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Captaining America: Tales of Two Icons

What could Captain America and Helen Keller possibly have in common?  Read on . . . . As Independence Day approaches, movie theaters try to lure customers with patriotic blockbusters, or at least action-packed adventures, echoing the fight for freedom … Continue reading

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Trending–Heroes and Icons

“Popularity” changes and is rarely “one-size-fits-all.”  We could see such trending last month in back-to-school clothing sales and, more significantly, the toppling of Confederate monuments that lionized slavery’s defenders.  Heroism is time and culture-sensitive.  This is equally true of the … Continue reading

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After the Brussels Bombings: Rethinking Heroes and Villains

This is not the blog post I had planned to write on April Fools’ Day.  But reverberations from the recent Brussels bombings (and now the Lahore attacks) shifted my attention, compelling me back to 9/11 and its explosions.  Read on. … Continue reading

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Clocking the Years

Now that 2014 has eclipsed 2013, are you too clocking time? The years seem to speed by these days, yet I remember when it felt as though I had all the time in the world. In fact, as a child … Continue reading

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Turkish Delights and Dangers

What sense do young U.S. readers, bombarded these days by the war of words between our presidential candidates and assaulted by the images and realities of U.S. gun violence, make of recent events in Turkey?  A failed military takeover of … Continue reading

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O Canada! Super People and Super Heroes

Last month in Montreal, I had the pleasure of dining with three talented illustrator/authors, all members of the SCWBI’s (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’) Eastern Canada Chapter: Julie Prescesky, Julien Chung, and  Emilie Pepin. Chatting with these super people, … Continue reading

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The IDIC of Leonard Nimoy: 1931 to 2015

Thirty-three years ago, the death of Mr. Spock seemed intolerable.  That was the gist of a feature article I wrote back then for the Mankato Free Press.  I was responding to 1982’s  brand-new movie, Star Trek II : The Wrath … Continue reading

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Making the Grade

None of our family now remembers the actual grades that my adult son Daniel earned in fourth grade, but we all remember his early student activism.  When the school principal decided that lunchroom noise was getting out of hand, she … Continue reading

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Esther Abrahams: From Convict to ‘First Lady’

Last February in Australia, an 1823 portrait in Sydney’s Jewish Museum riveted my attention.  Just a few tantalizing facts identified its dark-eyed society matron.  I had to know more . . . . Her Newgate Prison jailors never imagined how … Continue reading

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