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Sports for Labor Day

Now that Labor Day weekend is upon us, grab some friends for some rousing sporting events. You could have backyard foot races, play a little badminton, toss a few horseshoes, or get a baseball or football team together. Check out our wide variety of sports books to help you learn how to play a new sport or brush up on the rules of an old favorite! Have a great weekend!

Monet on a Monday (or a Sunday)

Even though it is chilly and cloudy here and there, curl up with a soft blanket and delve into Monet's world. Enjoy his gently moving waters, or barely there breezes as his fluid and graceful brushstrokes convey messages of relaxation and pensive thought. We have some great books on Monet that you can check out for your pleasure and have a little Monet on Monday (or Sunday, if you are so willing).

Baseball for the kids

Check your local listings this week baseball fans because from August 21-30, 2009, the Little League Baseball Wold Series is taking place. Sixteen teams from around the world will compete to be the best Little League team on Earth! The official website is www.littleleague.org, so definitely check it out! These kids are super-serious about baseball and you might get a glimpse of a future pro!

National Resurrect Romance Week August 9-15th

As we wind down the summer sun, let's take a stroll shall we? This is National Resurrect Romance Week and this week take that certain someone out for a romantic drive, quiet picnic by the lake, or a moonlit walk followed by ice cream at your local ice cream shop. Being romantic doesn't have to have large, sweeping gestures, because romance, after all, is simple, quiet, and knowing. Leave a note in your sweetheart's lunch, pick some wildflowers and surprise that certain someone, watch their favorite movie and not complain about it, bake their favorite dessert or dinner, let your wife hold the remote control, or read each other some of our delicious poetry about love and romance.

Tigers...you're not done yet!

Summer is still in the air, so fans, that means the Tigers are not done yet! So far their away record hasn't been so slick, but there is hope. In our series against the Texas Rangers, we did take one of the three games that we played. Not stellar, but one is better than none. Hopefully in the next series we have coming up against Cleveland we will add more wins to our belt. While you wait in a hot dog fueled anticipation, be sure to check out these titles we have on the Detroit Tigers to help pass the time until first pitch!

Cow - poetic inspiration or just a dairy source

cowIn support of Cow Appreciation Day, celebrated on July 25th, break out your creative juices...let the milk of inspiration flow. In honor of our bovine friends, create a mosaic, paint a picture, write a narrative poem, or make up an interpretive dance! If you need some artistic reference, check out this handy website all about cow art! After all, how can you not love a cow?

Happy Birthday Degas!

degasThis Sunday, July 19th, is the birth anniversary of the artist Edgar Degas.  He lived from 1834-1917.  During his life, he became famous for painting and sculpting many subjects including a lengthy series having to do with dancers and dancing, most notably in the field of ballet.

Art in The Park July 10-12, 2009

beadsCalling all art lovers! Come to the 30th Annual Plymouth Art in the Park Festival! See crafters, painters, jewelry makers, photographers, sculptors, and so much more lining the streets of downtown Plymouth. Bring an umbrella and brave the rain to seek out something new and original that you can take home or shop ahead for a great gift! Who knows? Maybe the rain will manage to stay away....

Are you an AL or a NL?

baseball bat and gloveHey sports fans! Join us next week, July 12-14, 2009, in beautiful Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis, MO. for the 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game! This the the game that showcases the best of the best from the American and National Leauges braving the heat to swing their bats in the ever-popular Home Run Derby and of course at the plate when they send their high fly balls over the left field fence in an attempt to bring victory to their team. For more information check out ESPN.com for all your sporting needs, highlights, and updates. Go American League!! (Home of our Detroit Tigers, afterall!)

Peter Paul Rubens (Painter, not the Sandwich)

peter paul rubensPeter Paul Rubens was born on June 28, 1577. He is best known as an influential Flemish painter during the Baroque era. You make think Rubens conjures up images of sandwiches and lunch, but actually, the artist was famous for painting Counter-Reformation altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects. His paintings are full of action and movement as the subjects are rendered in vivid colors and in interesting poses. An excellent website to learn more about this famous artist is www.peterpaulrubens.org.

Happy Nature Photography Day

rainbowToday is so beautiful out, friends! Take advantage of the sunshine and warm weather and make a trek outside. Celebrate Nature Photography Day and create some art by capturing the world around you.  Michigan is full of parks, lakes, and gardens. Check out an old favorite or discover a new one. Good luck and happy snapping!

Happy Birthday Gauguin

gauguinFrench painter, Paul Gauguin was born today, June 7th, in 1848.  Before his career in painting, he was a stockbroker in Paris. At the age of 35, he decided to devote his life to painting and eventually moved to several places, including Tahiti. Much of his art is remembered for containing broad, flat tones, and bold colors and he is regarded as a highly influential founder of modern art.

Red Wings vs. Penguins

vs.    penguins logoWelcome to Stanley Cup 2009 Hockey Fans!!! Can you believe our luck as we once again have a match-up between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Impressions in Pastel


mary cassattToday is the birth anniversary of American Impressionist, Mary Cassatt.

Happy Birthday Mia Hamm and "Sugar Ray" Leonard

This sunny May 17th, we have two high profile birthdays to celebrate. It is the birthday of boxer "Sugar Ray" Leonard born on this date in 1956 and also soccer player, Mia Hamm, who was born on this date in 1972. Both of these figures have had illustrious careers in their sports field and we wish them a heartfelt happy birthday! Be sure to check out our books on both of these famous, amazing athletes!