The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

I found it to be a fascinating and enchanting read/listen; a truly epic tale of life in the north where magic and religion still live side by side. I don’t know enough about the Russian fairy tales and legends to know how closely this tracks with them, but I found it engrossing and suspenseful; full of history, family life, religious conflict and fantastical folklore.

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The Bittersweet Nature of Being a Pittsburgh Steelers Fan

Today felt like a chance for the Steelers to reassert themselves as the team to challenge the Patriots.  Ben Roethlisberger’s career is coming to a close and he won’t have this much talent around him forever.  But instead of setting up the rematch everyone wanted and was expecting, they will be spending the offseason thinking about what might have been. 

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How to Think by Alan Jacobs

But here’s the thing.  If you are a literate and humane person, you soon begin to enjoy Jacobs admittedly oblique, discursive and conversational approach.  You give up the need for a overly simplified 12-step program with handy lists and catchy acronyms. You appreciate the engaging conversation with a smart friend at a comfortable coffee shop instead of the lecture slash TV special.

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