Books & Movies

I Almost Quit Writing; This Book Is Why I Didn’t

 by guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels Earlier this year, I almost quit writing. The hours are endless, the pay is wildly unpredictable, and writing emotionally driven books is draining. So in pursuit of a new career, I took classes, applied for jobs, and imagined a life without deadlines. But […]

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As You Wish

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger Like many people, I have a list of what I call “always-watchable” movies. When I come across one, I’ll stop on a favorite scene or two, or I’ll sometimes watch it from start to finish. Some of them even find their way into my Facebook posts from […]

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Your Life, By Bike

by Elly Blue, writer and bicycle activist An excerpt from Everyday Bicycling: How to Ride a Bike for Transportation (Whatever Your Lifestyle) When I started riding a bike, I didn’t make any wardrobe changes until I had to. At the time, I had a professional office job, so I wore skirts, polyester blouses, and jackets. […]

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Sign Off the Internet and Start Reading Outside

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels Stop reading this blog. It’s summer and you should turn off the Internet, pick up a book, and take it outside to a hammock, a park bench, poolside, or anyplace that makes the polar vortex a distance memory. But before you go… Read […]

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Ode to Tom Robbins

I vividly remember my first Tom Robbins book. It was Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, and I first spotted it in my father’s reading pile. “What on earth,” I thought to myself, “was my dad doing with a book that looked so very interesting?” I did what any good daughter would do: I “borrowed” it. […]

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Laurie David Dishes on Family Dinner

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down for a quick interview with activist, author, and producer Laurie David to discuss her new documentary film Fed Up, which looks into our problematic sugar consumption. We also dove into her book The Family Cooks, and the importance of family dinners. Enjoy! To help families initiate their […]

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Does Art Imitate Life? Uh-oh!

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger I can always count on my sons to introduce a provocative topic into the conversation, one that almost always makes me think about things a little differently. For example, one night we were discussing movies and they asked if I could name any that passed The Bechdel […]

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Love Is Dangerous…Still

The other weekend the Sunday New York Times Book Review had its annual summer reading issue. Now, it’s not like I need any more books to read, since I already have around 50 on my reading pile (almost all nonfiction, which is what I prefer reading these days), so I wasn’t looking for anything special, […]

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