Category Archives: graphic novels

Hurricane Times

Cartoonists around the globe responded swiftly to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  Some artists focused on the political or scientific conflicts that swirled around these storms, while others focused on the disasters’ human dimensions.  Now Maria has entered the fray.  I … 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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Not Just “For the Birds”

Saying something is “for the birds” is an old-fashioned put-down.  It means “not worth much” and actually refers to the horse droppings on city streets that birds once ate.  (So my saying that President Trump’s policies are “for the birds” … Continue reading

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Beyond Graduation: Leaving and Returning Home

June brings proud smiles and commencement speeches for graduates of all ages.  For many older grads, another rite of passage will soon follow: leaving home for college or that first full-time job.  At least, this is the idealized version of … Continue reading

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Bigger Than Life? Tall Tales and “Fake News”

We Minnesotans love tall tales—especially ones about Paul Bunyan.   Kids read about how his huge feet supposedly stomped out our 10,000 lakes and how the giant chopped down thousands of trees with one ax stroke.  The communities of Bemidji and … Continue reading

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Today’s Tomorrow

“May Day! May Day! May Day!”  That desperate radio call for help—once the best way for airplanes to signal disaster—is such an appropriate beginning for this May 1 blog post.  Today’s inspiration is neither the traditional spring holiday nor the … Continue reading

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April Hopes and Promises

Even experienced gardeners may be fooled by hopes raised by fine April weather.  Colorful buds promising full flowers can still be savaged this month by thundering rains, high winds, or even a sudden frost.  Similarly, children and others may be … Continue reading

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