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Category: Weekly Musings

Word of the Week

Play the Weekly Crossword Right Here

This year the Word of the Week column will be adding something new, an interactive weekly crossword! Each week’s crossword will be available online and you can play it from the site or in the app. This week’s crossword is available now and you can play below. Having an exceptional memory A lefthanded person trained to use the right hand […]

Book of the Week

Book of the Week: Strange the Dreamer

To finish off this school year’s book reviews, I decided to discuss Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. The novel follows the story of Lazlo Strange and Sarai, who are both on conflicting sides of a problem plaguing the city of Weep. The plot of this book is incredibly unique, it is very engaging and unlike any other book I […]

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Do You Know These Words? Part III

This is the third part of a series designed to bring some lost words to light. Farctate: From the Latin farcire, meaning to fill or stuff, farctate is a botanical term meaning full as opposed to hollow; used more colloquially to mean completely satiated or full to the point of bursting Philodox: From the Greek philos, meaning love, and doxa (meaning […]

Book of the Week

Book of the Week: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

This week I thought it was time to switch up genres and write about The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy written by Douglas Adams! Though it was released in 1979, I think now is a perfect time to read this incredibly unique book. It’s lighthearted style, jokes, and enjoyable plot is sure to help reduce stress and anxiety over Covid.  […]

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Do You Know These Words? Part II

This is the second part of a series designed to bring some lost words to light. Cavil ~ to jeer/scoff (ka-vl) Sylvan ~ Forest, woods (SIL-vn) Vulpine ~ Crafty, cunning Factotum ~ a person having many diverse traits and different responsibilities or surviving in a wide range of capacities (fak-TOW-tm)

This Day in History

This Day in History: 5/28/20

On this day in 1936 Alan Turing published his famous paper On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem. Today Turing is widely considered the father of modern computers and the field of cryptography during WWII. He worked at the Bletchley Park research complex in England, which while renowned today was kept a closely guarded secret during the war. […]

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Virtual Tour of Grand Rapids Art: Part VII

The next stop of our virtual tour on the Rad Women Walking Tour brings us to a painting of Dolores Huerta. It was painted by Anna VanderLoon and is located on the corner of Division Ave. and Lyon St.  Dolores Huerta is a leader in the American labor system. She was born on April 10, 1930 in Dawson, New Mexico. […]

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Do You Know These Words? Part I

The English language has one of the biggest vocabularies of any language in the world, and with all those words some of the more obscure turn of phrase tend to get lost. This is the first part of a series designed to bring some of those lost words to light. Kakorrhaphiophobia ~ Fear of failing (Kak-or-ha-FYO-fo-bee-ah) Nudiustertian ~ relating to the […]

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Virtual Tour of Grand Rapids Art: Part VI

This week on our virtual walk through the Rad Women Walking Tour, we’re taking a look at the painting of actor and comedian, Carol Burnett. It was painted by Kerry Rolewics and is located on Ionia Ave and Lyon street.  Carol Burnett was born in San Antonio, Texas on April 26, 1933. She grew up during the Great Depression and […]

Book of the Week

Book of the Week: The Cruel Prince

This week I bring you The Cruel Prince by Holly Black for your next quarantine read! It is a story about three sisters who were taken to the land of the Fae and the challenges that they face there. The novel focuses on overcoming prejudices and challenges that are faced by some characters in the book. This book also has […]

This Day in History

This Day in History: 5/21/2020

On this day, May 21st, in 1919, the US House of Representatives passed the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. It was the second time the House had passed this amendment. The first time, on January 10th, the Senate refused to pass the Amendment when it came to them, so it was re-introduced to the House four months […]

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Virtual Tour of Grand Rapids Art: Part V

Last week we took a look at the start of the Rad Women walking tour in downtown Grand Rapids. To continue in this theme, this week’s art tour is featuring the next stop. This piece is located on the corner of Lyon St. and Monroe Ave. and was painted by Emily Macdonald, a local artist.  Pictured on the box is […]

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Virtual Tour of Grand Rapids Art: Part IV

This piece is located on the corner of Monroe Ave. and Pearl st. It is the start of the Rad Women walking tour in DownTown Grand Rapids. It is a series of 26 paintings (A through Z) of famous women all done on the sides of electrical boxes around town! The project was undertaken in honor of International Women’s day […]