Author Archives: Jane

The Art of Creating Tradition

by Jane When we are young, family traditions make special occasions magical. They shape our expectations and give structure to the passing of time, establishing patterns we can rely on and moments to anticipate.  Traditions create common bonds and a pool of shared memories for families. As we grow older, find partners, move into new […]

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Curl up with a good book – and a cup of soup!

by Jane Our weather has determined that it is now fall.  It seems that we went from summer to fall the moment September began.  Cooler, wetter days and blowing autumn leaves make me crave a cozy chair by the fire with my dog curled up on my feet and a delicious, hot mug of soup […]

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Starfish, Barnacles, and Octopi! Oh, my!

by Jane     Living in Western Washington, we are lucky enough to have up close and personal experiences with sea life on a regular basis. With the effect that global warming and pollution are having on our oceans, our experience of the beach and sea creatures may soon become the stuff of fairy tales […]

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Books for Beachcombers

  It’s finally summer, though, this year, it has felt like summer for quite a while…  Time to hit the beach!   Give yourself a mini holiday: walk a shoreline, build sandcastles with your kids and splash your feet in tide pools while observing the crabs, starfish and gulls. Take advantage of our rare run of […]

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The Armchair Birder

Everyone is familiar with the term “armchair traveler”.  Well, I confess to being something of an armchair birder.  Despite my pleasure in observing the birds drawn into my garden by various tantalizing feeders, cozy bird cottages, strategically placed water basins and a myriad of tempting flowers, what I often crave is immersing myself in a […]

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Let’s Talk about Vegetables…

We are finally well into the month of March, which means I have started planting my vegetable garden with the hope of large harvests and tasty meals built around fresh, ripe vegetables all summer long and lots of enjoyment from pickled, jarred and frozen edibles to keep my family healthy and well fed in the […]

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Go Ahead, Get Crafty!

Rainy winter days are perfect for cozying up with a good book but, sometimes, a book just doesn’t fill the void and doing something a bit more active is required.   When spending long hours in the garden, riding your bike, or walking the beach are not terribly enticing options, you have to be a bit […]

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Great Books for Gifting: Nonfiction

   Nonfiction is like a candy shop – there is a perfect flavor for every reader, and so many possibilities to choose from!  Ask your librarian for suggestions to please each of the people on your gift list.  Here are just a few suggestions to get you started:

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Great Books For Gifting: Adult Fiction

Books are the perfect gift.  There are such a variety to choose from.  For friends and family who prefer to read fiction, here is an eclectic mix with something for everyone on your list… And for your own reading pleasure, as well!   

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Great Books for Gifting to Young Children

It is the time of year when people are searching for the perfect gift.  Why not give the gift of reading – a gift that keeps on giving.  Here are a few selections to help you ignite a lifelong love of reading, learning and imagination for the youngest members on your list:  

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