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A Brief Temporal Diversion

“We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.” – Carl Sagan The month of January draws to a close, and a newly born year beckons us to embrace an extra curl at the end of each date. Consciously bound to the present, time inches and sprints through our senses, […]

The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.: A Man Beloved Today, Not So Much in His Day

The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. is a figure admired by broad swaths of the American public – to the point where we have given him a federal holiday on his birthday. His legacy of passionate, nonviolent struggle against racism on behalf of Black Americans continues to inspire people both in the United States and […]

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Illustrated: Pretty Books for Grownups

We’ve all heard that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Of course, we do, and quite literally! Publishers know this well, which is why new books compete for our attention with eye-catching dustjacket designs. These designs don’t exist solely for the ‘made-you-look’; they also signal to us what kind of story we’ll find […]

Goal Setting for Chaos-Taskers

December 26th—the start of those awkward few days after Christmas and before the New Year. If the calendar year had an empty void, this would be it. I often feel kind of strange and disorganized during this time. To avoid this slump, I spend these few days reflecting on my goals from the previous 12 […]

Have Yuleself a Merry Little FDA*

“No. Other. Family. Has it as messy as we do!!!“ I remember my mother yelling this when she reached a desperate point of no return; the best one could do was to stay calm, and quiet. In her eyes, the entire house was in shambles as she imagined the shaming judgment from extended family, due […]

Happy Birth-Tay! In Honor of Taylor Swift’s Birthday, Let’s Pair Some Books to Her Songs Because…Why Not?

Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13th, 1989 at 5:17 am in West Reading, Pennsylvania. Now, I might identify as a Swiftie, but I didn’t actually know the exact time she was born, nor the location. I had to Google it. In honor of Miss Americana’s 33rd birthday, I, with the assistance of some […]

Staff Picks: Winter Beach Reads

December is here, which means we’re heading into one of the busiest seasons of the year. It can be lots of fun, but it can also be lots of stress. Snow shovels to dig out from behind rakes and lawnmowers. Extra-long chore lists to check off. Family obligations to fulfill. Events to plan and appointments […]

Jólabókaflóðið: A Bookish Holiday Tradition

Tradition (noun): an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or a social custom) – Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, 11th edition No matter where you are in the world, December is a time of tradition. Traditions are an essential part of human culture. They connect us to one another and […]

Whatever “Hyoo-Guh” Make It: Easing into the World of Hygge

As colder days creep in, and snow begins to cover everything in sight, I prefer to embrace the season by chasing my dog around the yard barefoot and limiting my outerwear layers until temperatures become utterly unbearable. Acclimation is everything. For those of you who prefer a less painful approach, the people of Denmark have […]

3 Ways to Give Back During the Holiday Season

Each year I try to figure out a way to give back during the holiday season.  I often find myself being thankful for all that I have, and then realize there are a great number of individuals who are not as fortunate as I am. Giving back during the holiday season can be easy, there […]