Author Archives: Marie B.

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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Don’t I Know You?

by Marie B. Are you a people watcher like me?  While it’s true that I kouldn’t kare less about keeping up with the Kardashians (no judgement here!), I do generally enjoy reading about famous people.  Chances are good that I’ll never meet anyone famous in real life, but I can encounter them in a story.  […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: James Patterson

by Marie B I don’t know about you, but I enjoy October and its rather gloomy weather.  It’s perfect for hunkering down with a warm beverage and a good book.  As the days grow darker, dear reader, so does Beyond Bestsellers.  This month our focus is on crime fiction.

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Some Like it Hot

by Marie B. Well, the sun has set on another Pacific Northwest summer.  Some years we’re lucky to have two weeks of warmish weather all season long, but we had a good run in 2019.  While I enjoy the warm days, the mercury can only rise so high before it gets to be too hot […]

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