Crafting for Mental Health – Finding a Balance

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When I started looking for scientific/medical resources espousing the mental health benefits of crafting, I found primarily anecdotal evidence. This anecdotal evidence was mostly about knitting and crocheting and some…

31 Scary Short Stories for Halloween Month

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I love a good scary short story! And even though I don't need an excuse to read them year-round, October (or, Halloween Month) is always a great opportunity to sit…

STEAM WEEK: Bread Pets

“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.”American Chef James Beard (1903-1985) What's is a Bread Pet? You've heard of…

Even More Lesser Known Works by Classic Authors

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If you liked The Scarlet Pimpernel, then try The Old Man in the Corner by Emmuska Orczy I've mentioned The Scarlet Pimpernel in a few of my previous posts (you can…

More Lesser Known Works by Classic Authors

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There are some writers who are almost universally acknowledged as "classic". Arthur Conan Doyle, GK Chesterton Jane Austen, Mary Shelley...When you hear these names, you automatically associate them with the…

Classics Meets Comics with ComicsPlus

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It should come as little surprise to all of you that I love the classics. But, I also know the struggles and roadblocks that readers often find concerning these texts.…

Sharing Secrets with PostSecret

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Psst! I have a secret to tell you...I love reading the secrets of strangers. If that sounds weird to you, then I bet you've never heard of PostSecret before. PostSecret…

A Summer at Sea: My Three-Month Reading List

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Now that summer is upon us, it's time to start thinking about summer reading. This is the time of year when I get the most reading done. I'm not necessarily…

Lesser Known Works by Classic Authors

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I'm always on the hunt for a new classic. And of course what I mean by that is a classic that I've not heard of before (or at least one…

A Whale of a Book: Reading Moby-Dick

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When I was in college, I met up with a friend and her cousin for coffee, and while we enjoyed our lattes, he waxed lyrical about how Moby-Dick was the…

Relaxing Reading with Laid-Back Camp

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We're all stressed right now. I'm stressed, you're stressed, the people behind us in traffic are stressed... So when it comes to reading, I sometimes just really want something uplifting…

My Magical Manga Boyfriend

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If you read enough manga (like I do), eventually you'll come across a series that involves a human woman or girl in a relationship with some sort of mythical being.…

How to Write Horror

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There's nothing like a good horror story to really chill your blood. But, these tales don't just crawl out of the primordial ooze fully formed. No, they have to be…

Reading Beyond the Raven: A Poe Sampler

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It should come as no surprise to readers here that I'm a bit of a horror fan. Whether it's scary short stories, Christmas ghost stories, Frankenstein picture books, or fictional…

One (or Five) for the Books

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I love books. I've loved books ever since I was a little kid, even before I could read them. The fact that you can pick up this block of wood-pulp…

Autism Acceptance Month: #OwnVoices

April is Autism Acceptance Month. You may remember my blog post from last year. (If not, that’s a good place to start with general autism reads). This year I want…

More Chilling Tales for Sleepless Nights

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I don't know about you, but as the weather gets warmer, I start thinking about scary stories. Not because summer is a scary time, but because I have more leisure…

Reader, I Married Him: Jane Eyre Retellings

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Jane Eyre is a classic of high school reading lists across the country. I still remember the first time I was captivated by this blend of mystery, Gothic atmosphere, and…