For decades now, the modern worker has been urged to slow down, chill out, de-stress. Doctors link long shifts and on-the-job anxiety to high blood pressure, heart disease, depression and stroke. Many believe the consequences can be fatal. In Japan, the government compensates families who lose loved ones to employment-related exhaustion or suicide. The Japanese call this phenomenon karoshi, or death by overwork.
So often I hear even frequent library customers say “I didn’t know you had that!” when I tell them about a new resource we offer, or a cool event taking place. And I can’t help but wonder how surprised people who have not visited the library in years would be if they knew of some of the services and programs the Manatee County Library system provides. Libraries have become lively community centers promoting learning, creativity, personal and professional growth, and just plain fun.
During the extreme winter of 2009-2010, Gary McNamee relied on his treadmill to train for the Boston Marathon. McNamee lives in Hopkinton,where the race starts, but the weather stymied his attempts to go out for a long run.
Sarasota’s most famous author, John D. MacDonald (July 24, 1916-Dec. 28, 1986), would have turned 100 today. He was the choice for this year’s “One Book One Community” program in which the local communities read the same book and then participate in book discussions and related events. (In fact, Selby Public Library in Sarasota is planning an all-day John D. MacDonald Centennial Birthday celebration today.)
Playwright Arthur Kopit, who wrote ‘Nine’ and ‘Phantom,’ will be in Sarasota on Oct. 30 for a talk and a dinner. Plus: Pokémon Go comes to McKechnie, a Sarasota dancer lands his dream job and a Sarasota family is set to star in a Disney commercial.
Tennis legend Pete Sampras and his wife, actress-singer Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, have served up their home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, listing the scenic estate for sale at $8.9 million.
It's a peculiar bit of Hollywood logic, having the two guys who wrote "The Hangover" write and direct a movie called "Bad Moms." As if by some transitive property of film comedy, their having written a smash hit of men being oblivious, immature and reckless somehow makes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore the ideal candidates to explore the difficulties modern mothers face to balance conflicting responsibilities with the need to remain individualized people too.
The Texas girl in a video that went viral after she cried with joy upon receiving an American Girl doll with a prosthetic leg was on Long Island recently to get a new prosthetic leg of her own, courtesy of the same Hicksville company that fulfilled her wish for an American Girl doll that looks like her.
When we first found out that we were meeting Jenna Ortega, we were so excited. She has to be one of the hardest working actresses around! She is working on four shows right now and we think that is unbelievable: Disney Channel's "Stuck in the Middle," The CW's "Jane the Virgin," Disney's new animated series, "Elena of Avalor" and Radio City Music Hall's "New York Spectacular at Radio City."