Category Archives: biographies

Picturing Butterflies

A brand new, sumptuous picture book biography is my focus today. Its illustrations refreshed my winter-weary eyes, even as its crystal-clear language movingly revealed an exceptional woman, from girlhood through old age.  And, whether by remarkable coincidence or fate, my … Continue reading

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States of Mind

What is your state of mind right now?  Festive . . .  as you think of upcoming winter holidays?  Fearful . . . as you contemplate current political events and crises?  Or are you calm and content because you enjoy … 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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Going Nuclear

Going nuclear?  A recent, award-winning picture book; another acclaimed, older picture book; and some classic and in-progress graphic novels remind us just how terrible this military choice has been.  These works center upon the World War II atomic devastation of … Continue reading

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Emancipation and Inauguration–Days Old and New

Three award-winning picture books are my focus today.  Read on. Life-altering changes brought by the stroke of a pen or the tick of a clock—the beginning of African-American History month brings many thoughts to mind.  One is how the official … Continue reading

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Twenty-first Century Genius

Two graphic novelists were among the twenty-three creative people recently awarded an annual MacArthur “Genius” grant, with its hefty prize money.  The MacArthur Foundation “celebrates and inspires the creative potential of individuals through no-strings-attached fellowships.”  I was delighted to see that … Continue reading

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School Days vs. Labor Days

Is that alarm clock set to go off for school or work?  And how do the young people in your life feel, come September, when they answer that question?  Here in the U.S., Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end … Continue reading

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