Create, Don’t Procrastinate!

With the wintry weather lately, it's no wonder that National Procrastination Week is March 8-14. Why don't you fight the urge to put it off by dipping into your productive and creative side? Bird by Bird contains  some of the most practical advice for creativity and life in general I've ever read. Taking its namesake from advice her […]

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Women Writers to Admire: Anne Lamott

As a wannabe fiction writer, I've read endless pretentious writing manuals. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott shocked me by making me laugh. In fact, I LOLed. She's not only hilarious, but she strips the writing process of its mysticism. Like anyone else, she trudges through the forest of fiction writing without a magic formula. She graciously gives us permission to write […]

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Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler

I've always enjoyed visiting my sister in Louisiana in February. Not only is it much warmer there than in Chicago, but I really love Mardi Gras season. The season officially begins in January, but most of the festivals and parades happen in February, with one last big party on “Fat Tuesday.” People throughout Louisiana, and […]

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Extraordinary Biographies for Extraordinary Girls

March is Women's History Month, but these compelling picture book biographies will make you want to celebrate women year round! Brave Girl: Clara Lemlich may have been tiny, but she was one brave girl! Discover how this brave five-foot tall factory worker from the Ukraine organized one of the most influential labor strikes in American history. Illustrated by […]

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Women Who Solo…Travel.

"On my 10th birthday a bicycle and an atlas coincided as gifts, and a few days later I decided to cycle to India...However, I was a cunning child so I kept my ambition to myself, thus avoiding the tolerant amusement it would have provoked among my elders." —Dervla Murphy Long before Elizabeth Gilbert ate, prayed […]

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Female Hysteria

Call us whatever you like: females, women, girls, ladies, babes. I'm sorry if any of these terms offend you. I'm not trying to make you girls angry. All I really want to do is share the names of some really funny chicks and the books they've written. By funny, I don’t mean that they are […]

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