2018 Reading Year in Review

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2018 brought many changes into my life, but my reading habits remained intact. I reread many of my favorites including most of Robin Hobb’s fantasy works and some of Elizabeth Peter’s Peabody Mysteries. I also participated in Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge again. My choices for the challenges are listed below. I saved the best for last and read The Velveteen Rabbit to my daughter. I anticipate enjoying more books together and more trips to the library with her next … Read More

Book Review: Algorithms of Oppression

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Big data algorithms can do some amazing things for society. They help us find information online, display advertisements for merchandise we might buy, recommend news articles we would be interested in, and provide new insights for research and development. They act as a mirror to reflect not only what we want but what we need. Unfortunately, this mirror also displays, even amplifies, our ugliest aspects. Author Safiya Umoja Noble focuses in on this problem with Google and its effects on … Read More

Breasts, Bottles, and Formula: Feeding Information Hospitals Often Withhold from New Parents

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When I read this recent article from the BBC, Bottle Feeding is a Woman’s Right, Midwives Told, it hit home with my experiences of our first child this year. I was glad to see it, but wished medical practitioners here in the U.S. were given the same instruction. Once we knew we were expecting our little one, we took all the baby classes our hospital had to offer. My Saturday mornings were booked for a month. We bought the books. … Read More

Getting Started With Paper Marbling

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Paper marbling is by far my favorite arts and crafts activity. You can buy a paper marbling kit or make due with the supplies you have lying around the house. You can research old-school techniques and patterns or go crazy and experiment. The end results are always fantastic. Supplies: Tray for marbling Tray for rinsing marbled paper Acrylic paints Small stick (or in my case a plastic fork) Containers to mix paint Strips of paper for clean up Paper Carrageenan … Read More

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