Toni Myers Toni Myers is a librarian and lifelong learner, an advocate for children in low income schools, a photographer, and coordinator of the group Aging Gratefully. She was a founding mother of the Seattle Public Library Bookineers, bookcart precision drill team. She travel blogs at tonibennett.blogspot.com/.
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Women Who Serve: Pastor Gretchen and the ‘No-Cost’ Thanksgiving Meal

By Toni Myers
By Toni Myers

Pastor Gretchen Mertes is responsible, along with many helpers, for the "Thanks Giving Dinner," a church tradition. Over 60 volunteers pitch in to offer this feast for 200 people. Anybody and everybody are welcome, from people without permanent homes to those who have no family to celebrate with. There are no buffet lines, all are seated at tables in order to create a family atmosphere.

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Money & Careers

A Woman Who’s Made a Difference: Mary Palmer, Seattle’s Pied Piper

By Toni Myers
By Toni Myers

The Global Reading Challenge is designed to include all fourth/fifth graders, not just the avid readers, though they are its biggest cheerleaders. Though it means more work, they love the excitement (as well as the safety) of competing in teams; the wild and crazy practice sessions; the recognition by everyone in school; the realization later that they will always and forever be Global Scholars.

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Books · News · Politics

Book Review: “Liar Temptress Soldier Spy”

By Toni Myers
By Toni Myers

Morse-code messages in needlework . . . dispatches sewn into hoop skirts . . . a spy/coquette called both “an accomplished prostitute” and “the Secesh Cleopatra” . . . who knew? A review of a rousing new book about the daring and resourceful female spies—and soldiers—of the Civil War.

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News

Another Woman Who’s Made a Difference: Mary Palmer, Seattle’s Pied Piper

By Toni Myers
The Global Reading Challenge is designed to include all fourth/fifth graders, not just the avid readers, though they are its biggest cheerleaders. Though it means more work, they love the excitement (as well as the safety) of competing in teams; the wild and crazy practice sessions; the recognition by everyone in school; the realization later that they will always and forever be Global Scholars.
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Arts & Culture · Books

I Wrote a Novel in 18 Days. You Can, Too!

By Toni Myers
By Toni Myers

I learned that giving myself to a story for a few weeks was not only fun, but enlightening. Who needs to try memoir when a novel can serve the same purpose? Mine was all about me, in a way. I killed myself off and soon was resurrected in the twenty-something characters of my grandchildren. I loved traveling and escaping the forces of evil.

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Arts & Culture · Books

Toni Reads: Elizabeth Gilbert’s “The Signature of All Things”

By Toni Myers
By Toni Myers

I loved Gilbert’s blockbuster "Eat, Pray. Love," a beautiful fantasy, in contrast to "The Signature," a realistic novel full of believable detail. It matters not if you hated "Eat, Pray, Love"; you will be in awe of Gilbert’s new novel. She writes convincingly and elegantly in a 19th-century style, with intelligent prose and characters you won’t soon forget.

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