Toddies and Tomes

With winter's early onset this year, there's nothing to do but curl up in a cozy corner and get lost in a book. Here are a few recent releases that will hopefully get you through until spring. And what makes a solo session with a book even better? A cocktail. Whip up a Louisburg Toddy, made with locally produced J.…

From the Library of The Giffords

 Article and Photography  Shannon and Justin Gifford know a thing or two about children's books. With twin boys, Aiden and Ewan, almost 4, and Ava, 1, they spend a lot of time reading with their crew. Their shelves have variety but a few of them stand out as favorites for all. Here are their top three favorites.   1. Let's Play…

WOLVES CAN’T FLY

"I found myself hanging over 200 feet above the football field, shaking uncontrollably in excruciating pain. As I struggled to breathe, it was obvious something had gone horribly wrong. I looked down at the tarp covering the field and noticed a trail of blood stretching from the sideline all the way to the midfield . . . I truly believe…

Unlikely Heroes

A pod of dolphins who protected swimmers in New Zealand from a great white shark. A cat who provided comfort to soldiers in Afghanistan. A llama who shines his very special light of love on the elderly patients in an Oregon rehab center. A paralyzed bunny who brings joy to paralyzed children. An abandoned puppy who lost all four paws…

Listen to Your Mother

 G.P. Putnam’s Sons | $25.95  In 2010, Ann Imig organized a live-staged reading event in Madison, WI, to bring together her community—mothers and non-mothers alike—and provide a forum for a diversity of voices to share their personal stories. These readers spoke honestly and openly about motherhood, family, childhood, and parenting. And so, the Listen to Your Mother movement was born.…