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Planning for Paradise

There’s a fine line between not enough vacation planning and too much. You don’t want to waste precious time at your destination getting lost, but you don’t want to be tied down to a rigid schedule, either. On a recent trip to Key West, Florida, I created itineraries for several “days” that didn’t have to […]

The Silents: Falling Into Film’s Original Era

I don’t remember my first silent film, but I remember the feeling: the strangeness, the engrossing quiet, the sense of entering a world unknown as I stared, transfixed. In an age of superficial surplus and sensory overload, where the distinction between entertainment and distraction has become so blurred, here was something that quietly invited my […]

Space Is the Place for the Hopeful Sci-Fi Folks

It’s May, and we all know what that means! May the Fourth be with you! It’s also the time for our celebration of space exploration which is celebrated nationally as Space Day on May 6th. To celebrate, we have created a display of space-themed non-fiction books by the likes of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen […]

Books a Taurus Would Love

Taurus season is upon us, and I think we should all take a collective breath. Ready? Ok, let’s do this together: breathe in deeply, hold for three, and release. Now didn’t that feel good? Taurus season, April 20 to May 20, is smack dab in the middle of spring and is the perfect time to […]

Springtime, As Told By Greek Mythology

While perhaps unintentionally, T.S. Elliot captured the spirit of Wisconsin winter brilliantly when he said: “April is the cruelest month”. That is to say, April is a cruel month as it can project hints of spring, renewal, and hope during warmer days. Then, it can tear it all away again with sudden cold temperatures. If […]

At a Garage Sale Long, Long Ago

Ah! Welcome to what many people call their favorite time of year. ‘Tis the season of new discoveries, when our cities, towns, and neighborhoods are suddenly filled with amazing pockets of life, where people might gather to gaze upon the colorful wonders the world has set before their eyes. Yep, it’s garage sale season. As […]

The Deeper Roots of Gardening

This time of year is beautiful to me; I know that sunshine and warm days are right around the corner and it makes the chilly and murky days more bearable. I find myself coming out of hibernation and becoming more active around my house – cleaning, exercising, planning my garden for the year. This last […]

Basement Blues No More

Living in an older home the last 28 years, our basement has always been a bit of a pit. No uniform paint on the brick walls or cement floor. Unfinished yes, but also dirty, dingy, and poorly lit. Especially our ‘laundry room’, which was the worst, and yet where we spend most of our time […]

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A Very Polite Volcano

If you had told me a year ago that I would spend countless hours staring at rocks three thousand miles away via a live webcam, I would have questioned your sanity.  Yet on March 19, 2021, a new volcano was born in western Iceland that would end up mesmerizing me until its last lava welled […]

National Write Your Story Day

“A Journey is a person in itself; no two are alike.” – John Steinbeck March 14th is commonly known for being Pi Day, but it is also National Write Your Story Day. It is a day to celebrate who you are and where you came from via the written word. It does not matter if […]