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book cover graphic of The Zohar

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

"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

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)

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

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


Scholars from Critical Thinking Forum (CTF) of the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan
Linda Rudell-Betts, February 02, 2017

Looking back over 2016, I recall that one of the most special afternoons I had at Central Library was hosting a cultural exchange group from the Critical Thinking Forum (CTF) of the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan.


"Top Secret"
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)

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/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
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.

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