings ,

to support each other and organize your thoughts

for writing. Sharing is optional.

 Meetings take place

The Third Tuesday of the month

July 15, August 19,

and September 16

1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

Please  bring pen & paper

For more information contact Bruce Hasse

Email:  ohnjca@comcast.net

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Salaam Love & Love InshAllah

These books explore the journeys of these individuals trying to walk the line between cultural norms and personal choices as they navigate through dual identities, generational gaps, coming of age, racism  and self-actualization.

Each story magnifies the life of these young people and through them , magnifies the community psyche.

“Muslim men are stereotyped as either oversexed Casanovas willing to die for seventy-two virgins in heaven or controlling, big-bearded husbands ready to rampage at the hint of dishonor. The truth is, there are millions of Muslim men trying to figure out the complicated terrain of love, sex, and relationships just like any other American man.In Salaam, Love, Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi provide a space for American Muslim men to speak o
penly about their romantic lives, offering frank, funny, and insightful glimpses into their hearts—and bedrooms. The twenty-two writers come from a broad spectrum of ethnic, racial, and religious perspectives—including orthodox, cultural, and secular Muslims—reflecting the strength and diversity of their faith community and of America.By raising their voices to share stories of love and heartbreak, loyalty and betrayal, intimacy and insecurity, these Muslim men are leading the way for all men to recognize that being open and honest about their feelings is not only okay—it’s intimately connected to their lives and critical to their happiness and well-being.’

Love InshAllah “These heartfelt tales are filled with passion and hope,loss and longing. One follows the quintessential single woman in the big city as she takes a chance on a Muslim speed-dating event. Another tells of a shy student from a liberal college town who falls in love online and must reveal her secret to her conservative family. A third recounts a Southern girl who surprises herself by agreeing to an arranged marriage, unexpectedly finding the love of her life.These compelling stories of love and romance create an irresistible balance of heart-warming and tantalizing, always revealing and deeply relevant.”

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Kindergarten Registration in Union City – already?!?

This information is from the New Haven Unified School District website:

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION/IMMUNIZATIONS
Parents of children old enough to start kindergarten who have not yet enrolled are urged to begin the process immediately. Enrollment packets can be picked up at the Centralized Enrollment Center, adjacent to the Educational Services Center at 34200 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City.

Children born between Oct. 2, 2008, and Sept. 1, 2009, are eligible to attend traditional kindergarten in 2014-15, and children born between Sept. 2, 2009, and Dec. 2, 2009, are eligible for transitional kindergarten. More information is available by calling 476-2625.

For parents of children starting kindergarten in the fall also should be aware of the Tiburcio Vásquez Health Center’s summer vaccine clinic at the Logan High Health Center. The clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 9, 16, 23 and 30 and Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27. In addition, free dental screenings will be available from 10 a.m. to noon at the Aug. 13 clinic.

Parents should bring their child’s immunization (yellow) card and picture identification. For more information or to make an appointment, call 471-2520, ext. 60174 or 690-6044.

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Talking into the Ear of a Donkey : Poems

“[Robert Bly] is . . . the most recent in a line of great American transcendentalist writers.”—The New York Times

With poems ranging from the ghazal form to free verse, Talking into the Ear of a Donkey is Robert Bly’s richest and most varied collection. In the title poem, Bly addresses the “donkey”—possibly poetry itself—that has carried him through a writing life of more than six decades.

from “Talking into the Ear of a Donkey”
“What has happened to the spring,”
I cry, “and our legs that were so joyful
In the bobblings of April?” “Oh, never mind
About all that,” the donkey
Says. “Just take hold of my mane, so you
Can lift your lips closer to my hairy ears.”

 


Robert Bly is a professional writer who makes more than $600,000 per year from his writing. Now, he’s ready to share his secrets. 88 Money-Making Writing Jobs presents the best outlets writers can find to turn their words into profit (including many that few people think to seek out).

  • Along with an overview of each job, you’ll discover:
  • A breakdown of what it typically pays
  • The nuts and bolts of what you’ll write
  • What it takes to work in the field
  • How to get started
  • Resources for finding the work

For anyone serious about a career as a writer, this guide offers the best information on how to make incredible money in ways that are fun, challenging, and make the most of your writing talents.

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June 6

Today is June 6. Read about what happened this date in history

 

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The Secret Language of Color

In this beautiful and thorough investigation, The Secret Language of Color celebrates and illuminates the countless ways in which color colors our world.

Why is the sky blue, the grass green, a rose red? Most of us have no idea how to answer these questions, nor are we aware that color pervades nearly all aspects of life, from the subatomic realm and the natural world to human culture and psychology.

 

Organized into chapters that begin with a fascinating explanation of the physics and chemistry of color, The Secret Language of Color travels from outer space to Earth, from plants to animals to humans. In these chapters we learn about how and why we see color, the nature of rainbows, animals with color vision far superior and far inferior to our own, how our language influences the colors we see, and much more. Between these chapters, authors Joann Eckstut and Ariele Eckstut turn their attention to the individual hues of the visible spectrum—red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet—presenting each in fascinating, in-depth detail.

 

Including hundreds of stunning photographs and dozens of informative, often entertaining graphics, every page is a breathtaking demonstration of color and its role in the world around us. Whether you see red, are a shrinking violet, or talk a blue streak, this is the perfect book for anyone interested in the history, science, culture, and beatuty of color in the natural and man-made world.

 

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