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Living, Local / April 26, 2017

Spring Fever: Events & Activities in and around Northern Delaware

Happy Spring, everyone!  The weather here in Delaware has been so unpredictable lately.  We’ve seen everything from snow to 75-degree days over the last two weeks, but I’m cautiously optimistic that the worst of the wintry weather is behind us.  The sun is shining a little brighter, my house plants have perked up, and everything seems to be saying “ahhhhhh”.I don’t know about you, but when it’s cold out, I have a tendency to go into introvert hibernation mode and spend most of my free time camped out in the comfort of our house with a cozy blanket and Netflix or a good book.  Now that spring is officially here, I’m looking forward to getting outside and taking advantage of all our local area has to offer.Here are a few of the events, sights, and activities in and around Delaware I’m…

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Musings, Opinion / April 26, 2017

To the Good and Righteous People of the Internet Who are Offended By the P-Word… But, You Know… Only When Women Say It:

The below video is making the rounds on my social media feeds today.  It illustrates with indignation, as the most graphic and publicized celebrity quotes from last weekend’s Women’s March are replayed with captions, that “our children are watching” and ends with a pointed question:”What message does that send?”(Credit: Washington Free Beacon)Mimicking Hillary Clinton’s (in)famous Role Models campaign ad, the video’s point is well taken; there are certainly ways to champion a cause without resorting to profane language or sexually explicit imagery.But the video doesn’t tell the whole story.The Women’s March did not happen in a vacuum, and moral commentary on the March that ignores all of the events leading up to it is woefully incomplete.”Our children are watching”?Yes, they are.Our children were also watching when Donald Trump said one offensive and profane statement after…

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Living, Musings, Vegan Food / April 26, 2017

How I Became a Vegan…No New Year’s Resolution Required

Ah, New Year’s Resolutions… those little declarations of hopeful intent, those noble statements of purpose that begin with the best of intentions but often end in disappointment and self-loathing…*sigh*Ok, ok.  I know I’m being a teensy bit melodramatic, but I make a list of resolutions every year, and every year, I neglect them.  (Sound familiar?)  Life has a way of derailing even the best made plans and often does.  So this year, I didn’t make any.  That’s right; 2017 is on track to become the year of doing – not planning, not resolving, just doing.Case in point: I’m a vegan now!  I know that makes it sound like it was a decision I made on a whim, but it came about very organically.A little background: For the last 10 years or so, I have been a pescetarian, which means I ate…

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Book Reviews, Musings / April 26, 2017

Review: Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Title: Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to LeadAuthor: Sheryl SandbergGenres: Biography & Memoir, BusinessPublisher: Knopf (March 11, 2013)Format: Hardcover (240 pages)ISBN: 978-0385349949My Rating: 4/5Let me start by telling you what Lean In is NOT: Sandberg’s part-memoir/part-feminist call to action/part-career guide is not a perfect, one-size-fits-all road map for every woman; it is not an all-encompassing solution to the very deep-rooted and complex issue of women’s inequality in corporate America and throughout the world; and it is not a book that claims to know, firsthand, the struggles of the underprivileged or racial minorities.Sandberg makes clear that Lean In is just an opening dialogue to a much larger conversation.  She also acknowledges that her experience as a Harvard-educated, affluent, white woman is one of privilege, and she…

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Musings, Opinion / April 12, 2017

Positively Political: Rejecting Old-Hat Party Politics in 2016

When did negativity become so damn synonymous with politics?I know how naive that sounds.  In truth, politics have always had an inherent aspect of negativity.  For as long as there have been political issues and cultural divides, there have been parties on one side voicing criticism of the other.  The better question may be: when did we let negativity hijack the national discourse?  When did it become more about what the other person is doing wrong than about what we are doing right, or better yet, what we can all do together?In the three presidential election cycles that have passed since I’ve been of voting age, I have witnessed negative messaging take on new, insidious and increasingly visible forms.  The prevalence of social media hasn’t helped.  We now live in a 24-hour media culture, where a 140-character Tweet seemingly has the power to divide…

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Book Reviews, Musings / April 12, 2017

Review: Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani

Title: Trail of Broken WingsAuthor: Sejal BadaniGenres: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s FictionPublisher: Lake Union Publishing (May 1, 2015)Format: Paperback (370 pages)ISBN: 978-1477822081My Rating: 3.5/5 Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani deals with heavy themes of domestic abuse and the emotional and physical destruction left in its wake.  With that in mind, I would not say that I enjoyed this book, but rather that I considered it a meaningful, worthwhile read – moving, and at times, heartbreaking.At its core, Broken Wings is a character study, providing dark and vivid insights into the burdened lives of its central characters, their Indian culture, and their struggle to build and maintain relationships in America, beneath shadows of secrets and painful histories.The story unfolds in layers, with each chapter narrated from the point of view (sometimes first person, sometimes not) of three sisters, Sonya…

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