Books to Embrace Aging

May is Older Americans Month and whether you are well into your years or not far along the aging spectrum, we can all embrace growing older. Recent life events, which included caring for my 98-year-old grandmother, have changed my perspective on life and aging. "Oma," as we called her, proved that even at ninety-eight one can experience "bucket list" dreams and…
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For Fans of ‘Get Out’

SPOILERS AHEAD-- IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN GET OUT YET, AVERT YOUR EYES!  Okay, everyone, you've been warned. This is now a spoiler zone, so let's talk about Get Out. In my opinion, this movie did an excellent job of portraying two of the most terrifying elements of real life in today's America: humans and racism. Humans…
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Four Novels About Communication Glitches/Blips/Errors/Surprises

Communication and time travel? Communication faster than the speed of sound? How about general communication enhancement? Take a trip with these novels of mishaps and you maybe grateful for the limitations of conversational methods currently at your disposal! Crosstalk Imagine having a tiny chip implanted in your brain so that you can instantly exchange thoughts with…
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NW Natural History – Discover, Uncover, Recover

July 5 is the unofficial start of summer hereabouts.  Between now and then, as you enjoy the comforting patter of occasional showers (and hail and lightning), explore some of the natural history of our extraordinary region. Eventually, we'll recover from our moldy sodden winter/spring. Apologies to Eastern-leaning folk; this list is a bit Western-centric. Natural History of…
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The Literary Apothecary

I don't know about you, but I believe books are good medicine. They possess the power to move us through spectrums of emotions and speak to us in ways no medical professional or counselor can. I was introduced to my first "literary apothecary," Monsieur Perdu, when a co-worker recommended I read The Little Paris Bookshop.…
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