How can I help? After all, it’s the holidays

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Have you ever been asked for money or help of some kind and wondered does it ACTUALLY help? Some people from local social service agencies tell us what they think will help in Real Change newspaper, a Seattle-based paper that helps low-income and homeless folks. Who could have predicted that the first to come up is socks! Read it so […]

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An Evening with Matika Wilbur

Matika Wilbur and audience raising hands

Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend an event at the Burien Library (where I also happen to work) entitled Changing the Way We See Native America: Dismantling Native American Stereotypes, featuring Pacific Northwest photographer Matika Wilbur. I went into the event expecting to see some beautiful photographs (which I certainly did see), but I […]

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Really!?? 2017??!


You gotta be kidding me? Already? I do remember a good bit of 2016 but it really doesn't seem like an entire year has gone by. Given how fast time flies, it might be good for me to pick up a few of these futurist reads (and some video clips here too):     The Singularity Is Near Ray […]

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Soooo Not a Princess

Moana and the demigod Maui standing on a beach with the ocean in the background

There's a chill in the air, the Starbucks holiday cups are out, and people are readying themselves for holiday travel: it's that special time of year when Disney puts out its princess movies. No, really! 'Tangled," "Frozen," "Enchanted," "The Princess and the Frog," even "Aladdin," "Beauty and the Beast," and "The Little Mermaid" were all […]

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Let hoopla pick the movie!

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When it’s cold outside, it’s the perfect time to cozy up with popcorn and a movie. hoopla offers movies, TV, music, and comics for your computer and mobile devices and all titles are available with no holds and no waiting! hoopla has created some great collections of movies by category such as: Oscar Winners & […]

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Reimagine Holiday Gift-Giving

A gift bag and candles sit in the snow.

The holidays are here and many people are considering what gifts, if any, they should give to friends and family this year. While gift-giving can be fun, it can also cause unnecessary stress, especially when budgetary concerns collide with advertisements that urge us to buy more and more. Instead of giving in and purchasing more […]

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Best Holiday Party Ever!

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It's the most wonderful time of the year: party season!!! Don't worry if you don't have a spacious dance hall at your disposal like those dance-crazed teens in Footloose. With a little creativity, ingenuity, and a thoughtfully curated guest list, you can host the soirée of the season in your very own home! First, crack open one of […]

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Drink This, Read That.

Wine and Book

Some things just naturally go together like a horse and carriage, peanut butter and jelly, and Batman and Robin. So why not books and beverages? If I may be so bold, I would like to suggest the following pairings for your enjoyment. Looking for something a little tropical with a touch of ocean breezes and […]

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The Gift Of Books For Kids: 9-to-12-Year-Old Girls


This is the third in a series of blog posts on books that make great gifts. We dedicated a whole entry to boys so it's only fair to dedicate a post to the girls. There are a bunch of wonderful books starring strong, clever heroines that would make the perfect holiday gift for the strong, […]

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5 Excellent Animated Films NOT produced by Disney

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It is true that for decades Disney studios have produced widely popular films for children. It is also true that Disney films are regularly criticized for portraying cultural, racial, and gender stereotypes that cause many parents to question the problematic messages they give to children. Despite the controversies associated with Disney films, I admit that I have enjoyed the occasional screening of Sleeping Beauty and other […]

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