Under the Sea

by Marina M. I don’t like to date myself but, in this case, it’s necessary. I was in 8th grade and taking an oceanography class when The Little Mermaid came out. That was almost thirty years ago. The combination of those two events led me to a life-long interest of marine life and marine biology. […]

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The Thin Gray Line

by Craig B. “Creation is messy. You want genius, you get madness; two sides of the same coin.” – Steve Jobs “At the edge of madness you howl diamonds and pearls.” – Aberjhani The Ninth Symphony. The Sistine Chapel. Classical Cynicism. The human mind is a marvelous thing. We’ve gone from stone tools to quantum […]

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Unexpected DIY

by Melleny T. I grew up in an extremely crafty family. My great grandma was the boss of crocheting dresses for dish soap bottles, and my mom went through a phase when she thought everything was better with a bird on it (preferably a chicken). If you want to learn these types of traditional crafts, Sno-Isle […]

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2019 PNBA Award Winners

By Kaley C. The winners of the Pacific Northwest Book Awards, presented by the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA), have been announced. PNBA is a nonprofit staffed by booksellers, authors, publishers, publicists, librarians, and various folks in the writing and publishing field. Celebrate PNW authors by reading one of their award winning books.  

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On Your Marks, Get Set, Bake!

By Kaley C. Over the years, there have been many baking shows that captured the hearts of people. Cake Boss, Cupcake Wars, and Next Great Baker to name a few. But none are quite like The Great British Baking Show. I’ll admit, I’m one of the many who cannot resist tuning in to watch contestants […]

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Where My Ladies at?

By Kristi S. You know that old saying: behind every great man is a woman whose work he’s stolen? Well, that may not be the exact phrase but it has certainly happened often. For centuries (truly), women have gone unrecognized for their work. Colleagues snub their discoveries. Their intellectual ability is called into question. Their […]

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Ode to Parties I’ll Never Throw

By Kristi S. Every year around this time, I am seized with the spirit of the season and decide to throw a party. I put all kinds of cookbooks on hold, plan my menu, make a playlist, and Pinterest like crazy. Then, I remember that I hate parties and am not at all social. So, […]

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Mary Shelley and Her Monster

by Lindsey A. 2018 marks the two hundredth anniversary of Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, by Mary Shelley. With this book, the science fiction genre was spearheaded by a teenage girl. Many associate Frankenstein with this guy, or this guy, or maybe even this guy. As a student of literary studies (i.e., English), I spent a […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: It’s Been Weird

By Emily Z. Well, hello there. Are you ready for the end? The grand finale of our Weird History sojourn? Oh, and isn’t today also some sort of holiday? It’s not as though I’ve been waiting for Halloween since last November. And I certainly don’t have relevant history books to talk about… Or maybe I do! Yes, […]

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What’ll You Have?

by Marie B. My first job, not counting babysitting, was waiting tables in a truck stop in Philippi, a rural West Virginia town.   Philippi was (and is) a small town with a big heart.  One can still ask, “Does anyone know what happened at the stoplight in Philippi” without causing undue consternation as to which […]

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