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Women’s History: Modern Women Writing Their Own
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Women’s History: Modern Women Writing Their Own

by Jessica Redmond

March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate and reflect on the accomplishments of women throughout history who’ve cleared the path for women today. Modern women are writing their own stories, sometimes even before the world truly recognizes their talents and contributions. These women leaders, activists, and writers are making a difference through their words while they continue to break new ground for gender equality and justice.

Annie Jones, owner of The Bookshelf, takes health precautions for the customers who come to her Georgia bookstore, including limited hours and mask requirements. Photo courtesy of The Bookshelf.
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Indie Bookstores: Pandemic Adds Plot Twist to Comeback Story

by Terri Barnes

Independent bookstores have written a comeback story over the past decade, and now they’re facing a new chapter—the one about the coronavirus. To navigate the pandemic plot twist, booksellers are turning once again to the community connections and personal service that have helped fuel the indie revival amid big-box competitors.[…]

Mindful Writing: Creating a Lifeline with Words
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Mindful Writing: Creating a Lifeline with Words

by Terri Barnes

The daily chaos of life was about to overwhelm Lisa Smith Molinari, until she discovered a lifeline: writing. Now an award-winning newspaper columnist and author of the upcoming book The Meat and Potatoes of Life: My True Lit Com, Lisa began her writing journey making lists on a yellow legal pad during her husband’s military deployment. For many writers like Lisa, the act of putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard brings mindfulness, order, and context to daily events and major life challenges. […]