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Gardening in Miniature

Gardening is cathartic in ways that people who don’t mind temporary messes or dirty fingernails can appreciate. There is satisfaction in even simple jobs like weeding and the end most certainly justifies the means. Fanatical gardeners dig in the dirt most anytime, weather be damned. There are times, however, when gardening outside is neither possible nor practical. That’s when gardening in miniature fits the bill and satisfies the obsession.

Stillness Speaks, by Eckhart Tolle

A Moment of Happiness

Books to help you live a more fulfilled, peaceful life

From time to time, we all need a little bit of motivation, a little bit of spirituality, and a little bit of peace to enjoy, if not every moment, at least most of the moments of our lives. This is not new. Since the dawn of time, we've been searching for ways to achieve inner peace and fulfillment, and "being in the present moment" is a phrase that I'm sure you've heard before. Sages throughout history have considered this moment - the here and the now - as the only moment in which life exists, in which life breathes, in which we are.

California

Not with a Bang. . .

Post-apocalyptic books not about the Apocalypse

Post-apocalyptic stories - a sub-genre of science fiction - usually are misnamed. Instead of focusing on what happens after society collapses, they narrate the dramatic, action packed moment of crisis in which the world as we know it ends. These books are often very plot focused, moving at a quick pace with little character development. But there is another kind of post-apocalyptic book: one that is not really about the apocalyptic event at all. These books - a few of which are listed here - tend to be more literary fiction.

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Pig Tales

They're round, pink and curly-tailed.  Pigs as main characters have appeared in children's literature for decades - think Piglet, Wilbur, and Babe. Kids today find them just as adorable as their parents did and fortunately, these newer characters are plentiful. Here is a mini selection of "Pig Tales" for young children, so go hog wild and get acquainted with some darling pigs.  Board Books (Ages Birth-3)

Our story begins: new and selected stories by Tobias Wolff

A Little Escape from Reality

A stressful day? Don’t have time for this and that? Want to start a new book but can’t commit, yet the need for an escape from your mundane daily routine nags at you? Well, reading a short story might remedy your plight. You ask how, and I say: it’s short enough to fit into your hectic life and good enough to provide you a contained but transcendental experience of great fiction. Here are five amazing short story collections:

How to Be a Victorian

So You Want to Be a Victorian?

Nonfiction Books on Life in Victorian Times

There's something about the Victorian era that so many people - myself included - find enchanting and idyllic. I feel like every time that old cocktail party question "If you had to live in a different time period, which would you choose?" comes up, several people always gush "Ohh, Victorian London, definitely." Full disclosure: I have for sure been one of those gushing people at times. But then I thought Ehhh, would I really want to?

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Celebrate Women in Horror Month

Celebrate Women in Horror Month this February 28 at the Northeast Library.    At 6:30 p.m., there will be readings from the D.C. Women in Horror Month 2017 Anthology.  From 7-8:30 p.m. we will screen an independent film, "The Good Sisters".  

On writing : a memoir of the craft

Friends You Need While Writing

You have a story to tell, a story that only you know the best. The urge to share that story washes over you and you begin to write and everything is fine... until you hit the wall.  That’s when you need a friend to tell you your steps and whisper precious advice into your ears, for writing a book is like a thousand mile journey, long and arduous, complicated and mysterious, full of unsought twists in dark woods. Here I have collected five of the best friends you could ever imagine having with you, just in case you stumble on something. 

All is Not Forgotten

Books That Have Probably Been Called "The Next 'Gone Girl'" On Some Other List

Were you one of the many who devoured Gone Girl?  Rushed out and grabbed that next modern-mystery high with The Girl on the Train?

Tupac Resurrection

Film Screening: 'Tupac Resurrection'

"All I'm trying to do is survive and make good out of the dirty, nasty, unbelievable lifestyle that they gave me." - Tupac Shakur  

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