PODCAST- Jami Amerine is back! And realer than ever… and that’s a good thing!

If you’ve hung around here enough, or at all, you know we place a high premium on being real. Not like “reality show real”.  That’s too scripted.  Too produced.   Cue the fake drama. No, here, we are all about being our real selves, with all that goes with it.  Quirks. Brilliance. And everything in between. […]

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PODCAST- A Book about a Bug and a Big, Bad Beast… with Kristen Barnett

We’ve never talked about Bugs here on the Isle… entemologically, technologically or otherwise. But there’s a first time for everything, so here we are.  Bring on the Bug Talk! Of course, we’re not really talking about literal bugs.  We’re actually talking about cancer.  Childhood cancer.  And a special book written by children’s author, Kristen Barnett, […]

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And the WINNERS are…

As promised, here are the most fortuitous beneficiaries of the KATHLEEN L. MAHER LITERARY SWEEPSTAKES! But first, a random video of my cat in a brief and somewhat rare moment of semi-active jocularity … just because.   And now… the moment we’ve all been waiting for. The winner of The Abolitionist’s Daughter is…   Caryl Kane […]

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The Pittsburgh Left

There’s this thing here where I live, called the Pittsburgh Left. Oh, you’ve never heard of it?  Well, let me tell you all about it, friend.  It’s this cultural norm among the motorists in the land surrounding the great Steel City, whereby the very considerate driver traveling in the opposite direction from you allows, nay, expects […]

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