Bus Reads for March: Quarantine Edition

Commuting to Seattle by bus five days a week gives me a lot of reading time, but in the world of quarantine being home does too! Here’s what I read at home in March:

The World That We KnewBook cover for The World We Knew by Alice Hoffman. Sad and beautiful. I tend to shy away from any books that have to do with WW2 because it just breaks my heart too much. But this novel with it’s mixture of history and magical realism, while still sad, was easier to take in for me. It’s also a novel that has amazing women in it–with all the strength and power they possess. It was awe inspiring to read. A story of motherhood, of loss, of faith, but mostly of love. Continue reading “Bus Reads for March: Quarantine Edition”

Move That Body

One of the things I noticed the most about being home the first few days of self-isolation was my lack of movement. With gyms and some parks and playgrounds closed, and with more people sheltering in place, innovation began to occur. My local yoga studio started doing free yoga classes online via YouTube. Talking to my friends on social media or Facetime, I heard their gyms have created at home workouts to get them through week by week. Not everyone has that kind of access, but the library can help!

Access Video, which has unlimited video-on-demand, can be watched on your computer, tablet, or phone. Access currently has a Yoga, Pilates, and more section right now. It also has something for every age. If you are homeschooling your kids they offer Pilates Kids – one item of note is Study Break Workout: “Refocus, energize, learn better, and have fun with this innovative program that teaches kids simple breathing and exercise techniques that can be performed while seated in a chair at a desk” (Access Video). Continue reading “Move That Body”

Kanopy Has You Covered

Kanopy is a library-provided movie app I have on many devices. I have it on my phone, Apple TV, and our iPad, but it’s not an app I’ve used very often… until now. One of the things I enjoy the most about Kanopy is what it offers breaks me out of my comfort zone. Kanopy also recently offered movies that are credit free viewing so even more incentive to give something new a try.

Thomas Mann and Lily Mae Harrington in Some Freaks (2016)

I recently watched Some Freaks, starring Thomas Mann from Me and  Earl and the Dying Girl, and Lily Mae Harrington, who was amazing to watch. She blew me away. “A charming romance develops between a boy with one eye and an overweight girl, though when she loses her weight after going to college, their relationship is tested in devastating ways they never dreamed would happen” (Kanopy). Multifaceted and real, it went well beyond the idea of a “teen film.”

Jamie Bell in Skin (2018)

This past week my husband and I watched Skin, which to be honest, was intense. “A man makes the dangerous choice to leave the neo-Nazi gang he joined as a teenager. He is determined to start a new life–if he can make it out alive” (Kanopy). This is based on the true story of Bryon Widner featured in the MSNBC documentary Erasing Hate. Philadelphia-based anti-racist activist Daryle Lamont Jenkins, founder of the One People’s Project and Bryon’s wife, Julie were the biggest help in turning his life around. Continue reading “Kanopy Has You Covered”

St. Patrick’s Day and Chill

This St. Patrick’s Day we may find ourselves hunkering down with a movie and drinking at home. That made me think of some of my favorite films over the years that I’ve watched around this time of year.

My absolute favorite when I was a kid was Darby O’Gill and the Little People. My godmother was obsessed with Sean Connery, I mean who wasn’t, but my favorite part was the romance and, of course, I can still sing that song by heart…you know the song right? Pretty Irish Girl.

Oh, she is my dear
my darlin’ one
Her eyes so sparklin’
full of fun

No other, no other
can match the likes of her

Continue reading “St. Patrick’s Day and Chill”

Throwback Thursday: March 31, 2008

Seattle Reads, the arts, and gentrification was the topic in our Throwback Thursday post on March 31, 2008.

Image result for the beautiful things that heaven bears

If you have picked up this year’s Seattle Reads novel, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu you’ve had a chance to get one novelist’s take on some of the issues and pressures that can fracture a community changing in the face of gentrification and immigration.

Facing similar issues, particularly those of gentrification pressures, local Capitol Hill artists, arts activists, neighbors and interested citizens are gathering at Seattle City Hall in April to discuss community concerns about rapidly diminishing affordable space for arts uses in the City’s core neighborhoods. Get details at:

Make Room for Art: Cultural Overlay Districts for Seattle
April 2, 5pm-6:30pm, Seattle City Hall

City Councilmembers will hear from Seattle residents, arts and entertainment venues and organizations, property owners, developers, and officials on how the Council might go about establishing an overlay district to offer incentives and controls in a specific area to encourage or preserve particular kinds of activities, spaces, and/or design. How can the city grow in a healthy balanced way that benefits all? This could be an exciting opportunity to add your voice as “A City Makes Herself.” Continue reading “Throwback Thursday: March 31, 2008”