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10 To Try – Graphic Novels with Lynda Barry

I don't think of myself as someone who reads comics or graphic novels, yet I am someone who faithfully clipped Ernie Pook's Comeek by Lynda Barry from the back pages of Seattle Weekly for years. This quirky strip focused on the daily adventures of young Marlys, her moody teenage sister Maybonne, and little brother Freddy […]

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10 to Try Check-In: May

10 to Try 2017 Reading Challenge

Confession: I didn't really think 10 to Try was going to  "work" for me. I read pretty broadly already (it's kind of my job, after all), so I wasn't sure I'd be trying anything different or new. But five months in, I'm finding that I'm picking up books that I might not've read otherwise - […]

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NW Natural History – Discover, Uncover, Recover

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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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Beyond cinco de mayo: Celebrating Mexican History and Culture

In the U.S. on cinco de mayo, which means May 5th in Spanish, margaritas are half price at Mexican restaurants and bars and avocados are often sold out in stores and markets. While lots of people enjoy a cool margarita and homemade guacamole on May 5th, not many know why that day in particular is celebrated. On May 5th, 1862, […]

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The Best Database You’re Not Using

Testing & Education Reference Center is an amazingly useful resource. It's especially great for students, job seekers, and anyone preparing to take a big test. You can use it to build résumés, take online practice tests, read Peterson test prep ebooks, and more. It's definitely in my Top 5 Favorite Premium Databases. (Side note: You know you're […]

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