Retirement Wish List

by Ruth G. Having crossed the threshold of 50 some time ago, and thus become the recipient of flyers from AARP, the idea of retirement has started to intrigue me. Retirement won’t be happening anytime soon, but sometimes I see a book and think, “This one goes on the stuff-to-do-when-I’m-retired list.”     Maybe I’ll eat my […]

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The Art of Creating Tradition

by Jane When we are young, family traditions make special occasions magical. They shape our expectations and give structure to the passing of time, establishing patterns we can rely on and moments to anticipate.  Traditions create common bonds and a pool of shared memories for families. As we grow older, find partners, move into new […]

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Gifts from the Heart: Do-It Yourself

by Dawn Every year my family does a Pollyanna gift exchange (otherwise know as a Secret Santa), where we each get assigned one person in the extended clan. Lately it has sadly disintegrated into mostly gift cards, which seems a little pointless to me, but every now and then something wonderful comes from it. Undoubtedly the best […]

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Do you have a passion for fashion?

by Dawn I’d like to believe I’m immune to the lure of the ever changing and fickle fads of the clothing industry, but it simply isn’t true. There is too much art in it for me to ignore. I love the colors, the textures, the craftsmanship, and most of all the innovations. I find tremendously […]

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Backyard Birding

With spring’s arrival comes many of my favorite things: gardening, barbecuing, my birthday (!), and bird-watching. Each year I look forward to the increased activity my feathered friends bring to my yard. Merle and Juanita, my resident Anna’s Hummingbirds, begin to make more frequent appearances at my feeder. The family of American Robins, who have […]

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Go Ahead, Get Crafty!

Rainy winter days are perfect for cozying up with a good book but, sometimes, a book just doesn’t fill the void and doing something a bit more active is required.   When spending long hours in the garden, riding your bike, or walking the beach are not terribly enticing options, you have to be a bit […]

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Gifts Made by Hand

   If you want to avoid the crowds, consider giving homemade presents. Some homemade gifts can be made in less time than it takes to get to the mall and find a parking space. Gifts made by hand are cheaper, greener and more fun than store-bought gifts Enjoy this list of books for gift giving […]

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Get Crafty!

You might not want to be reminded, but the holiday season is approaching and time to create the best homemade gift EVER is ticking by. What’s that?  You want inspiration, not Pinspiration?  A good old-fashioned book you can hold in your hands?  Then I’ve got just the thing for you.  Three titles full of projects […]

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Obsessed? We’ve got the books for you!

Do you have an obsession?  Some special topic that you are ridiculously curious about? Me, I’ve been obsessed with French Bulldogs ever since I got my Liza Lou two years ago.  Some folks have a very limited idea of what libraries carry (best sellers and reference books), and are missing out on the amazing treasure […]

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