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The first newspaper printed in the British colonies in America appeared on September 25, 1690—325 years ago this month. Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick, which was supposed to come out monthly, was shut down by the government four days later, so only one issue was published. The Boston News-Letter had better luck when it started […]

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#TBT: James Dean’s Final Ride

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James Dean rocketed to fame in the early 1950s with three iconic roles playing angry and disillusioned young men. He was a Midwestern boy with dreamy Hollywood looks and the rebellious nature of the Beat Generation. Dean's career came to a sudden end when he crashed his Porsche Spyder on a California highway on September 30, 1955. For this Throwback Thursday, […]

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Darkness and Light: The Marriage of Opposites

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I always relish a new Alice Hoffman book, and I am not disappointed with The Marriage of Opposites; far from it. This is a story of people who defy convention to be their true selves. Rachel always wants her own way, and her father usually lets her have it, until he arranges for her to marry an older man to […]

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Now It’s Fall: Knowledge Ninja Challenge

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The Knowledge Ninja is looking for kindergartners through second-graders to complete this challenge and become Knowledge Ninjas. Use your ninja skills to investigate, then answer the questions below by September 29 to be entered in a raffle to win a prize to help you continue your ninja training. Watch for more challenges coming soon! The days are […]

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Fall into Autumn

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I love the change of seasons, especially autumn. There is nothing like running through fallen leaves and hearing them crunch under your feet. Have you ever wondered why leaves change color in the fall or what to do with all the apples that are available during this season? Try these books to find all your […]

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Top Picks: Ray Charles

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To celebrate the 85th birth anniversary of American music icon Ray Charles, I’m picking my favorite Ray Charles recordings. The Genius of Ray Charles, released in 1959, was Charles’ sixth studio album. Although this album has been criticized for a number of reasons, it still has held up over the years, and Rolling Stone included […]

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Classics of Mars

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With the film adaptation of The Martian (one of our picks for Best of the Best 2014) coming out October 1, here's a look at classic Red Planet reads. Novels about Mars have increased by orders of magnitude since the early 1950s when Ray Bradbury published The Martian Chronicles. In Bradbury's seminal work, Man immigrates to Mars after thoroughly […]

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The Muppets Get Real

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If you've read US Weekly recently, you know there's trouble brewing on the set of the new reality show The Muppets. Most notably, Kermit and Piggy broke up. OMG! In even juicier gossip, Kermit is now dating a new pig, Denise, who works in marketing at ABC. I prefer to remember this frog and swine during their golden times as […]

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#TBT: Jimi Hendrix

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Jimi Hendrix had a short but remarkable career as a musician, and he was at the height of his career when he passed away in London from drug-related asphyxia on September 18, 1970. The Chicago Tribune's "Last Days of a Pop Idol" provides details about his final days. Hendrix had accomplished much during the previous […]

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Do you enjoy ukulele music, the films of Wes Anderson or stick figure drawings? Have you ever made your own terrarium or scoured garage sales for knickknacks which look like they were owned by your great-grandmother? Then congratulations, you belong to the world of twee. But before you feel too proud of yourself, you're not the only […]

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