Tag Archives: Judaism

Holy Lands

One Navajo, one Jew: two distinct “holy lands.” Our recent ten day sojourn in Santa Fe, New Mexico reminded me of how culture and personal vision determine which particular portions of Mother Earth we hold sacred.  Writing from the small … Continue reading

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Ten Plagues and Two Graphic Novels

For a few days in spring, before cable TV and streaming media, actor Charlton Heston once dominated North America’s television airwaves.  Sometimes on the same weekend, Heston’s rugged features and sonorous voice would bring Biblical times to life at Passover … 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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The Pilgrims in Our Family–Another Look at Thanksgiving Day

Three hundred years and counting—that is the time between pilgrim voyages in our family.  Let me explain. As a Jewish parent, I was delighted decades ago to discover Barbara Cohen’s fine book for young readers, Molly’s Pilgrim (1985; 1998; 2005).  … Continue reading

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Being Different: Artists and Other Outsiders

I am celebrating! Last month, the state of Minnesota legalized same-sex marriage, removing one layer of hurtful, official “difference” from our local landscape. As emotional and social landscapes continue to shift, too, we may see some changes in how graphic … Continue reading

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Sharp Objects and Sharper Kids: Redefining Heroism

What does it take to be a hero? In comics, physical daring and superpowers are typically needed. Spiderman broke new ground in the 1960s when teen Peter Parker realized that “with great power there must also come great responsibility.” Parker had … Continue reading

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