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Survival Against All Odds

Check out these fantastic tales of surviving historic atrocities, crashes and the worst Mother Nature has to offer:

Between a rock and a hard place by Aron Ralston

Alive: sixteen men, seventy-two days, and insurmountable odds— the classic adventure of survival in the Andes by Piers Paul Read

Buried alive: the true story of the Chilean mining disaster and the extraordinary rescue at Camp Hope by Manuel Pino Toro; foreword by Natalie Morales

Conquer Your Fear of the Creepy Crawlies

Check out these great reads about the creepiest, crawliest creatures around!

Incredible arachnids by John Townsend

Ant lions and lacewings by text by Elaine Pascoe; photographs by Dwight Kuhn

Goliath bird-eating spiders and other extreme bugs by Deirdre A.

Author Stephen R. Covey, 1932-2012

Author Dr. Stephen R. Covey has passed away at the age of 79. His most well-known book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, has sold over 20 million copies, spawned a number of related books and has been named “the Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century”. The management expert and cofounder of FranklinCovey was one of Time Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Americans” in 1996. His most recent book, The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life's Most Difficult Problems, outlines effective methods for conflict resolution at work, in school, or elsewhere in society.

Finding Fireworks

Looking for a fun way to spend a summer evening, but not sure when and where to find local fireworks displays? Check out michiganfireworks.com. You can search by date, city, or county to find local fireworks events.

[Canton Liberty Fest 2012 Fireworks by Deborah Edwards-Onoro is used under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.]

Thorndyke Conquers Connect Your Summer

Thorndyke Conquers the MountainThorndyke is having all kinds of fun earning his CYS badges!  As you may remember, LB has done his share of traveling. This summer, Thorndyke is also expanding his horizons.

Lonesome George, Galapagos Island Conservation Icon, 19?? to 2012

Lonesome George: Lonesome George died Sunday afternoonAccording to a statement by the Galapagos National Park Service, the last surviving Pinta Giant Tortoise has passed away, making the subspecies extinct.  The age of "Lonesome George" was estimated at least 100 years.   The cause of George's death is unknown, though advanced age is not likely: the 5-foot, 200-lb tortoise was expected to live well over 200 years.

Overcoming Addiction

Check out these inspirational stories from people who have hit rock bottom and lived to tell the tale.

Broken: my story of addiction and redemption by William Cope Moyers with Katherine Ketcham


Fall to pieces: a memoir of drugs, rock 'n' roll, and mental illness by Mary Forsberg Weiland


Guts: the endless follies and tiny triumphs of a giant disaster by Kristen Johnston

Conquer Your Health with Goals

Remember: your body is a temple. Take control of your health by setting (and meeting) goals to improve your health. Begin a new fitness routine. Make a plan to improve your eating habits. Take up an active hobby, such as bicycling or playing a sport. Make goals you can acheive this summer, for example:
  • Walk for 30 minutes, 5x a week
  • Quit drinking soda for (at least) one month
  • Find and join a local martial arts group and attend at least 3 meetings
Once you've met your first goal, log in and claim your badges! Need help getting started?