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Feminist: A Curse Word

If someone called me a "feminist" or a "bleeding heart liberal" or even a "libtard" my first response would be, "Well, thanks!" And then I'd say, "And nice to see you matured past the name-calling of 7th grade." (I wouldn't be able to help myself. I mean really, "libtard," come on.)

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Sometimes There Should Only Be One: Sequels I Wish Were Never Made

Like the Highlander, sometimes there really should only be one. If you're unfamiliar with my arcane reference to the 1980s cult film, it's about a bunch of immortal highlanders who battle each other until only one is left. That's not really why I'm using this example.

Traveling with the Travelers: Judging a New England Town by Its Bookstore

I have two philosophies when it comes to travel. One: Choose one location and delve into all the nuances and quirks of that one place. Two: Visit as many different places in a general location that will reasonably fit into the length of the vacation. Regardless, I make sure to always visit the town's bookstore.

Ten for Tuesday: 10 Great Books Featuring Inspirational Teachers

This weekend in Washington, DC, there will be a march. Shocking I know. This is a good one though. It's a march for public education. In honor of the cause, here are 10 great books about inspirational teachers, the lifeblood of our public education system.

Amelia Earhart & Other ‘Novel’ Takes on History’s Mysteries

Amelia Earhart is one of those people in history you never forget. She was the first female aviator to try to circumnavigate the globe. She was a pioneer, role model, a legend. She's also at the center of a great mystery, one that is still making headlines today. It's the kind of story books are made of.

BBQ With a Side of Books

On a humid, but cool afternoon at a BBQ, I found myself having a long, in-depth conversation with two near-strangers about the topic of food and books, or rather, an odd graphic novel.

10 for Tuesday: 10 Books Stuck in My Head Forever

Some books just stick with you, for whatever reason. Sometimes it's not even because they are particularly amazing. It's just that something about them lodges in your brain like the lyrics to some random song and never leaves. So as my 10 for Tuesday, here are 10 books I read a long time ago, but still think about often and I can't seem to get out of my head.

Back to Basics: My Retail Rebellion

It is said there are 4 basic essentials in life: food, water, clothing, shelter. Personally, I'd add books to that. But, otherwise it's hard to argue with this logic. These are the things you need. However, how much and in what quantities do you need these things is the question...

Animals Are People Too: Digging into Dog Lit

Like with books and movies about children, I cannot watch a movie or read a book where a dog gets hurt or dies. For those of you who feel the same way, here are some safe dog-based lit books I found that should not make you cry (at least not because a dog dies) and you will be very happy that you read.

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