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16B Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Readers take up self-improvement .in all ils+forms in its joys. greater freedom." learning will come and, from ................ As the author says, the The reader, even far from that, change. Each new expe- ..... WELCOME, GENTLE READER "Every Day in Tuscany; Seasons of an Italian Life" by Frances Mayes Frances Mayes, acknowl- edged as the "bard of Tus- cany" (by The New York Times), once again writes an extended love letter to Italy, her second home. The author of "Under the Tuscan Sun" and several other works cel- ebrating Italy continues to find inexhaustible delight in her adopted country, its resi- dents and others who share house she bought near Cor- tona, Italy, "became my icon ... all this exuberant beauty symbolizes not the life I was given but the life I made with my own two hands." Her memoir carries her through the seasons of the year as her life intertwines with her neighbors, local events and holidays are cele- brated, and local foods are savored, with the inclusion of many recipes for the tempting dishes she de- scribes. She confesses, "I went to Italy for the cypress-lined lanes, the vibrancy of the pi- azzas, the pure Romanesque churches in the country, the cuisine, the history. I stayed for the neverending festa of everyday life among the most hospitable people on earth ... the place took hold of me and shaped me in its image. "It is paradoxical but true that something that takes you out of yourself also re- stcres you to yourself with a Italy, cannot fail to capture the joy and sense of discov- ery that this book -- indeed, all of her books -- can evoke. Ruth Quincy "Take It, It's Yours" by Trish Welsh Taylor, illus- trated by Mike Welsh A self-described "study of the human condition and hu- man potential," this book en- courages you to realize that only you have access to your own unique experience. On- ly you can claim your own life, take authority over it, live it fully. Taylor, of Quincy, defines her own paradigm, based on a motivated and active expe- rience of life. From there, she suggests Fresh, Boneless Skinless Boneless CHICKEN NEW BREASTS STEAKS $177,00 $477,00. Boneless Beef Sirloin Tip PORK or Ball Tip TRI TIP $177,b. Country Style PORK ROAST RIBS $277,00 $177,b" 2% Gallon IGA Asstd. Varieties McCOLL'S 16 oz.FROZEN MILK VEGETABLES $237a. 77ea. Kraft, 7.25 MAC 'N CHEESE Campbeil00 10.75 oz, M0thes Asst, Alpine 1Ooz. 5 lb. bag CHICKENN00DLE Varietie00 11.13000 SPICED Oold Medal SOUP COOKIES CIDER FLOUR 67*.. $247ea. $177ea. $147ea. Assorted HALLOWEEN Russet 5 lb. BAG POTATOES Hot House TOMATOES 9900,b. 2 LBS/00I Susanville00_o_ Superma 257-5136 oPEN 7 DAYS, 5A,-,OPM . ,4u_ +y am8 LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED US Postage We accept Food Stamps & WIC 50 GRAND AVE.,+ SUSANVILLE, CA 96130 rience or challenge offers the possibility of a new way of thinking, a new perspective. She relies on, among other things, intuition kicking in and helping to guide you in directions that will enhance personal growth. Unlike many "self-help" authors, Taylor encourages lightness and a sense of hu- mor. She also comes up with some suggestions that seem obvious once she's suggested them -- as many creative ideas seem once someone has pointed them out. One such illumination: While a goal is necessary for your life not to seem adrift, it's important to base that, goal on something you truly care about. Further, if you note the things that have really mat- tered to you in life, you'll likely find a correlation be- tween them. "Look deeper to see how the several things you care about relate to each other. There is an underlying val- ue. It is that value that will be your rudder," Taylor writes. Taylor's book is full of companion illustrations by her nephew, Mike Welsh, who was, coincidentally, go- ing through a parallel self-in- quiry and expressing through art. The two dove- tail to excellent effect. Linda Graeagle "Nudge: Improving Deci- sions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness" by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstem I wa6 a bit surprised to find myself reading a book by two libertarian econo- mists, but darn it if many of their ideas didn't seem downright sensible. Using recent research in behavioral economics, they address why we often make bad decisions unrealistic optimism, following the herd and attachment to the status quo are some culprits -- and look at ways we could make better decisions. They show how "choice ar- chitecture" can help nudge people into better decisions. For example, a company can boost enrollment in its re- tirement plan by making en- rollment the default option. As another example, organ donation could go way up if donating was the default op- tion. Practicing what they call "libertarian paternalism," the authors prefer nudges to mandates. People tend to make better decisions when there is transparency (they have the information they need) and they get timely feedback. For example, home meters that show energy use invari- ably lead to reductions in en- ergy use and therefore sav- ings. These meters are even more effective when coupled with information about how much energy others are us- ing- customers know if they are above or below av- erage. The authors apply their approach to everything from weight loss to privatizing marriage. You can check out some of their innovative ideas at nudges.org. Delaine Quincy Sierra Institute offers last outdoor tour Oct. 22 The Sierra Institute will offer its last outdoor educa- tional tour of the season Fri- day, Oct. 22: The Water, Power and Fish tour, one of the group's most popular and scenic tours. Tour guides will lead dis- cussion about current issues and interests regarding hy- droelectric power. The tour follows the water (and the money) from the penstock at the PrattviUe in- take on Lake Almanor to the powerhouse at Butt Valley . Reservotr and on to the Caribou Powerhouses and the North Fork of the Feath- er River. The Water, Power and Fish tour discusses the many aspects of hydroelec- tric power production and its impacts on fisheries, ecosystems, recreation and rural communities. The tour will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Chester at the Collins Pine Museum, where participants will be intro- duced to the day's events and tour guides and enjoy morning refreshments of coffee, tea and pastries. Par- ticipants will then board a hired bus and begin the journey down the "Stairway of Power." The first stop will be at the Prattville intake on the southwest shore of Lake A1- manor. Discussion will be centered around lake ecolo- gy, PG&E's relicensing process and the potential for a thermal curtain to be in- stalled in the lake to lower the temperature of the North Fork of the Feather River one degree Celsius. The bus will follow the wa- ter down to Butt Valley Reservoir, where partici- pants will discuss the eco- logical effects of dams on fisheries. The group will travel to Caribou and explore the Caribou Powerhouse. Partic- ipants will learn about the process and benefits of hy- droelectric power from PG&E, as well as some of the history surrounding the large hydroelectric system. After a picnic lunch, the tour will head to the Belden Powerhouse, where the group will address the im- pact of recreational flows on invertebrates, amphibians, fish and the local economy. "The tour will conclude around 4:30 p.m., returning participants to the museum in Chester. The tour guides for the day will be Ken Roby, re- tired fisheries biologist with the U.S. Forest Service; Mike Willhoit, retired PG&E manager of the DeSabla Di- vision -- Butte, Glen and Plumas counties -- and Jonathan Kusel of the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment. Space is limited, so call early to reserve a place. Morning refreshments, lunch and bus transporta- tion are provided as part of the tour. Cost is $50 per per- son/S95 per couple. Visit the forestry center's website (SierraInstitute.us) for more information, or call Lauri Rawlins-Betta at 284- 1022 to reserve a place. /