A Digital Exhibition of the History of U.S. Public Libraries

The United States has a long-running respect and tradition when it comes to public libraries. Libraries came about as an answer to the Enlightenment era, when science, reading, and learning found significance in much of the western world. Access to books was difficult for most people pre-Revolutionary War. Benjamin Franklin, along with members of his ...

Monthly Wrap: October 2018

Monthly Wrap is my monthly post about recent happenings and things I’m loving or just feel like sharing. In other words, whatever happens to be taking up space in my brain. Here’s where my head has been lately: Science-Fiction Writing Class At the beginning of the month I started a six-week Science-Fiction Writing Workshop through Emory ...

Short Story Pick: “A Walk in the Dark” by Arthur C. Clarke

Straight out of the pulps, Arthur C. Clarke’s science-fiction/horror short story published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1950, tells the story of a man on a far off planet looking for the port station in the dead of night. His tractor broke down and his flash light went out; all he can do now is ...

Thirty, Nerdy and Thriving: Accomplishments and goals for the next decade

Turning thirty is like crashing onto an uncharted island or the room at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey– you wake up and say, “Okay, now what?” I turned thirty in July and it didn’t really sink in until a week ago, when I went to the dentist and had to write down my ...

Monthly Wrap: September 2018

Monthly Wrap is my monthly post about recent happenings and things I’m loving, or just feel like sharing. In other words, whatever happens to be taking up space in my brain. Here’s where my head has been lately: Books, Books, Books I have been reading excessively this month, probably an effort to ignore the Atlanta heat ...

Five Classic Reads for Fall

Each season inspires in its own unique way, but there’s something special about fall. The air cools down to a crispness, making us want to wrap up in a cozy sweater and sip on something warm. Certain classic books have this cozy, crisp quality about them, pairing well with the weather. Some of these books ...

What I’ve Learned from Four Years of Blogging

Neptune Your Dial turned four years old in September! This blog has hit some ups and downs, gone through a lot of changes- including a renaming- and grown into something I am very proud of. The process of running a blog and posting regular content can be challenging, especially if you have a full-time life ...

This Week in Liz: Following Curiosity

I went for a hike the other day at a local park just outside of Atlanta, where I only recently began frequenting. My first couple of visits I played it safe, staying on paths as long as I knew I could easily get back to my car. However, there is a five mile hike at ...

The Boston Public Library… *sigh*

Boston has a long history. Not just in the founding of the U.S., but also in literature and the arts. On a recent trip, I stopped in the Boston Public Library’s Central Library at Copley Square. It was built in two parts, the McKim Building and the Johnson Building. The McKim Building drips history with ...

Elon Musk and Victor Frankenstein

Waking up Saturday morning, trying to decide whether to stay in bed or begin checking off my to-do list, I picked up my phone and scrolled through the news app. A New York Times interview with Elon Musk topped trending stories, a frank confession of the Tesla CEO’s recent downward spiral due to overworking and ...

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