Dear POTUS: Read a book.

“Still, Mr. Trump, who does not read books, is able to end his evenings with plenty of television.” —The New York Times, January 25, 2017

The President of the United States does not read books. This should terrify you.

Books are how we first explore our world. Even the children of jet-setters and globetrotters probably read Clifford the Big Red Dog or Spot the Dog. Whether you were an overachiever in childhood who enjoyed heavy tomes or a kid who liked Goosebumps, every time you picked up a book—or someone read a book to you—you were broadening your horizons. You got to know talking dogs and turtles and become better acquainted with magic, yes. But you also traveled to distant lands and learned about jobs you didn’t yet know existed. You learned how to make friends and what kind of fun you could have out in the world. You learned to be careful and you learned not to hate people based on their appearance. Continue reading Dear POTUS: Read a book.

10 Things Bathsheba Everdene taught me about Valentine’s Day

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD (2015)
Like a boss.

Far from the Madding Crowd is a novel written by Thomas Hardy (no, not that one; I know, sorry) that follows the romantic (and farm-related) trials and travails of Bathsheba Everdene. Bathsheba is a beautiful, clever young woman who finds herself trying to make sense of the affections of three men: a shepherd she met in her hometown before inheriting her uncle’s farm a few towns over; a crazed older farmer; and a piece of crap with a sword. Continue reading 10 Things Bathsheba Everdene taught me about Valentine’s Day