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The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

The cracks of bats and the thumps of balls hitting gloves have signaled the start of another baseball season.   After recently listening to The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach I find myself thinking about those sounds in a slightly different way because of experiencing a vivid portrayal of the consequences of the pressure to succeed on the […]

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The Great Gatsby Through the Eyes of a Collector

I’m sure there are many things you could get out of reading The Great Gatsby for our Big Read program, but as I read the book I was entranced by all of the objects mentioned in it. The clothes, jewelry, telephones, perfume bottles, and other items are a visual treat for those that like collecting […]

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Gentle Fiction for Harsh Times

Fiction can take us to a place where kindness, gentleness, and a sense of community prevail. Try one of these books when you feel like escaping from the harsh realities of life. Dearest Dorothy Are We There Yet by Charlene Ann Baumbich Introduces the colorful inhabitants of Partonville, a small farming town in southern Illinois, including […]

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Favorite Tales of Survival

I’m addicted to tales of survival, whether real or fiction, that show the power of the human spirit to overcome all sorts of obstacles and challenges and live to fight another day.  Here are some of my favorites: Real Life Black Wave: A Family’s Adventure at Sea and the Disaster That Saved Them by John […]

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Prepare Yourself for the Polls

Vote with confidence this November 6th by using Vote 411…a new tool created by the League of Women Voters. Tap into it inside this post.

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One to Inspire: ECPA Book Awards Announced

The Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association recently announced the winners of their annual book awards.  These awards have been given since 1978 and honor fiction and non-fiction books published by Christian publishers.   I always make a point of adding these to my reading list and I have discovered many great reads I wouldn’t have otherwise. […]

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