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The moral (and mental) rightness of minimalism: more lessons learned

This topic keeps recurring for me. It's a current focus of my life, a daily practice, as I continue the nesting process. It's also an about-face, a total change from the old me. Post-Scotland, I am not the person I was. I can't immediately think of one way this isn't a positive. For years I've …

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Our bodies our punching bags: Roxane Gay’s ‘Hunger’

“We don’t necessarily know how to hear stories about any kind of violence, because it is hard to accept that violence is as simple as it is complicated, that you can love someone who hurts you, that you can stay with someone who hurts you, that you can be hurt by someone who loves you, …

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Facing forward, resuming reading and writing.

There are good moments and less good ones, no way to go but forward. I'm making peace with things, though that doesn't mean I look back with no regrets. I do. I learned much about myself in the course of my Highland Fling, not all pretty. Then, I'm learning a lot about my resiliance, too. …

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The Hours Before Dawn by Celia Fremlin (re-issue)

  A young mother feels her sanity slipping from sheer exhaustion. Her baby isn't sleeping and her husband's frustration nearly pushes her over the edge. To make ends meet, they take in a lodger. But when strange things begin happening, Louise and her husband both get the feeling they've seen this woman before. But where? …

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Jane Austen Bicentenary: 1817 – 2017

  Tomorrow marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen. Austenites world-wide have been in a tizzy of activity all year, organizing programs and events scheduled out past the bicentenary date. Every site associated with her life will be buzzing this summer, converged upon by fans the world over. Joining them in their …

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New books about Austen, Woolf and the Brontës

  2017: A Year of Literary Nonfiction Celebrating British Women Writers Hat tip to nonfiction scribblers assiduously churning out new literary biographies and criticism about these iconic female authors each and every year. Convinced surely there could be no new angle, I’m always pleasantly surprised when out pops a new one. Wherever this New Idea …

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