Rapid Response

December 6, 2012

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In honor of the Newcastle Library’s grand opening, what is your favorite book and why?

My favorite book is Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring.” It was the driving force that opened people’s eyes to issues and the long-range complications of not understanding how we affect the health of our environment. It tweaked the consciousness, catapulting the environmental movement. She died early of cancer, but I’m sure she would have had a lot more to say.

— Grace Stiller


Mine would be “A Child’s Garden of Verses.” Having learned it by heart from reading it so many times to my children, I often recite a stanza or two from one of the poems to mark one of those quotidian, but still heart-lifting moments — “How do you like to go up in a swing, up in the sky so blue…” or “In winter, I get up at night and dress by yellow candlelight…” Like music, it never loses its lilt.

— Sue Beverly

What’s the best way to celebrate the holidays?

Spending time with family, of course. A very close second would be an evening drive around the neighborhoods to see how creative the “Clark Griswolds” of Newcastle can be with their decorative holiday lighting (imported Italian twinkle lights).

— Dave Martinez


I love being with my husband, friends and family for the holidays. I also love visiting holiday lights and doing other festive holiday things during the holiday season!

— Jackie Foskett


Slowing down and spending time with family and friends.

— Peter Zevenbergen


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