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About Laura

Paralegal with Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education, frequent museum visitor, based in Washington, DC. I care about what museums can do, both in terms of public offerings and internal practices, to make the world a better place. I blog about museum education ("informed"), the social work of museums ("humane"), and visitor experience ("citizenry").

2018 Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge Update (December 2018)


December 2018 was the final month of the 2018 Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge, which was an interesting endeavor, but one that I won’t be repeating. I found it difficult to have specific words tied to specific months, because this … Continue reading

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2018 Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge Update (November 2018)


November’s words were: brown, dream, family, food, laugh, over, table, thanks, town I read… Book of Poems: Food by Ogden Nash Poems: “In Defense of Small Towns” by Oliver de la Paz “The Circus Is in Town” by Patricia Smith … Continue reading

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2018 Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge Update (October)


The October words were: black, castle, ghost, haunt, mask, moon, mystery, night, witch Here’s what I read: Middle grade/young adult novels: Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill When the Moon Was … Continue reading

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Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge Update (September 2018)


The words were: always, below, call, chase, fall, leave, school, sleep, teach Novels: Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman Picture book (for adults): Go the F*ck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach, illustrated by … Continue reading

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Remembering the Brightest Jack O’Lantern


The thing about your family acquiring multiple pets in their youth over the course of a few years is that they grow old together and then break your heart while it’s already broken. This is my third cat eulogy post … Continue reading

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Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge Update (August 2018)


August’s words were: above, beach, boat, camera, few, help, house, sun, yellow Novels: Glass Houses by Louise Penny Plays: I Am a Camera by John Van Druten Picture Books: Sunny Days by Trudi Strain Trueit Toy Boat by Randall de … Continue reading

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Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge Update (July 2018)


July’s words were: apple, between, blue, cabin, desert, many, stay, water, wood/s Here’s what I read… Middle Grade Novels: Last Summer with Maizon; Maizon at Blue Hill; and Between Madison and Palmetto by Jacqueline Woodson Picture Books: Too Many Toys … Continue reading

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