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Mid-Year Book Review — The Best of 2017… So Far

I have read a pile of good books this year. A top 5 list at the end of the year just wasn’t going to do justice to them all, so I am posting a mid-year book report. These are my top 5 for the first half of 2017 along with those books that I would recommend reading and, finally, those that just didn’t quite hit the mark for me.   5. The Memoir Club, Laura Kalpakian Since I am currently...

New Skill Acquired… Metalsmithing

One of my “life list” goals is to be constantly learning something new (Life List post coming soon!). This past winter, a friend of mine told me that she had recently become involved with the Bellingham Metal Arts Guild. When she told me about the classes, I was instantly intrigued. I have always been interested in metalwork, specifically as it pertains to jewelry, but the cost of all the necessary tools made dabbling in this field cost prohibitive. These classes offered a chance to...

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Starting a Travel Journal

The Christmas before our world trip, I gave everyone — my husband, two sons, and even myself — a small journal. Each was a different color and had a different saying that I imagined suited each of us. Mine was “LIVE A LIFE YOU LOVE.” Eight months later when we packed our backpacks and headed out into the world, I am the only one that brought along said journal. Maybe it’s because the rest of the travelers are male or...

5 Favorite Books of 2016 and 20 Others That Weren’t

I read 25 books in 2016. Ok, maybe I didn’t “read” them – I  listened to them. I really don’t think there is a difference, but my husband insists that I can’t say I “read” a book if I only listened to it. Whatever… read, listen… it’s all the same to me. Here are my top 5 from 2016… 5. Small Great Things: A Novel, Jodi Picoult Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins...