Tomato Mania

By Alyssa S. It’s the warmest, most flamboyant part of the growing season. There’s been a long, slow, damp buildup to real summer weather in the Puget Sound region this year. How are your tomatoes doing? Mine are on the slow side, and most everyone I’ve discussed it with locally is experiencing the same. I’m […]

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If You Like POSE…

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) One of my favorite COVID-19 activities has been watching television shows with my friends from a distance. Sometimes we watch simultaneously and chat online; sometimes we watch on our own time and discuss via text as we go. After Pose was added to Netflix last month, we’ve been enjoying this FX […]

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A Troublemaker by Any Other Name

by Marina M. His name was Rolihlahla. It means “troublemaker” in Xhosa. But the world knew him as Nelson Mandela. And, as a result of his life’s work, on July 18 we honor him, and the political and social changes he achieved, with Mandela Day.

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Ice Cold Summer

by Lisa C. “I have never tasted ice cream. Diana tried to explain what it was like, but I guess ice cream is one of those things that are beyond imagination.” – Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery The sun is shining (sometimes), the temperature is rising (sometimes), and that can […]

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Author Spotlight: Tony Horwitz

By Alyssa S. Although restrictions are slowly lifting, life isn’t exactly back to normal in the age of COVID-19, so how about some fun and educational armchair travel with one of my favorite nonfiction writers, Tony Horwitz? When the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, embedded journalist, war correspondent, and historian died suddenly a year ago at age […]

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Celebrating Pride 2020

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) Every year in June, we commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots with a month-long celebration called Pride. The Stonewall Riots were demonstrations protesting police brutality against the LGBTQ+ community. While often thought of as the start of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, the Stonewall Riots were one significant […]

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Spring Migration and Hyperlocal Birding

By Alyssa S. For bird lovers, spring migration is a magical time. An unusual visitor or an unfamiliar song amidst the usual voices incites wonder, and we welcome the return of reliable favorites. With the current stay-at-home order, many people have more opportunity to observe the migration occurring through our own yards and neighborhoods. Yearly […]

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Simple Stitches

by Hannah K. If you’re like me, you may need something to keep yourself busy while we’re all staying home. I’ve rearranged my living room three times, baked and ate a few dozen cookies, and sorted my bookshelves by my personal feelings about the author. If I don’t find something to keep my idle hands […]

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Genealogy and the 2020 Census

By Isaac H. Yes, yes, you’ve probably heard the 2020 United States Census is upon us. “Sure, but why is this such a big deal? It’s just a headcount for the country!” – you might be saying.  The truth is, it’s a really big deal! The United States Census is one of the most important […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Ta-Nehisi Coates

by Lisa C. Ta-Nehisi Coates began his career as an attention-grabbing essayist and journalist who gained recognition for his insightful and razor-sharp explorations of race relations in America. His first book was the critically acclaimed memoir, The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood. The hugely successful, best-selling work, Between […]

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