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Put Another Book on the Shelf: Five Aussie Writers You Should Know

Put Another Book on the Shelf: Five Aussie Writers You Should Know

by Marissa Price We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home. – Indigenous Australian Proverb. Australian literature is as varied as the country itself. Australia is a melting pot of cultures and backgrounds that lends itself to great storytelling. The traditional custodians of the land, the many Australian indigenous tribes, passed down their stories through cave carvings…

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Good Taste and Bad Food: In Search of Comfort in the 1980s

Good Taste and Bad Food: In Search of Comfort in the 1980s

by Leslie Pietrzyk While I was coming of age in the 80s, Tab was comfort food. The pink can of diet soda was practically an accessory for the girls on my Midwestern university campus. Even if you weren’t in a sorority, you wanted to give the impression that you could be, that you were the one who sniffed, no thanks, not them. It was comforting that one pink can allowed a girl like me to appear to fit in. I…

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Think You Are Too Old for Young Adult Novels? Think Again!

Think You Are Too Old for Young Adult Novels? Think Again!

by Annie Sullivan I can’t remember when I started reading Young Adult (YA) books. Even though I am in my thirties, I can still relate to the stories of characters who are constantly trying to discover and define who they are—whether that’s in an abusive relationship or on an alien planet. Young characters take on challenges related to relationships, identity, grief, and yes, even saving the world. They do it all while making profound discoveries about themselves and the worlds in…

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Raw, Vegan Valentine’s Day Treats That Prove Chia Seeds Are For More than Growing Pets

Raw, Vegan Valentine’s Day Treats That Prove Chia Seeds Are For More than Growing Pets

by Carmen Ng and Evelyn Li of Ocka Treats Healthy eating doesn’t have to mean denial. For two friends, Carmen Ng and Evelyn Li, the desire to indulge in sweet desserts while maintaining healthy eating habits led to the creation of their own line of raw, vegan treats. They share with us how their company, Ocka Treats, came into being—and offer a few delicious, chia-based recipes just in time for Valentine’s Day! Carmen Ng: Ever since I was young, I…

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