Best Holiday Party Ever!


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

Princess Aurora, Cinderella, and Ariel

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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15 Ways to Have a More Literary Winter

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When the days get shorter and the weather gets chilly, it's the perfect time to cozy up with a book. But maybe you need a little added inspiration for things to do during the colder months to bring more books into your life. Here are some suggestions for ways to have a more literary winter. […]

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The Gift of Books for Kids: Ages 3-6

Reading with a preschooler

This is the second in a series of blog posts about great books to give as gifts this season. This time we're going to be talking about some spectacular books to give to the 3-to-6-year-olds in your life. For this group I tend toward giggles. If it makes them giggle it's a winner. If you have […]

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Kids Create Gifts and Memories this Holiday Season


Way before the era of Pinterest and the invention of social media people found inspiration for gifts to make in magazines. At least I think this must be the case, because my husband who lived in South Dakota made a lot of the same things I did in Florida! Doing an online search finds many, […]

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The Gift of Books for Kids: 9-to-12-Year-Old Boys

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With an Auntie who is also a children's librarian, my nephew is pretty much guaranteed to get books for presents. To be honest, that's pretty much all I give. Lucky boy! He always happily says, "I know what's in that present." To which I answer, "Yeah, but you don't know which one!" As a nine-year-old this year […]

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Kvothe the Librarian, “Lin-Manuel?!”

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Ahhhhh!! Excitement! Did y'all see this news? I have no idea to do this. How on earth do I just *mention* I'm working with @Lin_Manuel on adapting Kingkiller? — Pat Rothfuss (@PatrickRothfuss) November 29, 2016 EeeeeeeeEEEEEeeeeeeee!!!! Okay, gimme a second. Whew. So. Patrick Rothfuss is pretty awesome. And Lin-Manuel Miranda is also the best. And […]

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Seattle: The Edible City

Seattle Maki Roll

From now until September 2017, Seattle's Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) will be presenting the exhibit Edible City, a guide to what, where, and how people experience food in the Emerald City. If you aren't already aware of the many delicious products grown and produced in the Puget Sound region, here is an introduction to some […]

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