Category Archives: Musings

Confessions of a Bookaholic: Summer Longhaul Travel Edition

by Denise D. Recently, I picked up a gem of a comic collection: Book Love by Debbie Tung. Much like Tung’s Quiet Girl in a Noisy World, this book was page after page of, yep, that’s me. To a T. Whereas Quiet Girl is about the challenges of being an introvert in an extrovert world, […]

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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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The Not-So-Forbidden Fruit

by Marina M. What’s one thing Washington state is known for world-wide? Besides our rainy weather. Which isn’t as rainy as people outside the area might think. Amazon? Microsoft? Starbucks? The ferry system, which is the largest in the country? Having four out of the five longest floating bridges IN THE WORLD? Well, maybe all […]

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Mephistophelian Reads and Watches

By Isaac H. Have you ever read a story or watched a movie and, for some reason, the villain seemed more charming and endearing than the hero? Alternatively, have you ever really enjoyed a story only to notice the protagonist was something of a villain themselves? If you’ve read any of my previous blogs, you’ll […]

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Body Positive Resolutions

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) As another year comes to its end, I find myself drawn to the ever tantalizing New Years’ resolution. Maybe this year I’ll actually complete Book Riot’s 2020 Read Harder Challenge. Or the Northwest Winter Challenge, where you run or walk outside for at least one mile every day in […]

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‘Tis the Season for Quiet

by Denise D. Choosing Quiet Perhaps it’s wishful thinking. (I’m writing this while somebody drills on the wall near my head. The media I’m using to drown out the sound insists that it’s time to get out and shop– by any means necessary.) But, when December slips in on the heels of Thanksgiving gratitude and […]

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The Sound of Music: Instructional DVDs

By Julie T. Calling all player piano enthusiasts and anyone interested in gaining proficiency with a musical instrument! Learn how to play an instrument and read sheet music with video instruction. You can learn the essentials of piano without needing to schedule time with a teacher or pay for lessons. It’s all at your own […]

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Indigenous Picture Books

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) During the month of November—a month shared by Native American Heritage Month and Thanksgiving—it’s easy to return to the stories we’ve always read about the holiday. Books we read as children. Or books by authors we recognize. But how do these books depict Indigenous characters? Do they contain stereotypes […]

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November and Caregiving

by Denise D. National Family Caregiver Month Happy National Family Caregiver Month! November is the time to recognize those who do the essential, but generally hidden and unpaid, work of caregiving for a family member or friend. Chances are, you know a caregiver. As Rosalynn Carter famously noted, ““There are only four kinds of people […]

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Television Up North

By Isaac H. A number of people often express frustration that “there is nothing good on anymore.” Scripted, live-action American television has seen something of a decline. Replaced by reality shows, game shows and animated sitcoms. Not  to say there is anything inherently wrong with any of those genres. The lack of live action scripted […]

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Looking Behind the Curtain, 30 Years Later

by Denise D. Secrecy Late summer finds me thinking about the Cold War and the Iron Curtain. It started with the HBO show Chernobyl which flung me back to April 1986, my friend, Chris, racing into my college dorm room to shout about a nuclear accident in the Soviet Union. Chris and I had bonded […]

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