Blog posts tagged "summer"

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May. 20, 2019 - 12:41 pm
As the last days of school slowly tick down, parents and teens alike are wondering: What are we going to do this summer? As a librarian and an author, I'm happy to shout: read YA!  In case you weren't aware, YA (short for young adult) literature has experienced a massive explosion of popularity in...
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Jun. 24, 2017 - 1:04 pm
Among a certain curmudgeonly sort, there’s a prevailing opinion that music isn’t very good these days. To such people I say: you’re just not listening hard enough. Over the last few months artists as varied as Imelda May, Dan Auerbach, Benjamin Booker and Justin Townes Earle have released truly...
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Jun. 09, 2016 - 4:41 pm
The open road is whispering your name. Can you hear it? The humming quickly becomes a roar as the first official day of summer approaches. What better excuse to bring the family together, explore and learn than the infinite possibilities of a road trip. Whether you are planning a relaxing Rocky...
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May. 16, 2016 - 5:03 pm
Summer has finally arrived and school is almost out. We all know what this means... more reading time! With that said, it's always nice to have a To-Be-Read (TBR) pile nearby so that you never run out of reads when they are desperately needed. Summer is notorious for having the perfect weather for...
My daughter Whitney and I on her wedding day
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Jul. 18, 2014 - 10:30 am
Here we are in mid-summer, the peak of wedding season. This wedding season has been extra special for me. On June 16, my one and only daughter was married. What a roller coaster of emotions! But now I am an official member of the I Survived Being Mother–of-the-Bride Club. For months my days were...
Available at Anythink.
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Jun. 24, 2014 - 2:09 pm
Summertime is the perfect time for charity work – school is out and opportunities are plenty. Helping others in need, making this world a better place and finding a niche you truly care about can instill a wonderful feeling inside of anyone. Volunteering is especially great for those students...
The Interrogative Mood
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May. 19, 2014 - 11:59 am
Summer is just around the corner and the kids are almost out of school, which can only mean one thing – road trip time! As a child I can remember my parents loading up the car to the gills and stuffing me and my two brothers in the back seat before setting off for another far corner of the country...
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Jun. 19, 2013 - 2:52 pm
I look forward to each summer like I'm a kid waiting for school to be out. Not because I actually get a kids-length summer vacation, but because many authors release new books in some of my favorite series. These series are at the top of the list because their lead characters have become my...
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Jun. 08, 2013 - 5:32 pm
Have you ever imagined you had superpowers or wished you were a superhero? Most people have. Superhero movies and comics are extremely popular -- from Iron Man to The Green Lantern to Thor. But, for some reason and despite their popularity, superhero comics and movies are sometimes labeled as dorky...
The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred
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May. 30, 2013 - 7:04 pm
This past winter my family had the chance to visit Mexico. We all tried our best to brush up on our Spanish language skills before we left. We did OK, but I think we'll need more work if we plan to return. Spanish skills aren't just helpful when traveling; they're useful here at home, too. To make...