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Kate Gukeisen

I am an elementary Teacher Librarian in Northern New York. I love learning, reading, exploring new places, creating and viewing art, hiking (especially in the ADK!), and life in general.

Book Review: Sapiens

The Vagabond Teen and I took Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari on the road this summer. We listened to the audio book on road trip days, read some chapters in our down time, and further dove into the subject of humankind, our biology, and our […]

Book Review: Antifragile

I tackled Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Antifragile slowly–both to reflect on Taleb’s ideas, and because reading this book is like hanging out with a brilliant and obnoxious friend who is best taken in small doses. Nearly a year later, reading the book’s Conclusion, I found Taleb had articulated exactly […]

Book Review: A Little Life

This review contains spoilers.   I am still emotionally reeling from A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. It is a brilliant and heartbreaking story that grows darker and more intense as it progresses. A Little Life begins as the story of four men whose friendship first develops in […]

Free For All: Using Images from Online Resources Responsibly

What that means to those of us looking for blog pictures is that we can more easily find content from creators who are happy to share their work with others. The beauty of these licenses for the content creators is that they can share their work and retain a degree of control over who uses it, whether they receive credit for it, and whether others can make money off of it.

Book Review: Go Set a Watchman

I’m not sorry I read Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. But. I have a few words of caution for my fellow Mockingbird lovers still on the fence about whether to read Go Set a Watchman. I wish I had approached this work as the rejected manuscript of a very talented […]

Thankful for an Opportunity to Learn

I first saw the Facebook Data Science What are we most thankful for? chart on the Mental Floss Facebook feed. I was fascinated by the topic, the data, and, as always, the comments following the “share.” I like seeing this sort of data science at work. I found Facebook’s “thankful data” fun because it […]