Favorite Fictional Families

They say you can pick your friends, but you can't pick your family. This may be true, but it doesn't mean that we all can't get along to some degree with our parents and other family members. And yet still, however much I love my blood relatives, I also believe in the power of the […]

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Debut Novels by Older American Authors

hand holding pen and writing in notebook

Each May we celebrate Older Americans' Month, an official opportunity for our elders to receive the attention and respect they deserve. The great writer C.S. Lewis once said, "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream", and although he was not American that doesn't make his advice less […]

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Meet the Girls @ womenshistorymonth.gov

Group of "hello girls" poses on steps

Each March we celebrate Women's History Month, and this year's theme is Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business. At womenshistorymonth.gov there are loads of amazing online exhibits and collections curated from some of the major Washington D.C. cultural institutions, including the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress. In just a quick glance, I found several subjects […]

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Happy Birthday, Frederick and Susan!

Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Statue near Susan B. Anthony's house

This month we celebrate the birthdays of two somewhat unlikely friends who helped to bring important social progress to our nation during the last half of the 19th century. Both Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass were strong believers in the equality of all people. Both fought long and hard for women's suffrage and the […]

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James Baldwin: I am Not Your Negro – Further Reading

James Baldwin leaning against tree smiling

James Baldwin's writing illuminated the extreme injustice abundant in the world in which he lived. Although some improvements have been made in the realm of civil rights, the fight for equality and justice for all continues to this day. In the new film I am Not Your Negro, which is currently playing in theaters across the […]

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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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Family Gathering Survival Guide

Norman Rockwell Painting of Family eating Thanksgiving dinner together

What makes you the most nervous about spending the holidays with your extended family? Is it the nosy relative who needs to know every last detail of your personal life? Or maybe it's the inevitable heated argument about politics that you know can't be stopped this election year? Regardless of the source of your discomfort, […]

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The Literary Bob Dylan

In a surprising and somewhat controversial turn, songwriter and poet Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. I'm still not sure how I feel about this selection (can song lyrics truly be considered literature etc. etc.?). Regardless, I absolutely loved his 2004 memoir Chronicles Vol. 1 and have a deep respect […]

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The Evolution of Memoir

I love a good memoir regardless of who's telling the story. As long as the writing is top-notch and the stories are a least somewhat juicy, I will read just about anything that delves into the real-life drama of human existence. Traditionally, memoirs have focused solely on the life events of one particular person (sometimes […]

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