Guess and Win

I’ve always loved the Farmer’s Almanac and its old saws, especially those which make predictions or suggest the timing of things to be done based on observations of natural phenomena.  There is the classic about wooly bear caterpillars predicting the severity of the coming winter by their markings (alas, debunked by the National Weather Service)…
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10 for 10 for 10

Last week, as a thank you, I sent a friend two books. The total? $60. For two. As someone who almost never buys books, I thought, “How do people do this all the time?” Hopefully this friend of mine isn’t reading this thinking, “Wow, thanks for complaining about the gift you sent.” He’s worth the…
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Reading Queer Fear

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a thousand times more: nobody writes horror like the queer community. All across the genre, LGBTQIA+ authors are redefining the monster that emerges from the closet, reclaiming familiar horror tropes—hidden identities, bodily transformations, possession, the casting out of "evil", dark curses, the endangerment of children, fear of…
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Gratitude for This Adventure

An adventure reveals something about yourself, to yourself. Even if the day is structured around work, childcare, or eldercare, the adventure is in how we relate, how we move and speak, and what we choose to attend to from one moment to the next. One part of getting older is that I can appreciate the…
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How To Have an Adventure

Every year, at the beginning of summer, I check out a stack of craft books. The sun is shining (sometimes, even when it’s raining!), my garden is bursting with life, and I’m inspired to try my hand at creation. Our annual How-To Festival, our all-ages celebration of our community’s creativity and know-how, fits perfectly into…
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Burn Book

Why review tech writer Kara Swisher's new book when I know so little about computers? And, I'll admit, care little for most of those filthy rich people whose names we all know? Well, it's more a "memoir with tech bros" (a better subtitle than hers, BTW) than it is a tech book, written by an opinionated…
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