Posts Tagged ‘summer

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Jul
21

Summer Playlist

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Jul
21

Summer Reading List

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Aug
19

The New Grammy

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24
Aug
19

The Sounds Of Summer

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Aug
18

Chat Away

19
Aug
18

Read On

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One of my favorite parts of summer is deciding what to read when things slow down just a bit, whether it’s on a vacation with family or just a quiet afternoon. This summer I’ve been absorbed by new novels, revisited an old classic, and reaffirmed my faith in our ability to move forward together when we seek the truth. Here’s what I’ve been reading:

Tara Westover’s Educated is a remarkable memoir of a young woman raised in a survivalist family in Idaho who strives for education while still showing great understanding and love for the world she leaves behind.

Set after WWII, Warlight by Michael Ondaatje is a meditation on the lingering effects of war on family.

With the recent passing of V.S. Naipaul, I reread A House for Mr Biswas, the Nobel Prize winner’s first great novel about growing up in Trinidad and the challenge of post-colonial identity.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is a moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.

Factfulness by Hans Rosling, an outstanding international public health expert, is a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases.

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27
Jun
18

Summer Reading List

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I’m often asked what I’m reading, watching, and listening to, so I thought I might share a short list from time to time. There’s so much good writing and art and variety of thought out there these days that this is by no means comprehensive – like many of you, I’ll miss “The Americans” – but here’s what I’ve been reading lately. It’s admittedly a slightly heavier list than what I’ll be reading over the summer:

Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging, by Alex Wagner
I once wrote a book on my own search for identity, so I was curious to see what Alex, daughter of a Burmese mother and Iowan Irish-Catholic father – and a friend of mine – discovered during her own. What she came up with is a thoughtful, beautiful meditation on what makes us who we are – the search for harmony between our own individual identities and the values and ideals that bind us together as Americans.

More here

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11
Aug
16

Summer Playlist II: What Are You Listening To?

Tell us in the comments what’s on your summer playlist. You could be introducing us to an artist we haven’t heard and need to explore and that would be fabulous! You can even show us an example of a song from the artist

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There has never and will never be a president as effortlessly cool as President Barack Obama

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11
Aug
16

Presidential Summer Playlist

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The fact that President Obama listens to Lil Chano From 79th, says a lot. The fact he chose ‘Acid Rain’ says a lot. If you haven’t listened to Chance The Rapper, correct that error. His lyrics are haunting yet joyful; his words, beats, and arrangements pack so much power and meaning. The way he mixes gospel with rap is mind blowing. A good primer on Chance can be read here

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Tell us what you’re listening to

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07
Aug
16

Weekly Address: Representing The Best Of America In The Summer Olympics




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