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9 Amazing Books About American History

Happy 4th of July! In honor of this patriotic holiday, I’d like to share 9 books in my favorite category: American history in fiction and narrative nonfiction. All of these books capture the American spirit and prevailing attitudes of their time. They are great reads for people who love history, for those who love studying human behavior, and for people who just love a great story. From top left of... read more

A Happier Perspective On Donald Trump’s Presidency

Readers, if there’s one thing to know about me, it’s that I love getting a shift in perspective. A slight twist of the lens, a zoom in or out, some new information provided: I feel a deep thrill to have an issue freshened, a story given new dimension. (In another life, I might have been a judge.)   I usually keep these revelations to myself. I also don’t usually talk politics on the... read more

This Is My Mission For The Next 4 Years

Like many of you, I’ve spent the last several days thinking about the next four years, and what they will bring. We are on the cusp of big changes to our society and the governing of our country that will force each of us to evaluate what we believe, and figure out how to enact those beliefs in the world. On election night, when it became clear that Trump had pulled off a stunning upset, I went to... read more

Happy 5th Anniversary!

Today is my blog-aversary. I’ve been writing and running this blog for five years. I’ve been thinking about how I’d like to celebrate this milestone, and I decided to tell you how the blog got started, since most of you weren’t around for its inception. And none of you- not even my family- knows about the “secret blog” that came first. I’d been feeling the urge to... read more

February “What I’m Into:” Vermont Edition

This month, I’m into… (The “I went to Vermont” edition.) Independent bookstores. A couple of months back, I wrote a post on why I didn’t used to buy books, but now do. Don’t get me wrong; I still make great use of my local library as well as its digital-download system. But I became more willing to pay for books even when I knew I could get them for free, when I... read more

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