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Kimberly Hirsh, PhD
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Mom. PhD. Once and future school librarian. Freelance academic. Citizen of Romancelandia. I manage multiple chronic illnesses. I love books and games. 🌈♿
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Kimberly Hirsh, PhD
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@vincentritter the best kind of noodles!

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@cygnoir I'm so glad you're here!

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Currently reading: The Best There is at what He Does: Examining Chris Claremont’s X-Men by Jason Powell 📚

Started watching X-Men 97 📺 which reminded me that I love the X-Men, so now I’m reading this and reading the comics mentioned alongside. Super fun.

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@spgreenhalgh Would watch.

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Want to read: A Web of Our Own Making by Antón Barba-Kay 📚

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My kid told me, “A cross between a piglet and a pug is a puglet.” When I replied, “Good night,” meaning to indicate that it was time to sleep and not to talk, he said, “I just wanted to give you that very valuable information.” I love him the most.

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Finished reading: No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean 📚

I love every Sarah MacLean heroine.

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@maique Yikes! The Notting Hill neighborhood in London is a bit like this, but also people stand on complete strangers' front steps to get photos there, too.

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@Gabz Ooh my kid would like this.

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@pratik Oh wait, it looks like The Inkubator isn't running new puzzles. ☹️ Well, maybe I'll find their puzzle constructors elsewhere.

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@pratik This is what I do, though when my subscription is up I'm going to go elsewhere. Maybe Puzzmo, The Inkubator, or AVCX.

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@Gabz So nice! Sea of Stars is waiting for me to play it. If I ever finish Octopath II.

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@jsonbecker Oh no. Do not like.

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@aaronpk This is great advice but anyone who tried it for me would be sorely disappointed by the extreme lack of refund.

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@hollie How beautiful!

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@patrickrhone Sounds like a great family all around.

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Finished reading: One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean 📚

Lady Phillipa Marbury is a refreshing take on a bluestocking.

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@patrickrhone That's so cool!

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Hello world, I am full of hormonally-induced ill feeling including headache, nausea, and cramps. Until further notice, I hate everything except my family and friends, romance novels, Pepsi with real sugar, and Star Trek.

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@chrisfoley It seems like the correlation exists for reading in general but is stronger with fiction. Which from a purely imagining reasons standpoint makes sense to me, as fiction feels like it involves more mental calisthenics.

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📚🔖 Here is the actual study with the evidence of the correlation between fiction reading and cognition.

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🔖📚 Read If You Read a Lot of Fiction, Scientists Have Very Good News About Your Brain.

It’s always good to look at the actual studies behind news articles like this, but the evidence that reading fiction is associated with improved cognition suggests the importance of libraries, I think.

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@manton I would prefer a simple HTML list!

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@jsonbecker All that will be left are Casper and MeUndies!

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Just a little reproductive system education, because I’ve met many adults who have uteruses and don’t know this: the menstrual cycle refers to the entire span of time from the first day of one period to the day before the first day of the next. Not just when you’re shedding uterine lining.

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📚 Book Review: You Should Be So Lucky by Cat Sebastian kimberlyhirsh.com
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🔖 Read a pair of pieces about art and mothering:

The ‘Impossible Life’ of Equal Devotion to Art and Mothering by Jessica Grose (NYT Gift Link)

“Is This The Best Use of My Time?" Sara Fredman in conversation with Catherine Ricketts, author of The Mother Artist.

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@tracydurnell I just finished that one! It made me happy.

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Finished reading: A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean 📚

I do love a good 19th Century casino. Thank goodness for the romance-guaranteed happily ever after, because there was a lot of this book that made me sad when the two main characters had huge misunderstandings.

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@mbkriegh This show makes me so happy.

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@vincentritter Your spaces are yours. Totally respect your decisions about what to post and not.

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@pratik I am but I welcome reminders.

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@pratik You can still send that. It's definitely on my mind.

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Thanks to everyone for your kind words over on Manton’s post about my joining the Micro.blog team!

I want to be clear that I’m not taking over for Jean as community manager. I’m the first of I hope many people who will contribute to curation and community work.

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@ChangelingMx @jayeless I tend to use the Steam Deck for old point-and-click adventures. My husband uses it for emulation. It's great!

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My Sister's Baby Is Not My Baby and My Sister Is Also Not My Baby kimberlyhirsh.com
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Finished reading: Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart by Sarah MacLean 📚

Yes, I finished this less than 36 hours after I finished the last one.

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Between chronic illness and acute illness it feels like I have so little time when I can be doing things besides resting.

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@drdanielturner I love Dublin! I wish I'd gotten into the city more when I was there. Spent most of my time in the villages on the coast.

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@jayeless I'm always blown away by the value of a Steam Deck compared to a gaming PC. I got one for Christmas 2022 and in our house we mostly use it to play games from the 90s (many of which are for sale on Steam). It makes me so happy.

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🔖📚 Read How Pregnancy Forever Transforms the Body and the Mind by Lucy Jones (Literary Hub).

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First pool visit of the season yesterday. If I could do everything in water, I would. 🧜🏻‍♀️

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Finished reading: Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLean 📚 I love the heroine in this so much. Big eldest daughter, have-to-hold-it-together energy, and I’m so happy the hero is ready and willing to act as a partner and show her that just because she can do everything alone, that doesn... kimberlyhirsh.com
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🔖📚 Read What Eve L. Ewing’s Career Trajectory Tells Us About Black Women’s Place in Mainstream Superhero Comics by Ravynn K. Stringfield.

Dr. Stringfield does an awesome job illuminating how Eve L. Ewing’s comics career highlights structural inequality in the comics industry

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Finished reading: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean 📚

My first MacLeaniverse adventure and, of course, I loved it.

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Finished reading: The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo 📚

So great. I loved it so much. More later.

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Me: goes to Target Ah, it’s so nice to be out in the world.

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🔖 Read The films that gave us unrealistic expectations about what makes a ‘home’.

…I too had one of those houses I had always dreamed of. But it wasn’t by design… It was by living my life and creating a home that served the needs of that life.