Poetry for Nature Lovers

In celebration of National Poetry Month, I thought it would be fun to combine and share two of my favorite things: nature and poetry. First things first, let's just acknowledge that reading poetry can be intimidating. I remember the first time I had to read a poem out loud- it felt like I was trying…
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Shaking Up Shakespeare

Happy birthday, Mr. William Shakespeare! This famous English playwright, poet and dramatist was born around late April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. His works are so pervasive and historically significant that they have actually changed the English language!   I'm not surprised that such influential writing would move other creators to try some Shakespearean spin-offs. Shake up your Shakespeare with these inspired parodies and adaptations. Enjoy!  Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on your Favorite Songs What happens when Erik Didriksen turns 100 famous pop songs from artists like Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Taylor Swift into Shakespearean sonnets? A…
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Japanese Soul Cooking

I've always loved Japanese food, but for a long time I was content to leave the cooking to the experts— That is, until I married someone who grew up in Japan. Suddenly I had a lot more motivation to do some at-home cooking, particularly when we struggled to find places that sold certain dishes on the…
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Picture Books for Arbor Day

Living in the Pacific Northwest, we have no shortage of beautiful trees and Arbor Day reminds us of how important it is to preserve them. National Arbor Day is always celebrated on the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on different dates throughout the year based on best tree-planting times in their area…
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