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Links: The Nanny, Britney Spears, & More

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Hey hey! It’s Wednesday! How have you all been? The last couple weeks have been an absolute blur. Not sure why. The weather has been stupidly nice here and, so far, not an allergy to be had. Fingers crossed they’ve flown the coop for good! Let’s get ready for links! … I know we’ve talked about The Nanny and fashion before in Wednesday Links, which is why I went nuts for this interview with the show’s … Continue reading Links: The Nanny, Britney Spears, & More

Links: Biscuits, History, & More

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Happy Wednesday! We’re in April! Whoa! Will I celebrate another pandemic birthday? Who knows! But I will be fully vaccinated by then and I will walk my happy ass to the grocery store and buy a bakery sheet cake with ALL THE BUTTERCREAM. I also had my first eyebrow wax and haircut in over a year and I nearly cried. We’re almost there, friends! … Loved this profile on the Wikipedia editors who are dedicating … Continue reading Links: Biscuits, History, & More

Links: Fashion, Horses, & More

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Hi, friends! It’s Wednesday! It also, for me, doesn’t feel like a Wednesday, but the last two weeks or so have had some weird energy. I also get my first vaccine shot tomorrow morning. Massachusetts is heading into phase three that allows for retail and food service workers to get vaccinated. It still feels kind of surreal. It’s also St. Patrick’s Day! Hope you enjoy some soda bread or maybe even a Guinness. However you … Continue reading Links: Fashion, Horses, & More

Kickass Women in History: Queen Nanny

This month in Kickass Women in History we salute Queen Nanny (also known as Granny or Grandy Nanny and Nanny of the Maroons) a hero of Jamaican history. Jamaica’s original inhabitants were the Arawak and Taino people. Upon Columbus’ landing in 1494, the island became the property of Spain and most of the Arawaks and Tainos were murdered or killed by disease. Spain “imported” African slaves, many of whom escaped during the violent transition from … Continue reading Kickass Women in History: Queen Nanny

Links: Deep Dives and Samoyeds

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Hey hey! It’s still February and here in New England, we’re getting lots of snow. I still very much love the snow. I find it so magical and peaceful, and it helps that I don’t really have to leave the house. Valentine’s Day is this Sunday! I hope you’re doing something nice for yourself. I bought myself a fancy box of chocolate and my boyfriend and I are doing a special dumpling takeout dinner Sunday … Continue reading Links: Deep Dives and Samoyeds

Links: All Things Happy, Neat, & Weird

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Next week is Christmas. How did that happen? Next week also kicks off our Best Of content – Cover Snark, reviews, podcasts, sales, and our favorite books of the year. I love reading the comments and seeing what you were and weren’t expecting. Maybe even more so given how wild the year has been. … Whenever I get the opportunity to talk to authors, I love to ask them what they’re reading and loving. NetGalley … Continue reading Links: All Things Happy, Neat, & Weird

Kickass Women in History: Virginia Hall

This month I’ve been reading about Virginia Hall, one of our better known Kickass Women. Virginia Hall was an American spy who recruited and organized resistance workers in France during WWII. She had a brilliant mind, a relentless work ethic, and an unparalleled ability to keep secrets and evade discovery despite being a tall, beautiful American who spoke French with a distinctly American accent and who walked with the aid of a wooden leg named … Continue reading Kickass Women in History: Virginia Hall

Links: History, Emily Bronte, & More

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Welcome to Wednesday Links! On Wednesdays, we share things from around the internet. It’s that simple! The year is chugging along and we’re fast approaching September. How?! I know many of us are already looking forward to 2020 being over, but I can’t help by wonder what else this year has in store for us. I thought things would have peaked at murder hornets, but nope. Stay safe, y’all! … The romance community is currently … Continue reading Links: History, Emily Bronte, & More

Kickass Women in History: Balloonomania Belles

Today’s Kickass Women doubles as a SQUEE grade book review. Balloonomania Belles by Sharon Wright is a comprehensive, fun, and sometimes harrowing look at female aeronauts (who flew balloons) and parachutists (who jumped out of them) from the first days of ballooning through the Edwardian Era. This book is easy to read, well organized, and comprehensive. However, it’s not very technical so for the mechanics of ballooning and parachuting, you’ll want to look elsewhere. Additionally, … Continue reading Kickass Women in History: Balloonomania Belles

Kickass Women in History: Manuela Sáenz y Aizpuru

This month in Kickass Women in History, we celebrate the life of Manuela Sáenz y Aizpuru, “La Libertadora del Libertador.” This woman saved the life of Simón Bolívar and worked tirelessly to end Spanish colonial rule over South America. Sáenz was born in 1797 to an unwed mother. She was a tomboy and loved riding horses. Sent to a convent at one point, she got kicked out when she was seventeen after being seduced by … Continue reading Kickass Women in History: Manuela Sáenz y Aizpuru

Kickass Women in History: Maria Guadalupe Evangelina Lopez

During the fight for women’s suffrage in California, the support of Latinx voters was essential. Maria Guadalupe Evangelina Lopez fought for suffrage, taught at the high school and university level, flew an airplane, and was an ambulance driver in WWI. She was the first (confirmed) Latina to teach at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and, as of 1902, their youngest professor. She was also the first person in The United States of America … Continue reading Kickass Women in History: Maria Guadalupe Evangelina Lopez

Kickass Women in History: Audre Lorde

This month our Kickass Woman is Audre Lorde, poet, librarian, and activist who is famous but not as famous as perhaps she should be. I recently read her book Zami: A Biomythography and knew I had to feature this amazing woman in our column. Audre Lorde was born “Audrey” in 1934 but as a child she dropped the ‘y’ because she liked the way ‘Audre’ looked on a page. Her parents came to New York … Continue reading Kickass Women in History: Audre Lorde