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book cover graphic of The Zohar

Book of Radiance

February 09, 2018

The Zohar (aka Sefer Ha-Zohar, or "Book of Radiance") is considered the key religious text of Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism.


a black and white photo

Mandalas: In Search of a Perfect Circle

October 13, 2017

"Each person’s life is like a mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life." –Pema Chodron


Southern California Sunset

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:


 Suffragettes on Parade, LAPL Photo Collection (sometime before 1920)

The Legacy of Equal Rights Magazine

March 04, 2017

March 8 marks International Women’s Day, a global celebration that has taken place yearly since the early 1900s. IWD celebrates women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements and contributions, and calls for action to increase gender equality.


Portrait of Thurgood Marshall

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.

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