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Author: Clarissa Fidler

Love your heart: Local resources for American Heart Month

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on February 2, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Clarissa Fidler A week ago I woke up around 4am with intense pain, unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I got out of bed and walked up the stairs like a hunchback, clutching my chest and abdomen. I only made it to the living room before the pain forced me to the floor. Scared and […]

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Mixtape: Festive holiday albums

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on December 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Clarissa Fidler Music is an essential part of the holidays for me. The day after Thanksgiving, my family typically switches over to all Christmas music, all the time. And with Christmas only a few days away, you better believe that I have Michael Bublé’s Christmas album merrily blasting away in my car. With so many good Christmas alb […]

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Liquid Lit: Holiday edition

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on November 25, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Clarissa Fidler Reading Christmas books together as a family is one of my favorite traditions. Even though my siblings and I are all grown-up now, we still love to have my mom read us Christmas stories when we get together for the holidays. The one thing that makes story time even better—a delicious beverage. […]

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How to have a Pinterest-worthy holiday season without going crazy

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on November 4, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Clarissa Fidler Halloween is over and November is upon us, which means the holiday season is kicking into high gear. Thanks to lifestyle magazines, blogs, Instagram, and especially Pinterest, we’re bombarded with images of the perfect holiday decor, gourmet meals made from scratch, and seemingly easy DIY gifts. I’m an admitted Pinte […]

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Mixtape: Contemporary ladies of country music

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on September 24, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Clarissa Fidler Growing up my dad exposed me to a variety of music genres. He played everything from smooth jazz and disco to pop and classic rock. But of all the genres we listened to, one always reigned supreme—country. It probably had something to do with the fact that it was my mom’s favorite. Modern […]

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The revealing nature of food

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on September 9, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Clarissa Fidler I’m still trying to recover from a recent viewing of The Supersizers Go…Restoration episode. Brits in the 1660’s consumed a disgusting amount of meat and ale. The average person drank two liters of ale a day and vegetables were considered unsafe to eat because they grew in the dirt. Venison was the […]

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6 Twitter accounts book lovers should follow

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on August 19, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Clarissa Fidler The Twitter-verse is vast and teeming with endless information, including all the latest book news and information. If you’re a book lover who tweets on the regular, you’re probably already following staples like @BuzzFeedBooks and @HuffPostBooks, who both share book reviews, articles, and news at a rapid pace. Howeve […]

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Exploring the lives of imaginary friends: 5 books for kids & grown-ups

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on August 5, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Clarissa Fidler Bing Bong, Jacques Papier, Beekle, and Sean Murphy—what could those names possibly have in common? Are they even real? Well, believe it or not, the aforementioned names all belong to imaginary friends you’ll find in current books, TV shows, and movies. Studies report that over a third (37%) of children create an […]

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5 eBooks for comic and cosplay fans

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Teens on July 21, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Clarissa Fidler Summer is the season for superheroes. Between the numerous comicons and superhero blockbuster movies, characters like Black Widow, Mad Max, and Ant-Man are front and center. While I thoroughly enjoy Marvel action movies like The Avengers and Iron Man, I admit that I’m a novice when it comes to true superhero knowledge. […]

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Little Free Libraries: Hope for the Future

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on July 7, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Clarissa Fidler Turn south onto Conklin Road from Sprague Ave and you’ll find a vacant field nestled between a credit union and a large apartment complex. A sign bearing the words “Future home of Conklin Road library” stands a couple hundred feet away from the property’s only other structure: a newly installed Little Free […]

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