Keep Calm, Slow Down and Open Yourself Up to Life’s Little Pleasures [REVIEW]

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Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer knows all kinds of ways we can relax. She shares them with us in her new book, 1,001 Ways to Slow Down. (Photo by Björn Söderqvist, Flickr)

Author Jane Austen once said, “Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.” This comes from a woman who was born in 1775, long before the Information Age, which has whipped all of us into a frenzy, hurtling us through life at the speed of light. Cell phones. Twitter. The Internet. Twenty-four hour news cycles. It gets to the best of us, which is why I love the new book, 1,001 Ways to Slow Down: A Book of Everyday Calm. Here, bestselling author Barbara Ann Kipfer reminds us about all the many ways to unwind.  Read more of this post

How Books Have Influenced My Life [INTERVIEW]

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Heather and colleague Sarah Silverthorne cook up some fun at the public library. (Photo by Adrienne R. Morton)

Books are my life. It seems like I’m either reading them, shelving them, reviewing them, checking them out to patrons, or chatting with authors and publishers about what is coming out next. I’ve spent most of my adulthood working at various libraries across the country, so I typically have a lot to say on the topic. And on rare occasions some folks decide I might make a good interview subject because of my voracious literary appetite! Two weeks ago, Adrienne R. Morton with the Friends of the Library came by to chat with me, and I thought I’d share that piece with you here. I hope you enjoy the interview and some of the pictures I’ve posed for during the past year! Read more of this post

Crowds Come Out In Droves For Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day [PHOTOS]

We’ve always loved Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s, and it’s the same no matter where we go. This year we went out to Cape Cod to celebrate the occasion at the store in North Eastham, and even in the off season, we weren’t alone. Read more of this post

Our First Time On The Cape

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Jathan at Falmouth Harbor (Photo by Heather Fink/Jadeworks Entertainment)

Now that Spring has arrived, we are taking advantage of the longer and warmer days by venturing out and exploring the terrain. Yesterday, we headed east, crossed the Cape Cod Canal and drove to Falmouth, a charming, picturesque seaside village with great shopping, delicious food and an absolutely stunning view! Read more of this post

The Old Mill Is A Photographer’s Paradise [PHOTOS]

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When we travel, it is always fun to find an out-of-the-way place that is both picturesque and relaxing to visit. During our trip to North Little Rock this weekend for the Bon Jovi concert, we pulled up Trip Advisor on my cell phone to see if there was anything we should stop and see while we were in town. One of the off-the-beaten-path destinations it listed was the Old Mill at T.R. Pugh Memorial Park. So we decided to check it out, and boy were we glad we did!

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