Tag Archives: memoir

Immigrant Generations

Have you been busy calming your young people’s new school or classroom jitters?  In my senior citizen circles, this duty falls to grandparents as well as parents and school staff.  It can be even more frightening or puzzling for students … 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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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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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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Memories and Motives–Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray Soda

Even now, I can taste the sharp sweetness of Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray soda.  This East Coast drink is my Yiddishkeit version of Marcel Proust’s madeleine, the bite-sized piece of sponge cake that launched seven volumes of Remembrance of Things Past.  … 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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