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review 2018-12-10 01:36
A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns (nonfiction graphic novel) by Archie Bongiovanni & Tristan Jimerson
A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns - Archie Bongiovanni,Tristan Jimerson

A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns is a 60-page guide, in comic form, to using singular they/them pronouns, including how to handle it if you mess up, a script for introducing yourself with your pronouns and asking others for theirs, ideas for trying to move away from gendered language in your workplace, and more. Archie Bongiovanni identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, while Tristan Jimerson identifies as male and uses he/him pronouns, so the work includes a couple different perspectives.

I had seen a bunch of mentions of this online and picked it up thinking that it would primarily be an introduction to they/them pronouns geared towards employers and employees. It can function that way, and from that perspective, I particularly liked the last few pages (quick and easy pronoun reference chart, scripts for asking about someone's pronouns and what to say when you mess up someone's pronouns, quick and easy ideas for using gender neutral language). They sum things up nicely and could serve as handouts in trainings.

I also liked the idea about group leaders starting things off by having everyone introduce themselves with their names and pronouns, and Jimerson's section about trying to train himself out of using gendered language in his workplace (he runs a small restaurant) made me realize there's a lot more to it than pronouns. For example, employees will often refer to customers as Sir or Ma'am, something that, in my area, would be culturally ingrained as well.

About two thirds of the book was geared towards folks who probably don't use they/them pronouns and may be trying to incorporate them into their language. The other third was geared more towards non-binary readers - basically advice and pep talks about dealing with people who've never used singular they and didn't even know it was a thing, and people who aren't fully supportive or who are consistently rude or awful.

There was one part of the book that gave me pause. In the section on how to find out someone's pronouns, the authors provide one sample script and then include a couple questions not to ask. One of those questions is "What pronouns do you prefer?" because "By using the word 'prefer,' you're suggesting that gender is a preference" (29). Although gender is not a preference, there are enough pronoun options that I don't think it's out of line to consider pronouns a preference.

Overall, it's a nice little guide, but the title really means it when it says it's quick. It doesn't dig very deeply into any of the topics it covers, and it doesn't point readers to any particular more in-depth resources (no "Recommended Resources" section).


Rating Note:


I debated over whether to give this 3.5 stars or 4. I settled on 3.5 stars because there were times when a few more pages of info would have been nice, even considering that this was written to be a quick guide. At the very least a "recommended reading" section should have been included.


(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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text 2018-12-07 09:37
Recipe to make your own bio lipstick

If there is one beauty product par excellence and that for several generations, it is the lipstick. As essential as it is, this makeup found in the trade is not healthy.

If you start to decipher the labels mentioning its composition, you will have only one desire, to buy only organic or even better, to manufacture it yourself. A lipstick at a low price and without any potentially toxic ingredients? It's possible! Just make it yourself.



Click here to read about Beauty Tips for Older Women and also for the best home beauty treatments and remedies for skin care.

What are lipsticks?


Of dyes course. For most synthetic dyes some of which are even banned, in some countries, because of their toxicity deemed carcinogenic. Lead, but also aluminum, chromium, cadmium and other toxic metals, often in small quantities. From phenoxyethanol or parabens that better retain your product that your health. They are known to create frequent allergic reactions.

Even in organic food, lanolin, a kind of wax made of sheep fat and potentially allergenic, is sometimes used. And all this without mentioning the waxes and oils that are used as a base in most products. Deriving from the petrochemical industry, if they do not seem harmful to the skin, they will just pollute the liver once ingested.


Homemade lipstick, the ingredients


Get all the ingredients to make the base of the lipstick. This base is the largest part of the product. You will personalize it by adding pigments.

  • A teaspoon of beeswax or wax shavings
  • A teaspoon of mango or shea butter
  • A teaspoon of oil, such as almond oil or olive oil

For color, you can choose one of the following components: Beetroot powder (for red), cocoa powder (for brown) or cinnamon for a dark brown.




And 1: small containers. These are small round pots with lid, empty plastic tubes or existing lipstick tubes that you can empty. If you opt for empty plastic containers, you can buy them new online or in store.

And 2: a dropper. This one will help you to transfer liquid in such a small container that tubes. You can get some for really cheap at the pharmacy.

How to proceed?


Apart from the powder that will serve you as a color, mix the remaining ingredients in a bowl until you get something almost uniform.

Then heat your mixture either in the microwave or the water bath, and remove your bowl once the mixture is completely melted.

Add between one eighth and one quarter teaspoon of the natural powder you have chosen. For a more intense color, add more powder. Incorporate the powder well into the initial mixture, and continue to add little by little until the color suits you.

Finally, pour your final mixture into a container, no matter how small it is, like an old tube of lipstick or foundation. Before using, you must let it harden, either at room temperature or in the fridge.

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review 2018-12-04 22:10
Taking It Easy - Erin Nicholas

Logan Trahan is known as being a fun time playboy.  He owns a happening bar in New Orleans, but he generally has a care free, easy going lifestyle.  When he first meets Dana Doucet, he knows he wants her.  Too bad the single mom isn't falling for his lines.  Flash forward, Dana finally gives in only to find out that she unexpectantly gets pregnant.  Already having 2 girls, Dana doesn't know if she is ready to be a single mom to 3 kids having lost her husband 2 years ago while he was in the service.  When Logan hears the news he is beyond excited and brings his whole family into the situation to celebrate.

Dana is concerned that when the fun is over, Logan will go running but what she doesn't understand is that he is all in.  While Dana and Logan start to tread through life they realize that their chemistry is off the charts but will their relationship be the type to stand the test of time?  As Logan gets more involved with her daughters, Dana is slowing coming around.  Just as it looks as if things are going to go perfectly, life seems to get in the way.  It will take a big leap of faith for the playboy and the single mom to realize that what they have is really worth fighting for.

This was a fun, sexy story.  I just loved Logan.  He reminded me of my brother.  It was also fun having the story set in New Orleans.  I was just there and it was fun knowing of certain things the author was describing.  Overall I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

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review 2018-11-16 08:54
Eggnog Makes Her Easy (Boys of the Big Easy) by Erin Nicholas
Eggnog Makes Her Easy - Erin Nicholas



Sweet and spicy make for an irresistible treat. Nicholas keeps her winning streak going with an addictive stroll down Lonely Hearts Way and onto Temptation Boulevard with Eggnog Makes Her Easy. The heat is on.

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review 2018-11-07 17:04
Chocolate Sensations
Chocolate Sensations: Over 200 Easy-to-Make Recipes - Reader's Digest Association,Reader's Digest Association,Lee Faber

I love this book, also. But then I do love making desserts. This is such a fun collection of chocolate desserts and so many are easy to make. I think I will be borrowing it again after Thanksgiving to start making our Christmas goodies to deliver to First Responders as a Thank you for all they do all year long. 

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