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MELANIE GOLDER

Goodbye Treehouse! A working road trip
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Goodbye Treehouse! A working road trip

Although we were barely home a week we had previously decided May was the month to drive down to Nevada to responsibly dispose of our art car “The Treehouse” which had been languishing in a boatyard outside of Reno for almost 2 years after its 2 year attendance at Burning Man. Rather than powering down on the interstates we decided to make a bit of...

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28 May 2017
“10 % Happier”, By Dan Harris
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“10 % Happier”, By Dan Harris

“10 % Happier:How I tamed the voice in my head, reduced stress without losing my edge and found self help that actually works (A true story) is by Dan Harris who is an ABC news anchor and host on shows such as Good Morning America and Nightline. Not having ever seen either of these shows I did not know who this guy was and a...

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28 May 2017
“I don’t care about your band” by Julie Kossner
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“I don’t care about your band” by Julie Kossner

“I don’t care about your band” by Julie Kossner is one of the new genre of books I’ve read of a few of lately, memoirs written by female comediennes. What would someone who is barely 30 have to write in a memoir you ask? Mostly, stories about all the dudes she hooked up with and the ensuing painful communications. There’s definitely some funny bits but...

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28 May 2017
“The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts”, by Louis de Bernieres
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“The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts”, by Louis de Bernieres

Louis de Bernieres’ trilogy set in South America (Colombia and Peru) is a quirky set of books that if I were to have to pick a genre would place them within the magical realism category. The books weave several tenuously linked storylines with a span of subject matter from political blunders, corruption and incompetence to and Andean healer who adopts a mute street urchin who...

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28 May 2017
And just like that we’re back!
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And just like that we’re back!

Spending this winter away and experimenting with midlife career change/interruption has been a valuable (and super fun) experience. When I quit my long term, nicely paid, pension invested government job to go work for peanuts as a dive instructor in the tropics I got mixed reactions – everything from “yah carpe diem” to furrowed brows indicating genuine concern as to what I was giving up....

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05 May 2017
Copycat
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Copycat

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” – the old sentence used by parents to placate many an older sibling whose younger sibling(s) copy everything they do. Annoying origins aside, I have recently found truth in this in several recent craft projects – yup I’m fessing up to being a copycat and REALLY admiring others’ work. Anyone who got crafty with me last summer will...

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21 Apr 2017
“Gulp”, by Mary Roach
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“Gulp”, by Mary Roach

“Gulp:Adventures on the Alimentary Canal” is book about food and the body – why we like food or don’t, what it does to us, how it’s sold to us and everything in between. Having been moderately obsessed with my ongoing gut health since suffering from several tropical intestinal diseases a few years back, I found this book totally fascinating. Not only does it touch on...

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21 Apr 2017
“How we got to now”, By Steven Johnson
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“How we got to now”, By Steven Johnson

In a slightly Bill Bryson-esque style, the author of “How we got to now: Six innovations that made the modern world”  chronicles the rise of six different advances/discoveries made over the last few centuries and how they were essential building blocks to our world today. I was amazed on the far reaching consequences of the ability to transport ice in large quantities. Equally interesting was...

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21 Apr 2017
“Tender at the Bone”, by Ruth Reichl
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“Tender at the Bone”, by Ruth Reichl

“Tender at the Bone” is a memoir with the binding theme being food. When I started reading this book I had not heard of the author but she is the former editor of Gourmet and a celebrity chef. The stories are often laugh out loud funny although also touch on more serious topics around family and relationships. Regardless of the description of the memory the...

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21 Apr 2017
“The Nest”, by Cynthia d’Aprix Sweeney
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“The Nest”, by Cynthia d’Aprix Sweeney

“The Nest” tells the tale of a family who suffer the consequences of that one asshole family member- you know the one, completely self absorbed, refuses to take responsibility, is the subject of much discussion when absent but somehow manages to show up every now and again and charm the pants off everyone and make them forget their grudges. “The nest” refers to an inheritance...

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21 Apr 2017
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