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So, apparently, my relationship with Bruce Springsteen has changed over the years. See how in Dancing in the Dark, the essay I wrote for Purple Clover.

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Sunday, 24 July 2016

happy national tequila day!

Starr Pass tequila

Well, I am apparently at the right place at the right time since it’s National Tequila Day and no one celebrates the occasion better — and more often! — than JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, Arizona.

Every day at 5:30 p.m. guests gather on the aptly-named Salud Terrace for the highly-anticipated Tequila toast.

Starr Pass features more than 150 artisan tequilas and each day they offer a complimentary shot of a different one. For last night’s toast, we enjoyed Maestro Dobel Silver Tequila which I learned “has won more gold medals than most Olympians.” That seems to be true for Starr Pass’ own tequila collection, as well. read full story »

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

cool stuff for summer – or any time!

Storiarts shirt

I get tons of products to test and review but, as you know, I only feature the ones I would truly recommend.

Here are some of my recent favorites. And, because I’m trying to de-clutter, I’m going to give away some of them so leave a comment below to be entered to win one. read full story »

Friday, 8 July 2016

“my love, don’t cross that river” movie review

My Love Don't Cross That River

Michael and I adored My Love, Don’t Cross That River.

From the first few minutes of watching “100-year-old lovebirds” Byong-man Jo and Gye-yeul Kang joyfully tease each other and play in the leaves together like children, we were as smitten with them as they were with each other.

It’s no surprise that this documentary — and, honestly, I didn’t realize it was documentary until afterwards — has become the biggest independent film of all time in its native Korea. It is one of the most beautiful and touching movies I’ve ever seen. read full story »

an open letter to jenny craig

Thursday, 7 July 2016

No Jenny Craig

Dear Jenny,

I’ve been a loyal fan of yours for years, have sworn by and touted your program as an influencer, shared my progress online and enthusiastically sent many of my readers to you.

So it pains me deeply to learn — from some of those readers who have sent me frantic private messages — that you’re a Donald Trump supporter and are going so far as to actually host a fundraiser for him.

I am despondent at this news because it means I’m going to have to leave you. read full story »

“march of the living” movie review

Thursday, 7 July 2016

March of the Living number

Yes, that is a very disturbing image, above.

Yes, it is impossible to imagine that the Holocaust actually happened and could happen again.

And, yes, that’s why you and everyone in the world needs to watch Jessica Sanders’ powerful documentary, March of the Living. read full story »

a session with my bibliotherapist

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Rachel Stevenson library

Now that you’ve all fallen in love with my bibliotherapist, Rachel Stevenson since meeting her in yesterday’s post, I wanted to share my first “session” with her. If she’s up for it, there will be many more.

Note: if you are in a particular mood and need a book for whatever ails you, please leave a comment below and maybe Rachel will prescribe one for you. read full story »

meet my bibliotherapist :)

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Rachel Stevenson

I am so excited about this, I can’t wait to share it with you!

The other day, I came across a piece in The New Yorker, “Can Reading Make You Happier?

Duh.

Anyway, the article is all about bibliotherapy, which it defines as “the ancient practice of encouraging reading for therapeutic effect.” The author described her own experience with a bibliotherapist and I was hooked. I posted on Facebook that I wanted to see one — what could be better than lying on a couch talking about books?! — or maybe even be one.

My Facebook friend, Rachel Stevenson, immediately replied, “I think as a librarian I can claim to be a bibliotherapist. I can give you a book recommendation for any mood you have.”

I knew there was a blog post in there, and I was over the moon that she could actually be my own personal bibliotherapist!

Because Rachel gave such amazing answers to the questions I sent her, I’m going to post our Q&A in two parts. Today is all about Rachel. Tomorrow is all about me  — and you!

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what five years old looks like in south sudan

Monday, 4 July 2016

Chianayl - South Sudan

As the United States celebrates its birthday today, South Sudan gets ready to celebrate its birthday later this week.

The youngest country in the world, South Sudan turns five on July 9. Although the country was founded during a time of peace, children born that year only have memories of violence.

Since the war broke out in 2013, 2.3 million South Sudanese have been forced to flee their homes. That’s 1/5 of the country. 5.1 million people — nearly half the country — are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

Behind these horrifying statistics, though, are real people. Real children who you need to meet. read full story »

more beach books!

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Reading by the pool

I gave you five suggestions for great beach reads yesterday but here are five more because summer days are long and you will gobble up all of these books fast!

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beach books!

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Lois hammock

The Fourth of July weekend means summer’s really here. And summer means beach books.

Beach books get a bad rap. They’re often dismissed as light and fluffy — entertaining enough to keep your attention between naps, but not the stuff of great literature.

I beg to differ. read full story »

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