Author Archives: Marie B.

J.A. Jance Zooming @ Sno-Isle Libraries

by Marie B. New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance is coming to Sno-Isle Libraries (virtually) on Thursday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m. Click the green Register button under the photo of Jance on the event page to register for this program.  If you’d like assistance with registration, contact your local library.  We are here […]

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Grill, You Know It’s True

by Marie B. Summer is finally here and we are enjoying the great outdoors without a fleece jacket (mostly).  One of my own favorite summer pastimes is picnicking.  I might not be going far these days, but I still enjoy spreading out a blanket or setting up a lawn chair and enjoying a meal alfresco.  […]

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Cold Comfort

by Marie B. Many a reader turns to uplifting literature in difficult times.  While I certainly enjoy reading life-affirming tales of second chances, overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and happily-ever-afters, my true comfort zone in reading material is decidedly bleaker. In fact, nothing makes me feel cozier than hunkering down with a mystery or thriller.  You […]

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Prose Bowl 2020 – The Winner

by Marie B. You gave your all throughout the competition. You voted for your favorite titles each week, enduring extraordinary hardship when Covid-19 threw a monkey wrench in the works and delayed the contest indefinitely.  But you’re an athlete.  You would not be denied.  Yes, you left it all on the page, and now it’s […]

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Sew You Have Some Time on Your Hands

by Marie B. I enjoy the opportunity to pause and reflect as much as the next person, but I must admit that I am looking for more ways to fill my time. I’ve tried my hand at many a handicraft and have (mostly) found them rewarding and enjoyable. I learned to sew with a machine […]

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Carve Out Some Time

by Marie B. Lately I’ve found myself with a little extra time on my hands.  Even an inveterate couch potato such as me can only watch so much TV.  For me, crafting is a fun way to fill my time, and it (usually) results in the creation of something useful.  I enjoy sewing and crocheting.  […]

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I’m Okay

by Marie B. As a self-aware control freak, I spend a lot of time thinking about what to do and whether what I already did was the right thing to do.  Choices, amirite?  Today, though, things will be different.  Why?  Because March 16 is Everything You Do Is Right Day!  The unsure and the confident […]

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Chatting with Author Laurie Frankel

by Marie B. Whidbey community libraries, their Friends of the Library groups, and community volunteers have put together a great slate of programs for Whidbey Reads 2020.  You don’t have to live on Whidbey to attend these events.  Start a carpool and take a day trip to the island!  All roads lead to three chances […]

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Eat It

by Marie B. Who likes food?  Me!  If you’re human, chances are you do, too.  You probably already know how important three square meals a day are, but what about the time between meals when your stomach feels as if it’s rubbing against your backbone?   Enter the snack.  Snack food is so important that February […]

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Gimme Shelter

by Marie B. It’s time to deploy my winter plan, which involves donning my fuzzy slippers, procuring a warm beverage, and hunkering down with a good read. Yes, storms may be raging outside, but I will be snug as a bug.  Still, I do love the spectacle of stormy weather. Luckily, there are numerous books […]

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