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Featured Poem: Self-Portrait in Time

By Dean Rader Black bell, ring the blue boat of my bones back to the beach of this world, make me an ear so that I might hear the sound from the deepest, make me a mouth—don’t let me drown— don’t let me sink the way lives sink, the way the dead drop into the endless hum of the end as when the wind … Read More Featured Poem: Self-Portrait in Time

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Featured Poem: Frost on Fire

By Dean Rader Something that melts can also burn, like a Thicket of ice in the pond, the cold net Of stars, even the hard white ax of the Heart. A man can freeze without getting wet Just as he can lose without being lost, But winter finds everyone, even though We spend our whole life eluding it. Frost Reminds us of what is to … Read More Featured Poem: Frost on Fire

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The Help

The Help by Kathryn Stockett Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will … Read More The Help

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Reading Spaces: Hanging Book Nook

Confession: I don’t actually know what these hanging chairs are called. Some internet research concludes they may be called papasans or eggs chairs or simply swing chairs. Whatever they are, they look like an awesome place to curl up with a book! And I kind of want one. I love porch swings, but the problem with porch swings is that you either need a porch … Read More Reading Spaces: Hanging Book Nook

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Featured Poem: Self-Portrait With Obfuscation

By Dean Rader The trees turn in the evening air from black to blacker even though the moon’s tiny headlamp lumbers along through the dark shaft of the sky’s deep mine. Twilight, strangely dull, climbs into its train and chugs back to the surface where everything goes on as before. How does something acquire luminous meaning? How does anything not happen? What men in … Read More Featured Poem: Self-Portrait With Obfuscation

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You Are a Badass

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word. If you’re ready to make some serious changes around here, You Are a Badass will help you: Identify and change … Read More You Are a Badass

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Reading Spaces: White Bookshelves

This week’s Reading Spaces is dedicated to the humble white shelf! I love a good white bookshelf, it’s like a picture frame for your beautiful books! And it works with a variety of decor styles. I can’t wait until I can have a wall of white bookshelves like these examples! All images via Houzz

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Featured Poem: When All is Said and Done

By Olav Hauge Year in, year out, you’ve bent over books. You’ve gathered more knowledge than you’d need for nine lives. When all is said and done, so little is needed, and that much the heart has always known. In Egypt the god of knowledge had the head of an ape.

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Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows By Sarah J. Maas Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past… She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight. She will fight for her cousin, … Read More Queen of Shadows

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Reading Spaces: Classic Libraries

Is there anything better than stepping into a traditional home library? You know the type. Lots of dark wood, persian rugs, antique furniture, and wall-to-wall books. Since it’s pouring rain while I’m writing this, this week’s reading spaces is dedicated to the perfect place to curl up with a good book on a dark and stormy night. Rolling ladder and bottle of brandy not … Read More Reading Spaces: Classic Libraries

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Featured Poem: Family Portrait as a Collection of Bones

By Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach My dog collects bones, buries them in couch cushions as though in the earth, returning to find them whole and uneaten by worms. My husband collects bruises, counts how many rise above the skin, how wide the purpling icebergs spread. He collects bass strings, forms them into hanging loops, bronzing nooses. My father collects words, reading everything and hiding sunflower seeds … Read More Featured Poem: Family Portrait as a Collection of Bones

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An Evening With George R.R. Martin and Kim Stanley Robinson in Review

I have to start out this review by saying Tylar, you’re the real MVP! I can’t believe I was actually able to attend this event. It sold out so fast, but my friend Tylar was able to score tickets for this great event at our alma mater, UCSD. Before the event, I was wondering what it was going to be like. George R.R. Martin … Read More An Evening With George R.R. Martin and Kim Stanley Robinson in Review