Author: Jennifer Derrick

Books, Reading, & Libraries

The Omnivorous Reader: A Species in Danger of Extinction?

Omnivorous Reader

When people ask me for a reading recommendation, which is pretty often, I’ve learned to begin with the question, “What do you want to read?” I used to just start reeling titles off the top of my head. Books I’d recently finished and enjoyed, classics, and things I thought might match the person’s hobbies or …

Benefits of Play

The Day the Toys Died (An Obituary for Toys R Us and Play)

Toys R Us

Over the past few months, I’ve been watching the declining fortunes of Toys R Us. Well, really I’ve been watching for years. The chain has been in trouble since a leveraged buyout saddled it with billions in debt – money it couldn’t recoup through declining sales. The bloodletting worsened in recent months with Toys R …

Books, Reading, & Libraries, Film & TV, Hobbies, Board Games & Lego, News, Updates & Happenings

What I’m Up to This Week: 03/16/18

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Man, the last of winter is flying by. We actually got a little snow this week. Snow is rare here even in the dead of winter. Even less so in March. Still it was neat to see, even if it didn’t stick around long or amount to enough to build a decent snowman. Much of …

Books, Reading, & Libraries

Ideas for Hosting a Neurodiverse Book Club

Neurodiverse book club

(Disclaimer: I am neither a doctor nor a mental health professional. Everyone is different, so while the ideas included in this post may apply to some, others may find that they are suboptimal or ineffective. These are merely some ideas I’ve gleaned from hosting and attending book clubs, and speaking with others who organize book …

Benefits of Play, Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Fun & Humor

Childlike Wonder: Don’t Let It Slip Away

Childlike Wonder

As I get older, it occurs to me that I’m in danger of losing touch with the childlike wonder that makes life worth living. In order to get much joy out of life, I think you have to have a sense of the awesome, a deep curiosity about things, and a desire to jump into …