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April is Stress Awareness Month

April 26, 2017

Stress is everywhere. There is no getting away from it, especially here in Los Angeles. So what is stress? Here are a couple of definitions culled from some of our reference sources:


Betsy Graves Reyneau. Thurgood Marshall (detail). 1956. Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Web.

Thurgood Marshall - an American Hero

February 26, 2017

“You do what you think is right and let the law catch up” - Thurgood Marshall


"Top Secret"

Tis the season for some spycraft

December 23, 2016
The recent and ongoing news coverage of Russia’s alleged tampering with American elections is just the latest example of possible skulduggery between the two countries.

Souper by Gaston La Touche (1854-1913)

Social Phobia

November 22, 2016

The holiday season provides wonderful opportunities for people to attend social gatherings, whether the office party, family get-togethers, visiting with friends from out of town, catching up with acquaintances, and just spending time with loved ones.


Domestic Violence and Family Violence Awareness

October 25, 2016

Domestic Violence/Family Violence- this is a subject I am not thrilled to blog about…..then why write about it???  It came to me on one of those long and hot “dog days of summer.”  I had a rare quiet moment at the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion Reference Desk.  To get me


Buddhist monks

Karma: the good, the bad and the creative

August 24, 2016
Several months ago while driving home during rush hour on a Friday night, my fiancée and I noticed a young teenager lying unconscious on the side of a busy street.  We pulled over and called 911 to hopefully provide some help for him.

2016 motion picture releases from fear, suspense, horror genres from 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures

Monsters, Aliens and Ghosts, Oh My! (Or, the Psychology of Fear)

July 27, 2016
Summer, along with hot temperatures and family vacations, usually brings major blockbusters.

White House from South Lawn

Campaigning for President of the United States

July 09, 2016
On Tuesday November 8th 2016, registered voters will select the next President of the United States. For the two presumptive presidential nominees, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, this will be the culmination of years of planning, campaigning and fundraising.

The Arcadian or Pastoral State, second painting in The Course of Empire, by Thomas Cole

Communes and the Quest for Utopia

May 11, 2016

If you live in Los Angeles or any other major city, you may sometimes dream of abandoning the traffic, congestion, and high cost of living for a simpler life.


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