Bibliotherapy and Me

If you’re unfamiliar with bibliotherapy, it involves much more than suggesting a good book to someone going through a difficult time.

Hero or Traitor?

Anyone else here obsessed with the Serial podcast? I listened to the whole first season in one sitting. Yes, that’s 12 hours. No, I didn’t talk to anyone or move.

Greek Food Festival Season

I love spring and summer, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this happens to be the time of year when my favorite events start popping up: Greek Food Festivals. I think we should just call this time of year Greek Food Festival season.

A Legend For All Times – Beverly Cleary

Today is the 100th birthday of outstanding children’s author Beverly Cleary. She is most well-known for her funny, laugh-aloud, homespun tales featuring Henry Huggins, Beezus, Ramona (the Pest) and the Mouse and the Motorcycle.

One Book, Every Young Child

During April, libraries, schools, Head Start programs, museums, and other organizations throughout Pennsylvania are celebrating and participating in the One Book, Every Young Child program.

The Pirates Home Opener 2016

People go to baseball games for a variety of reasons, because they like the game (my mom [Hi Mom!]), because they like the food and being in a stadium (me) or because they’ve been dragged there by their family (my dad and sister).

I Did It All for the Nookietown

“Recently divorced forty-something single mom Lucy is lonely, a little antsy, and craving physical connection. Then the unthinkable happens: Her trusted, long-married friend Nancy begs Lucy to sleep with her husband … to save her marriage. The plan is outlandish, scandalous, and, to everyone’s astonishment, works like a charm—it’s a win-win-win. Soon the two women develop an underground barter system whereby Nancy’s local married friends subcontract Lucy’s horny divorcée friends to sleep with their sex-starved husbands so the wives don’t have to as often. It’s a foolproof system for a while. Until feelings get hurt, loyalties are tested, and boundaries are crossed.”

The Beauty and Cruelty in Displacement

Deep Singh Blue tells the story of an immigrant Punjabi family living in rural California in the 1980s. The action centers around the teenage Deep Singh, who finds himself in an affair with a married woman in her twenties.

Failed Passes with Flying Colors

Martin Espada’s new poetry collection kicks off with a sonnet cycle that brings a tiny moment in labor history back to life, praising the men and women who put their lives on the line for workers’ rights.