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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Fast Fashion Fatigue

By Kaley I recently watched a video by Nancy Birtwhistle, one of the winners of the British Bakeoff, where she shows you how to wash a wool sweater. Guys, I could not believe how easy it looked. I have a few thrifted sweaters and spent some time recently cleaning them per her instructions. To quote […]

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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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LGBT History Month 2019

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) October is LGBT History Month! Started in 1994 by high school teacher Rodney Wilson, this monthly observance is a time to celebrate the diverse and longstanding history of the LGBTQIA+ community. The celebration also coincides with National Coming Out Day on October 11.

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Stars! They’re (Kinda) Just Like Us!

By Julie T. Less tabloid, more tell-all! Celebrity memoirs are a dish best devoured audiobook-style. Up close and personal with your speakers or headphones, you’ll often feel connected with these performers in a way that transcends print. It’s like they’re sharing their childhood foibles and adulting struggles with you over a cup of coffee. Jane […]

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Harvey Awards

By Kaley Nominees for the Harvey Awards have been announced, and it looks like a solid selection to choose from. The Harvey Awards started in 1988 as a way for peers in the comics industry to celebrate exceptional work. This year they’ll award creators for Book of the Year, Digital Book of the Year, Best […]

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Infernal Adaptations

by Lois H. Every summer, I look forward to packing a perfect picnic and settling in to enjoy some Shakespeare in the park. Recently, I attended performances of the three plays in the Island Shakespeare Festival’s tenth anniversary season. I cried through The Winter’s Tale. Cried with laughter through A Midsummer Night’s Dream. On the […]

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Eating Weeds

by Karen A. Sometimes I miss the big, beautiful views when I am out hiking because I am looking down at the ground.  Why, you ask?  Because even when I am hiking I am thinking about food, and I don’t want to walk right over something tasty!  There is something deeply rewarding in the process […]

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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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To Infinity and Beyond: Female Astronauts

By Julie T. As the United States celebrates the 50th anniversary of the    Apollo 11 moon landing, ask yourself what first comes to mind when you think of the NASA space program (aside from the “Eagle” touching down in the Sea of Tranquility). “The sky’s the limit”, an expression invoked to convey limitless possibilities, […]

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