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Our Unifying Creaturehood
Sunday, June 21 has been declared an International Day of Yoga .  On Sunday yogis- disciplined instructors, first-timers, Hindus, Christians, atheists, athletes, Netflix marathoners- will set aside arguments  and commune in asanas. Yoga is breath.  If you c...

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Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Rachel Watson takes the train into London every day, sits in the same compartment, stops at the same train signals, and observes the same trackside houses at these daily standstills.  One in particular holds her attention because it holds what Rachel imagin...

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Review: Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Let's all agree that Amy Poehler is adorably great.  I love the shows she has appeared in ( Arrested Development ), starred in ( Parks and Recreation ), and produced ( Broad City ).  She never seems to hold back, always giving an honest and unapologetic per...

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Cookie Butter Hot Chocolate
Happy V Day, sweet people! In the spirit of V Day , I want you to do something for me.  Do something today to show yourself that you love you.  Maybe it's watching your favorite movie.  Maybe it's spending the day with your favorite person.  Maybe it's maki...

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Review: Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
Narrated by an unnamed young man who moves into Holiday Golightly's humble New York apartment building, the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's  is an account of Miss Golightly's last months in New York City as told from her quiet upstairs neighbor's perspective...

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Defining Feminism
Feminism is making a comeback.  It's especially talked about on social media, so much so that #womenagainstfeminsim has cropped up as well.  I know feminism is truly awakening from its 1990s-2000s slumber if there is a sizable reaction against that movement...

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Review: The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
Sally Jay Gorce, having just graduated college, is off on a Parisian adventure and her rich uncle is footing the bill.  When we first meet her, she is spending her time doing nothing in particular.  She stays out late with groups of American artists in Fren...

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Literary Criticism Matters
Recently I've been contemplating life questions like why write books, why read books, why talk about books, why bother to write posts containing my humble thoughts on books.  As an English degree-holder, I'd like to think that I did not waste my time and (p...

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Review: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Like Water for Chocolate is a Mexican love story about Tita de la Garza and her family.  Tita has a great talent for cooking all of her family's recipes perfectly.  She also possesses a magical power that adds her emotions to her dishes if she is feeling a ...

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Reading List
The list of books I want to read is constantly a stressful situation for me.  I find myself overwhelmed by the number of titles on my own bookshelf that I haven't read.  Working in a library doesn't help either.  At any given time I have about 20 books and ...
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