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What to Wear: 1960s Version

This coming Thursday (May 30, 2019) I’m having a release party for All Manner of Things at Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, MI. Just for a little fun, I’ve invited people to dress up in their best 1960s inspired outfits. Everyone who does…

#FBF: 5 Groundbreaking Shows of the 1960s

The 1960s was a great decade for television. People enjoyed many (MANY) hours around the tube watching variety shows, comedies, and dramas. But it wasn’t just an era of entertaining TV, there was a whole lot of groundbreaking. Today I’m highlighting five shows that…

#FBF: Make-up trends of the 1960s

I’ll admit it, I’ve never been much of a make-up loving girl. As a matter of fact, I’ve only figured out how to put on eyeliner in the past 6 months. Friends, I’m 41 years old! But I am a fan of 1960s make-up…

What to Read Next — Books By My Friends

You know what I love? Being able to recommend a good book. What do I love even more? When that good book is written by a friend of mine. I have the good fortune of having many author friends whose work I greatly admire….

Readerly Confession: the part of the book I don’t read

If you follow me on Instagram you no doubt already know that books have basically taken over my life. Books and the cat. And coffee. And ridiculous selfies. But mostly books. My entire literate life has been spent with a nose stuck in a…

Good Enough in a Perfection Obsessed World

 Hands up in you’re a perfectionist. I see ya. Yup, you, too. And over there. You know, there are those who might be surprised to see my hand waving in the air like I just don’t care. I mean, I do care.  A lot….

#FBF: 51 years and 1 day ago

Fifty-one years and one day ago Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. On that day, Robert Kennedy was in Indianapolis for a presidential campaign rally. But instead of campaigning, Kennedy announced the death of King. His speech was improvised, empathetic, and — despite the…

Ove and Emil and winning a smile

A Man Called Ove has been on my list of hyped books to read for two or three years. I’d look at it when I visited the bookstore, nearly adding it to my pile. But then something always prevented me. Then I saw that…

#FBF: Beach Party Movies

When one thinks of the 1960s one typically thinks of the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, women’s liberation, burning draft cards, and… Beach Party movies. From 1963 to 1968 teens were wild for movies set on the beach. They all had the same…

What pain has taught me

I’ve been struggling with frequent migraines for the past few years. It’s not the most fun part of my life, so I very rarely talk about it. Who wants to talk about a big bummer all the time? Not me! But the experience of…

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