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The Library Has Landed! Phoenix Takes Books to Mars

Red rocks.

Human interactions with the Red Planet have long been a blend of wonder, science, imagination, fear, longing & engineering. In honor of this interplay, The Planetary Society has placed a DVD among the scientific instruments on board the Phoenix Lander that touched down on the Martian south pole this last memorial day. And it carries books.

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Firefox 3: How to Surf the Web

I’ve been using the open-source Firefox web browser since 2003, when a techie friend (thanks, Rocky!) emailed our church list to suggest it as a less virus-vulnerable alternative to the standard Microsoft mess.

That makes me an internet expert 😉 –and since I know everything there is to know, I thought I’d write you this handy guide:

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WordPress 2.5 Widgets: Taking the Load Off Your Mind

WordPress, the free and open-source software that runs this site, has recently been the victim of a major upgrade. We can draw on educational psychology to help us understand where the redesign fails, and how we might do better.

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Blog Gone Naked!

All day today, April 9th, this blog will be naked. Normally, you see, it is wrapped in a sheet–a Cascading Style Sheet (CSS), to be precise, which takes the basic building blocks of Reading Circle Books, the words, paragraphs, pictures, and widgets that make up the content of this site, surrounds them with padding, backgrounds, […]

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Sacrifices and Community

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood

Do we even know how much we’ve lost, how poisoned we are, how far away we’ve been driven from the land? By connecting the science of toxic materials with our human knowledge of childbirth in Having Faith, Steingraber gives us new knowledge; what would it mean for us to inhabit it?

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Do you breathe the water?

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood

During my first pregnancy, I lived on a truck route. My pregnancy manual, the ubiquitous and sometimes disturbing What to Expect When You’re Expecting, said that unless I was living in a bus terminal or a tollbooth, “breathing in the big city…isn’t as risky as you might think…. Even in the 1960s, when pollution was […]

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What Are Blogs? Not Monologues but Conversations

Perhaps the best thing about the web, and the blogosphere in particular, is that it enables you to connect with like-minded people you might never meet otherwise. –Kriss M. at Circle M Farm On January 27th, 2008, Reading Circle Books will host its first group! In her wonderful invitation to our first Reading Circle, Kriss […]

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