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We’re Off to Sail the Seas Again!

We went traveling between June 8th and July 9th. And now we’re about to leave home again. Normally we wouldn’t be taking major trips this close together, but the current exploration is the last of our postponed then rescheduled trips from the COVID-19 times. This time we’ll be gone for three months on an itinerary …

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What Do You Remember About Your Childhood Reading?

Or, The Power of Enchantment How much do you remember about reading in early childhood? I ask because I’m always bemused when I see other peoples’ statements about learning to read at age 3 or 4 and remembering the very moment they realized they could make sense of the squiggles on the page. I ask …

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Setting Off to Sail the Seas!

After having two cruises canceled during the time of COVID-19, my husband and I are finally sailing off to enjoy retirement for a month. I don’t expect to be posting much during that time because internet access is severely limited while at sea. I do expect to read a lot around our bouts of sightseeing, …

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Celebrate Pride Month!

Resources Pride Month—June 2023 Happy Pride Landing page for Lit Hub’s articles 7 Children’s Books That Celebrate Pride Ten LGBTQ+ Authors on the Books That Taught Them Celebrating Pride “LGBTQ+ Books to Discover the Voices, Stories, and Power of Pride” From publisher Harper Collins The Lesser-Known Novel of the 1950s That Presaged Queer Liberation “Cat …

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Celebrate Earth Day!

Related Post: Earth Day has been celebrated on April 22 since 1970 to encourage people to protect the environment. Test your knowledge of environmental protection and learn about programs like The Canopy Project and issues like sustainable fashion by clicking here: Earth Day 2023 And you can celebrate with reading by checking out this article: …

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5 Memoirs to Read for International Women’s Day

(Feature Image: From the [U.S.] National Archives catalog; National Archives Identifier: 593556) Related Post: Here are memoirs by five strong women with whom to celebrate. The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd Sue Monk Kidd was an established Christian inspirational writer when an incident involving her teenage daughter called her to question …

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Literary Links

Women’s History Month grew out of a weeklong commemoration by Jimmy Carter in 1980 “Years before it became a full month, there was Women’s History Week.” More on the history of Women’s History Month. Category: Et Cetera Don’t worry, Roald Dahl’s original texts will still be published after critics call new editions ‘absurd censorship’ Yet …

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Celebrate Black History Month

(Feature Image by Freepik) Join the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) for its Third Annual Black History Month Festival celebrating the 2023 Black History theme, “Black Resistance.” Black Resistance has taken many forms throughout history. As the late Congressman John Lewis advised, “Never, ever be afraid to make some …

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Reading Goals for 2023

Overall, I was pleased with the way my year of reading 2022 turned out. Therefore, in setting my reading goals for 2023, I’m going to follow the general outline of last year’s post: Like last year, I’m going to continue in 2023 to avoid focusing on mere productivity (such as number of books or pages read). …

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#TopTenTuesday : The Best Books I Read in 2022

Goodreads insists that I read 44 books in 2022, but my records indicate 46. Whichever number is correct, here are the best ones: 10 best + 5 honorable mention. Listed alphabetically by author’s last name. The 10 Best Connelly, Michael. Desert Star This latest installment in Connelly’s overlapping Harry Bosch/Renée Ballard series finds the detectives …

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