Somehow, the fruitcake became exclusively associated with the Christmas season. When and how did this happen? Your guess is as good as mine. more

Nov 28, 2017 3:24 PM Engage

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"...it’s rare to find a gender-fluid character in a main position, but that’s where author Linsey Miller places hers" more

Nov 13, 2017 12:15 PM Engage

How did Thanksgiving come about? When did it become an official holiday? How have the traditions surrounding this holiday evolved? And why does the President "pardon" a turkey every year? more

Nov 10, 2017 2:39 PM Engage

Making Midcentury Modern

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A book review of "Making Midcentury Modern" more

Nov 9, 2017 11:40 AM Engage

This healthy custard pie recipe combines the flavors of gingerbread and eggnog into a festive holiday dessert. more

Nov 7, 2017 10:35 AM Engage

"Without a doubt, “The Pants Project” is a good book, for kids or adults. It’s also a great reminder that adolescence is hard, kids are mean, support is key " more

Sep 15, 2017 10:40 AM Engage

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Unless you can overlook its padding, “My Son Wears Heels” is no shoe-in. more

Sep 13, 2017 2:30 PM Engage

Road Trip

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Q Virginia has put together a list of some of our favorite road trip movies that have LGBTQ characters or themes. These films illuminate many ways that travelling can help us see the worlds—and ourselves—in a different light. more

Sep 7, 2017 4:00 PM Engage

Somebody To Love

Terri Schlichenmeyer

Authors Richards & Langthorne did an exhaustive job with the biography of Queen front man, Freddie Mercury, but that’s not all: this is also a surprising biography of the AIDS epidemic, beginning more than a century ago. more

Sep 4, 2017 3:00 PM Engage

Remember the Ladies

Angela P. Dodson

For their troubles, one would assume that the hardy colonial women might be held in high regard and rewarded with all the benefits of citizenhood when the new nation eventually emerged out of the colonies, but they were not. more

Sep 1, 2017 12:25 PM Engage


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