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Some tips on how to manage chronic pain

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On Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Bondurant Room, the Library will be hosting a special lecture on managing chronic pain.

Brian McDaid D.O.M. will cover the differences between joint, muscle and nerve pain and some common causes of each one. He will also talk about how the body “remembers” an injury, both physically and emotionally and what last effects these can have. Then, to help with managing chronic pain, he will discuss various self-treatments that can be used, as well as alternative treatments that are available. This program is free to attend and no registration is required.

For more information, you can contact the library by calling 575-622-7101, visit us at 301 N. Pennsylvania or the website at http://roswell-nm.gov/405/Roswell-Public-Library.

Book Talk by Matthew Gormley, Reference Librarian

It seems that more big name authors have been coming out with holiday books each year. While you have authors like Debbie Macomber and Diana Palmer, who have holiday-themed books almost every year, we also have writers like Craig Johnson, better known for his Longmire mystery series, coming out with short novels for the holidays. When I was looking for a book in this theme to review for this article I ran across “The Christmas Train”, an older work by David Baldacci. Baldacci, better known for his thrillers and mysteries, wrote this book in 2003 as one of his first attempts to cross over into other genres. While it will not go down in history as one of the great works of fiction, it is a very enjoyable holiday romp which left me with a desire to take a trip by train over the holidays.

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The story in “The Christmas Train” revolves around journalist Tom Langdon, who is making the best of a bad situation after being barred from flying for a year because of a disagreement with a TSA officer. Tom is taking the train from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles to spend the holidays with his girlfriend. To justify his time on the train, Tom is writing about the trip for an article he hopes to sell to one of the magazines he works for. Once aboard the train, he finds out that Eleanor Carter, his ex-girlfriend and the one true love of his life, is also aboard.

With a full and enjoyable cast of characters, ranging from truly boisterous train personnel, eccentric lonely wanders, a young couple eloping and one or two grinches, the story progresses as Tom starts to remember his feelings for Eleanor, who left him because he would not commit to their relationship. Just to make things more interesting, Tom’s current girlfriend shows up on the train proposing marriage, even though he never thought their relationship was headed that way. Throw in a sneaky thief and an avalanche along the way and you have the makings of a story to remember.

Through the course of the book, Baldacci incorporates a lot of train lore and holiday romance. Even though there is not much in the way of real suspense throughout the novel, it is still worth reading just for the warm fuzzy feeling you will get when they reach the end of the line. If this book sounds good to you, check out the new crop of holiday books available now at the library. But don’t forget about the classics like Baldacci’s “The Christmas Train.”