Emergency! for Pet Owners

On my little farm in the foothills, we worry about stuff. In summer, we worry about forest fires. In winter, we fret about freezing temperatures, power outages, and treacherous roads. In spring, we brace ourselves for flooding.  In fall (for lack of anything better to do) we are uneasy about earthquakes, tsunamis, and the zombie […]

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Teen Poets Wanted!

There once was a writer from Issasquah... A melancholay Puget Sound poetess... There was a Young Lady whose Rhymes... Hmmm. Writing poetry isn't as easy as it looks. But WAIT! It doesn't have to rhyme! Teen poets may submit their verse (whether it rhymes or not) to the annual RHYME ON Teen Poetry Contest from April 1 through […]

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Road-Rage Busters: Great Audiobooks to Make Traffic (Seem) Less Horrible

You know how the book is always better than the movie? Well, it doesn't work that way with audiobooks! Some books are great reads, and some are also great to hear. Some are--gasp!-- even better heard than seen.  Also: audiobooks written for young audiences are often delightful for adult listeners, and audiobooks written for an older […]

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Book Review: Ghosts

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier Catrina and her family move to Bahia de la Luna because Cat's little sister Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool salty air from the sea. Soon the girls and their family learn that the town and nearby mission is haunted--and the townspeople welcome the ghosts. They even throw a big […]

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How do you KNOW it’s a hoax? (or: How to outsmart the Internet)

Whether it's the latest rumor about Facebook stealing your photos or the warning you got from a friend-of-a-friend about razorblades in the Hallowe'en candy, how do you know if it's bogus, outdated, or just plain wrong?   Here are few tips to help you OUTSMART THE INTERNET: 1. Consider the distance from the source, (or: Where did […]

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What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month: a marathon of authorship, a crazy pell-mell excursion into composition, a headlong dive into WRITING THE FIRST DRAFT OF A NOVEL IN 30 DAYS! I speak from experience when I say that you probably won't write a great book in a month. First drafts are rarely great. But once you have a first draft, why, […]

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