Spider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep

Spiders revenge.jpgSpider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep

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Happy International Literacy Day! You know I love my obscure holidays, but this one has been around for a while in 1966 the UNESCO center founded International Literacy Day to help spread the word about an international crisis, illiteracy. Thomas Jefferson said, “An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.” I take this quote to heart in all my efforts, whether they be here with this blog, in my community with my non-profit, or even at work and home. This year UNESCO’s theme for International Literacy Day is creating a culture of literacy. Continue reading

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The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum

Poisoner's Handbook CoverThe Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum

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Sex, drugs and rock and roll, characterizes the 20th century, but the dangers of this crazy life was nothing compared to the boozy, fast life of the roaring twenties. Or so I learned in my most recent read by Deborah Blum, The Poisoner’s Handbook. I borrowed this book from my mother, and I’d been eyeing it for quite some time. When her and my stepfather would fight, she would casually read the book in front of him, or leave it on her bedside table. She used to joke that she was brushing up for if he didn’t fix his attitude, or whatever it was they were bickering about at any given time. I picked it up now because it fit the Popsugar reading challenge: a book about death. Deborah Blum is a non-fiction writer of some notoriety. She’s won a Pulitzer Prize and is a professor of science journalism at the University of Wisconsin. She also co-edited A Field Guide for Science Writers. When it comes to non-fiction writing, scientific writing, and writing about death, she definitely knows what she is doing. Continue reading