Category Archives: memoir

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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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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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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Relishing Something New

 A health crisis recently overtook our family, with my son Daniel suddenly in the hospital a long way from our home.  Now that his health is more stable, the problem being addressed, I find myself thinking about those questions and … Continue reading

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Sunny Side Ups and Downs

Life’s ups and downs for ten-year olds are very different from those of senior citizens.  Yet there is also common ground that ultimately unites ten-year old Sunny Lewin and her Gramps in Sunny Side Up (2015).  This brand-new, semi-autobiographical memoir … Continue reading

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Satisfying Sequels . . . and More

When it comes to graphic literature, do you like to “snack” on smaller, individual comics, or would you rather sit down to the “full meal” of a compilation? When publishing sequels, today’s comic book industry caters to both tastes. Some … Continue reading

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Lawbreakers and the Vote

When is it right to break the law?  To defy the police?  Who decides whether an illegal act is an act of heroism rather than just a crime?  These questions are on my mind today, Election Day here in the … Continue reading

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