Category Archives: Musings

Your Heroes Might Be Villains

By Isaac H. Have you ever watched or re-watched a movie and thought to yourself “I see why the hero(es) needed to win, but was the villain(s) sort of right”? Alternatively, have you ever noticed that the goals of the hero could be seen as questionable or even villainous?  I’ve had these epiphanies after watching […]

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When the Cone of Silence is Breached

by Marina M. I identify as an ambivert. For clarification, that’s somebody that resides in the middle ground of the extrovert and introvert trait spectrum. At work I’ll put on my extrovert hat. I’ll get out there and be a paragon of personality, a skilled and shrewd searcher, a readers’ advisory advocate. At least in […]

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When an Instant Pot Moves In

by Denise D. What’s for dinner? Three simple words. So much angst. What is for dinner? In my fantasies, it’s something different, yummy, healthy, quick and sure to please my picky teens. More likely, dinner is familiar, boring, processed, of dubious nutritional benefit, and likely to launch dinner table scowls. Not to mention too much […]

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You Caught My Eye: Beautiful Books

by Lindsey A. I’m a sucker for a beautiful book. They say we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, and that’s true to an extent. Authors often have no say in the appearance of their books; sometimes that decision is made by the publisher. Still, some covers are just odious. On the other hand, […]

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Taking Care of a Person with Dementia

by Denise D. The Loneliest Job? If you take care of a person with Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia, it’s easy to feel alone. For one thing, the person you are caring for is changing. A relationship that has been a mainstay of your life is no longer the same. Your loved one […]

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Bestseller Time Capsule

by Lindsey A. A few months ago I discovered a website (it’s not pretty) that lists past New York Times Best Sellers by week. What this generates is a literary time capsule from the time you were born. I turn 36 next month, specifically on July 31. I’m an Eighties baby, raised on a diet of Care […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Middle Eastern Cravings

by Denise D.  Choose one food? Every once in awhile, my son asks me an impossible question. If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Unlike his other queries (choose a superpower, describe your dream house), this one panics me. Choosing one food is like choosing one […]

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My Childhood in Books

by Lindsey A. In February, I was fortunate to attend the 15th Annual Western Washington University’s Children’s Literature Conference. I watched presentations from Pam Muñoz Ryan, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Sophie Blackall, and Kevin Henkes. A common theme among these youth authors and illustrators was their personal history of reading; specially, what led them to become […]

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Fictional Bucket Lists

by Lindsey A. We’re all familiar with the idea of the bucket list – a list of things you would like to do over the course of your life. A fictional bucket list is a list of things you would love to do, see, eat, and characters you would love to meet within the fictional […]

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Solstice Musings

by Denise D.  A Year in Reading Settling into the short days and long nights of late December, one often reflects on the year nearing its end. For me, that meant looking at My Completed Shelf in Bibliocommons. What did I read in 2017? What did I love? Other Worlds Turns out, I spent a lot […]

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