Friday News Bites: Loretta Lynch, Calbuco Volcano, SCIENCE! + More

If you need a reason to eat ALL the cheese, then this is the Friday News Bites for you. Let’s get started:

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Read More Poetry: Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith

How do I even begin to tell you how wonderful Life on Mars is? Tracy K. Smith’s poetry fills me with peace and such joy, even when she writes about how inhuman we can be. Read More Read More Poetry: Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith

Poetry Corner: “Leisure” by W.H. Davies

We all have poems that stay with us, don’t we? I remember finding “Leisure” in my Grandmother’s copy of Palgrave’s Golden Treasury. It was the most beautiful little book. A hardback in the kind of green that reminds me of meadows and paddocks. So here, to escape into poetry for a few minutes, is “Leisure” by W.H. Davies:
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P-Mag Birthday Giveaway! FLESH: Poems and Photos by Tyson Habein

Do you like unusual arty books with poetry? Then let me shamelessly promote Flesh: Poems and Photos by Tyson Habein.

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Poetry Corner: “There’s a certain Slant of light” by Emily Dickinson

This is a poem that I came across thanks to a certain YA novel. It’s a poem that I feel I need to keep coming back to; like there’s something more to find each time. So here is “There’s a certain Slant of light” by Emily Dickinson to wind its way through your mind for a few minutes. Can you spot the YA reference, too? Read More Poetry Corner: “There’s a certain Slant of light” by Emily Dickinson

Remedies for Loneliness

I’ve been spending a lot of alone time lately, partly by choice and partly involuntarily. I suppose I can blame it on the recent chaos that’s occurred in my life, or maybe to the summertime sadness I’ve developed, a la Lana Del Rey (also, damn you Lana). But as I slowly try to get myself out of this slump, I’ve been trying different things to remedy the onset of loneliness — in healthy ways, of course.

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Record Machine: Dream of Life by Patti Smith

For how much I enjoy and respect Patti Smith, I own far too little of her music. On CD, I have 1996’s Gone Again and 2000’s Gung Ho, and that’s it. I don’t even have Horses yet, which I realize is a major gap, particularly since the time leading into that album is so lovingly documented in one of my favorite books, her memoir Just Kids. Dream of Life is my first vinyl purchase from her discography.

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Holiday Gift Guide for Your Favorite Fanatical Feline Fancier

I am so freaking sick of “Crazy Cat Lady.” Can we retire that already and replace it with Fanatical Feline Fancier? And who doesn’t love a little alliteration?  Read More Holiday Gift Guide for Your Favorite Fanatical Feline Fancier