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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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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Working (and Volunteering) Like a Dog

by Marina M. Somebody recently told me I don’t write nearly enough posts about dogs. I think they were being sarcastic but since it was in an email I chose to take it seriously. Because I can. If you don’t know by now, I have a couple of dogs. A poodle mix and a pitbull […]

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Mind Hacks and Occipital Jacks: Cyberpunk Books and Media

By Isaac H. Before you think it, this blog post is not about the Borg from Star Trek. Sorry fellow Trekkies and Trekkers. It’s also not about the Cybermen, fellow Whovians. In all fairness it could’ve been about either. It might ‘kinda’ be about either. You know what, it probably will be at some point […]

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Summer Jams

by Lois H. Much like the festive months of winter, the summer season has its own genre of music. Summer jams are often less lyrically specific than holiday tunes. They usually connote the feeling of summer through composition and melody. And while we all seem to share a collective cultural understanding of holiday music, summer […]

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The Endless Summers

By Isaac H. I’m going to go out on a limb here and presume that a majority of people would choose Summer as their favorite season. Warm days perfect for hiking, hitting the waters or firing up the grill. Warm nights great for camping or gazing at the stars. Who couldn’t love that? Well, a […]

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That Old Black Magic

By Isaac H. No, this isn’t about the Billy Eckstine song, though I’m sure it fits in here somewhere. Documenting magic, it’s not just card tricks, horcruxes and invisibility rings. I’ve always had a passing interest in the paranormal. Not necessarily the general concept of magic, more like the history of human beliefs in the […]

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13 Quick Reads to Help Escape the Slump

by Lisa C. Once upon a time, I kept huge stacks of lengthy books by my bedside. I read them all – and pretty quickly, too! I was so smug. Now, I still surround myself with books, but am less likely to finish them before they are due or before they disappear like ghosts under […]

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Feast by Foraging

by Marina M. My family went camping a lot when I was a kid. And, you know, a lot of it was for just being out in nature and roasting marshmallows over the open fire. Definitely not for the opportunity to experience a forest bathroom, though. Mainly, it was because, for as long as I […]

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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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