Board Game Nights

Board games have a surprisingly long history and have been a main form of entertainment until recently (see the links at the bottom of the post). Some ancient games include senet, the Royal Game of Ur, Go, Mancala, chess, and checkers. With television, video games, and the internet available, board games often take a back seat to…
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The Queens of Crime: Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence, Superintendent Battle - all of these detectives, some amateurs, some professional - are the creations of one woman, Agatha Christie. Dame Agatha Christie started writing as a young woman, but it wasn’t until 1920, when her first Hercule Poirot novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was published that her…
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The Queens of Crime: Margery Allingham

MR ALBERT CAMPION Coups neatly executed Nothing sordid, vulgar or plebian            Deserving cases preferred Police no object So reads the business card of Margery Allingham’s detective/adventurer, Albert Campion.   Campion first appears as a side character in The Crime at Black Dudley, but he was so insistently present throughout the story that Allingham made him…
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Finding Your Family Through DNA

Hunting for your ancestors is a popular hobby these days. There are few things more exciting than finding a famous ancestor or uncovering a juicy family secret. Television shows such as Genealogy Roadshow and Who Do You Think You Are? have encouraged many to seek out their heritage for the first time. Traditionally, genealogy required…
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Shakespeare for Beginners

When you first approach reading Shakespeare, it can be a daunting experience. Even though I grew up reading books with similar language, I still found Shakespeare difficult unless I had a teacher holding my hand every step of the way. I could just about understand the basic plot line and even some of the language…
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My Librarian: Books for Gamers

Video games can't catch a break, often lambasted for being a wasteful time-suck compared to other entertainment options. This is a medium wholly unlike any other than has come before it where you are the protagonist and explore a world made just for you. Research has shown that video games can help with cognitive ability…
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Pumpkin Spice Season

With the turning of the leaves, coffee fans enthusiastically consume hot lattes, specifically Pumpkin Spice Lattes (which comes with a fan-made acronym: PSLs). This may not matter to some who might be already fed up with the amount of pumpkin-spiced everything, but for those of us who love PSLs, Thanksgiving marks the unfortunate end of…
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