Book: Dear girl,

This beautiful book, Dear girl,: A Celebration of Wonderful, Smart, Beautiful You! is a love letter and inspirational message to a child, a friend, a girl in your life. Listen to it here. The series also has Dear boy, Dear baby, and Dear teacher books.

Book: Happy-Go-Lucky

Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris came to me on my library's "Lucky Day" shelf - popular books that happen to just have been returned before someone else put them on hold or checked them out. I love Sedaris's past books, especially Me Talk Pretty One Day, but this one also had me laughing aloud and reading... Continue Reading →

Book: The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head

By David Gaffney, this graphic novel is both deadly serious and wildly weird - and touches on topics of loneliness, comfort, beauty. How do you put the relationships in your life in your "cellar" or your "back room?" How do you drag them up, revisit them, and position them in new ways? How do you... Continue Reading →

Book: The Owner’s Manual to Terrible Parenting

I came across this book while browsing at the library going on blind intuition. It was not a book I could have found otherwise, but it is so funny and true. It brings to light all the things we parents do to create "teachable moments" for kids, be the "cool" parent, how we are unwilling... Continue Reading →

Green tip: Overcoming the Black Nature Gap

Green Tip! Overcoming the Black Nature Gap According to 2018 data from the National Park Service Visitors Services Project, only 2 percent of national park visitors were Black. 1. What you can do to promote Black belonging in nature: 2. Black environmentalists working to connect people of color to the great outdoors: 3.... Continue Reading →

Friend Friday 86 (and Book): Science for Living

My father's book, Science for Living: 5 Science Topics of Common Interest to Religion and Society, is basically a textbook on all things science - for me a reference book when I want to review how the Universe was created, or the history of certain scientific events. It's also got an overview of how religions... Continue Reading →

Book: Toilet Tube Treasury

Toilet Tube Treasury by Jodi Levine is a little book of what you can do with all those toilet paper tubes you must either throw away on a weekly basis or save up for some unknown reason. Here are plenty of reasons: Includes templates and ideas for animals, toys, games, wrapping, garlands, marble runs,... Continue Reading →

Book: Masala Lab

Masala Lab by Krish Ashok (subtitled The Science of Indian Cooking) is a treasure trove of scientific and cooking information and inspiration. The book is lighthearted enough for a layperson to read, but includes scientific descriptions such as how a pressure cooker works, how to help onions brown faster (a great tip I've used already!... Continue Reading →

Book: They Called Us Enemy

They Called Us Enemy is a graphic novel by George Takei (of Star Trek fame) that chronicles his family's history in Japanese internment in the United States. The story is one of horror and a story many of us may just be learning in detail - how xenophobia and inhuman treatment of what we perceive... Continue Reading →

Book: Thank you breath

Thank you breath is a sweet book by Jennifer Cohen Harper to bring mindfulness of the breath to children: It also includes meditations and tips for grownups.

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