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Recent conversations with the teenagers that visit Teen’Scape revolved around the history of words. They asked seemingly silly yet serious questions about why words needed to be spelled correctly, why there are so many words that mean the same thing, and why we had to study vocabulary words for college entrance exams, such as the SAT.

The magnificent stairs at the Flower Street entrance of the Central Library have had several lives.   Originally designed by the library’s architect, Bertram Goodhue in 1926, they were plain steps between three pools of plants and cool water. In 1968, after repeated requests by library employees, they were razed, along with the rest of the gardens, to build a parking lot.  Fortunately for the library and all its patrons, the addition of the Tom Bradley Wing in 1993 afforded the opportunity to create underground parking, and resurrect the historic garden.

My grandmother was born June Eileen Lavonne Nystrom and her husband called her Patty. I know this because my mom told me, and my mom knows this because her mom told her. However, when I first went searching for my grandmother in Census records, nowhere could I find someone who went by the name “June Eileen Lavonne “Patty” Nystrom.”  It turns out she wasn’t really born with the names “June” nor “Eileen,” and “Patty” was just a nickname my grandfather made up.

There is something about autumn that makes me nostalgic. I was thinking about my old Economics 101 text, Samuelson and Nordhaus Economics 12th edition. I took a look at our latest edition, the 18th, to refresh my memory and reassure myself that man is a rational entity.

In its fifth week of release, The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell remains in the top spot on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers List, while on the Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers List this week the new number one

Fall is finally here offering cooler temperatures after a long, hot, and record-setting dry summer. What a wonderful time of year!  Halloween is upon us. Adults and children deciding what to wear in celebration of Halloween. The shopping malls are busy decorating in preparation for the Holiday Season. (Doesn’t it seem like the Holiday Season is starting earlier and earlier every year???) The World Series, the ultimate “Fall Classic,” is about to start. The NBA regular season begins at the end of October.