1. Posted on 25 July, 2014

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We all need to disconnect sometimes. Get outside this weekend!

– Alexander

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    We all need to disconnect sometimes. Get outside this weekend!

    – Alexander

  1. Posted on 25 July, 2014

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Woke up to the sound of a drenching thunderstorm outside our cozy Scout Camp cabin. But the rain passed by 6 am. Now we just have to pedal slowly so we don’t catch up to it.
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    Woke up to the sound of a drenching thunderstorm outside our cozy Scout Camp cabin. But the rain passed by 6 am. Now we just have to pedal slowly so we don’t catch up to it.

  1. Posted on 24 July, 2014

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A debut novel by Yelena Akhtiorskaya puts a fresh, comic spin on the age-old coming to America story. Her novel is called Panic in a Suitcase and Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan has a review: 

I can’t tell you the names of my great-grandparents, left behind in Poland and Ireland, because nobody ever mentioned them.  The break was that final.  
These days of course, it’s different.  Within the space of a few hours, people can fly across oceans; through skyping and e-mail, they can electronically commute between Old World and New.  Three cheers for The March of Progress, right?  Except, if you want to make a definitive break how can you when the Old World is always calling you on the phone, texting, and crashing on your living room couch for extended visits? That’s the crucial question Yelena Akhtiorskaya mulls over in her sharply observed and very funny debut novel, Panic in a Suitcase.  Akhtiorskaya, who was born in Odessa and emigrated to the Russian immigrant enclave of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn at the age of seven, writes of the fictional Nasmertov family, whose move from Old World to New imitates her own.  

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    nprfreshair:

    A debut novel by Yelena Akhtiorskaya puts a fresh, comic spin on the age-old coming to America story. Her novel is called Panic in a Suitcase and Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan has a review: 

    I can’t tell you the names of my great-grandparents, left behind in Poland and Ireland, because nobody ever mentioned them.  The break was that final. 

    These days of course, it’s different.  Within the space of a few hours, people can fly across oceans; through skyping and e-mail, they can electronically commute between Old World and New.  Three cheers for The March of Progress, right?  Except, if you want to make a definitive break how can you when the Old World is always calling you on the phone, texting, and crashing on your living room couch for extended visits? That’s the crucial question Yelena Akhtiorskaya mulls over in her sharply observed and very funny debut novel, Panic in a Suitcase.  Akhtiorskaya, who was born in Odessa and emigrated to the Russian immigrant enclave of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn at the age of seven, writes of the fictional Nasmertov family, whose move from Old World to New imitates her own.  

  1. With Help From America’s Test Kitchen, Why Buy When You Can DIY?

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  2. The Salt

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  1. Posted on 24 July, 2014

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It’s not all pie and pork and pedaling. Last night in Mason City we visited the historic Park Inn Hotel downtown. The building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s stunning — as you can see by this wall sized stained glass in the ballroom. (Alas, we slept in our tents, not Mr. Wright’s hotel)
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    It’s not all pie and pork and pedaling. Last night in Mason City we visited the historic Park Inn Hotel downtown. The building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s stunning — as you can see by this wall sized stained glass in the ballroom. (Alas, we slept in our tents, not Mr. Wright’s hotel)

  1. Posted on 24 July, 2014

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Julia Cameron on how to get out of your own way and unblock the “spiritual electricity” of creative flow – a timelessly wonderful read from 1992
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    Julia Cameron on how to get out of your own way and unblock the “spiritual electricity” of creative flow – a timelessly wonderful read from 1992

  1. Posted on 24 July, 2014

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    Happy Throwback Thursday from nprchives and @nprlibrary!

    NPR’s pop culture blog, Monkey See, wishes the Motion Picture Association of America’s PG-13 rating a happy 30th birthday.

    In 1984, Alex Kotlowitz asked moviegoers—parents, kids, and theater ticket sellers—what they thought about the new rating. You can tell it’s the ’80s by the comparisons they make between sex and violence in movies versus the same activities on television or…wait for it…CABLE.

    PG-13 is pre-internet. How do you think this vox pop might be different if Alex went back in a time machine with clips from Breaking Bad and some select YouTube videos? He’d probably get arrested, first, for the time machine and second, for the YouTube content.

    (Found by Kimberly Springer, library intern. Original airdate 07/09/1984 Morning Edition. Photo credit: Runnr1616, Wikimedia Commons.) 

    Do you remember the first PG-13 movie you ever watched?

    – Alexander

  1. "This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World’s Most Amazing Teen" via Linda Poon
Move over, Zack Brown. When Gideon Gidori was 7, he knew he wanted to go into space. Now, the 15-year-old is using potato salad to fund his dream of becoming Tanzania’s first astronaut.
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    "This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World’s Most Amazing Teen" via Linda Poon

    Move over, Zack Brown. When Gideon Gidori was 7, he knew he wanted to go into space. Now, the 15-year-old is using potato salad to fund his dream of becoming Tanzania’s first astronaut.

    – Alexander

    Image via Kickstarter

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  1. Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?
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    Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?

    Your weather alert says there’s a tornado watch. Do you keep your eye out for a funnel cloud, or do you take cover immediately?

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  1. "A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We’re Gone" via Molly Roberts
Ancient peoples sent their dead to the grave with their prized possessions — precious stones, gilded weapons and terracotta armies. But unlike these treasures, our digital property won’t get buried with us. Our archived Facebook messages, old email chains and even Tinder exchanges will hover untouched in the online cloud when we die.
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    "A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We’re Gone" via Molly Roberts

    Ancient peoples sent their dead to the grave with their prized possessions — precious stones, gilded weapons and terracotta armies. But unlike these treasures, our digital property won’t get buried with us. Our archived Facebook messages, old email chains and even Tinder exchanges will hover untouched in the online cloud when we die.

    Image: iStockphoto

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