Library Sales – Find Great Books, Support Local Causes

If you’re looking for budget books, keep tabs on your city libraries’ events. This last month, the Mesa Public Library hosted their semiannual used book sale. As it was only two days – Friday and Saturday – the enthusiasm...

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What a Teacher Wants: Reading Recommendations from a 2nd Grade Teacher

Teachers make fabulous friends, especially for a reader. A friend of mine teaches 2nd grade at a public school, though she started with 4th, then moved to 3rd, and has come to rest in 2nd grade. There she has all...

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A Bit of Bookstore Tourism

On a recent writing-related trip, I decided to spice things up by visiting bookstores in the area I would be visiting. This little bit of bookstore tourism made me realize a couple of things. First, I want to do...

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Writing Retreats: Get Away From it All to Write it All

Imagine sitting down to write in a beautiful spot, up in the mountains, away from distractions and demands on your time and energy. You’ve got a comfortable chair, space for your power cords, an endless supply of your favorite...

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Creativity and Mental Illness

Some time ago, a member of one of my online writing groups shared an infographic to the group feed that stated, “Writers are 121% more likely to suffer from mental illness than the general population.” Folks with an even temper...

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Bookish Buddies – Making and Keeping Book-loving Friends

Reading, as any hobby, often improves with companionship. Though sitting down with a good book only requires a seat, a book, and you, a love of reading brings people together in a unique way. Finding friends who like to read...

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Get That Nature Out of My Yard!

It’s safe to say I’m an animal person. Eight laying hens, a spoiled tortoise, and a little mutt dog live in my backyard. A betta fish lives in a luxury condo fish tank on my dresser. At 3:30 AM, however, I...

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A Passion for Green Things

Passion shapes our lives, especially when we pursue it. I would have minored in botany, if I’d had the chance. Plants, especially strong ecosystems of them in a friendly climate, fascinate me. The desert landscape (like the one I see every...

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A Case for Small Storytellers

Statistically speaking, there are aspiring writers out there who will become very successful with high sales and many awards. The more part of us will land on the ridiculously wide spectrum that runs from "writing only for ourselves" to "publishing...

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Getting Back to Reading for Fun

I’ve heard adults from all walks of life say “I’d like to get back to reading, but…” Their reasons for wanting to read again (and for not reading now) vary, but here are a few common ones: Time; not enough time! I...

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