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  • Under Pressure: Britney Spears, Ernest Hemingway, and Abortion

    Under Pressure: Britney Spears, Ernest Hemingway, and Abortion4

    In her memoir The Woman in Me, Britney Spears reveals that when she and Justin Timberlake were a couple 20 years ago, she became pregnant, and he convinced her to have an abortion. “Justin wasn’t happy about the pregnancy,” writes Spears. “He said we weren’t ready to have a baby in our lives, that we

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  • 25 Traditionalist Books to Read With Your Children

    25 Traditionalist Books to Read With Your Children2

    One of the best things parents can do for their children is read with them. Even reading a few minutes a day makes a world of difference. Literacy is not only the key skill required by almost all education formats but also one of the most influential factors in any learning endeavor. Even children too

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  • Some Thoughts on Halloween and Ray Bradbury

    Some Thoughts on Halloween and Ray Bradbury0

    In 2015, blogger Amanda Russo posted a humorous piece “Why Halloween Is Actually A Pretty Weird Holiday.” As Russo says, on Halloween we encourage our kids to take candy from strangers. We threaten our neighbors with “Trick or Treat.” We spend a chunk of change buying and giving away sugary treats, often to people we

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  • Stuck in a Reading Slump?

    Stuck in a Reading Slump?2

    I have found myself in one of the most frustrating places to be as a reader and a writer. And I am sure we have all experienced such a place at one point or another. I am, of course, referring to that paradoxical reality known as a reading slump. The primary symptom of this ailment—at

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  • What ‘Dracula’ Teaches About Weak Men

    What ‘Dracula’ Teaches About Weak Men6

    Bram Stoker’s Dracula again reminded me: Real men must give their blood. For most, Dracula is a novel about horror. And yes, there are horrifying elements in the book. After all, Dracula is a blood-sucking fiend who stalks his victims, instilling into them a paralyzing fear-like poison that condemns them to a fate worse than

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  • Why Our Bookstores Never Participated in Banned Books Week

    Why Our Bookstores Never Participated in Banned Books Week5

    Banned Books Week, October 1–7, is here again. Bookstores and libraries across the country will feature displays of what they call banned books. Some mainstream news outlets will offer editorials and articles denouncing censorship in places like school and public libraries. We’ll doubtless hear this year’s theme and slogan, “Let Freedom Read,” repeated from these

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