Tag Archives: New York City

In War and Peace

What happens when peacetime resembles war?  I will be pondering this question in coming weeks as we celebrate Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month here in the U.S.A. This year there will be a special focus on the … Continue reading

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More or Less Grimm

Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, and other festive occasions . . . . Two recent, compelling fairy tale volumes would make excellent gifts this holiday season.  Matt Phelan’s Snow White: A Graphic Novel (2016) and Shaun Tan’s The Singing Bones … Continue reading

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Recognizing Words . . . Reading Stories

Being illiterate was frustrating!  In Japan last May, I could not read package labels in grocery stores and pharmacies, follow the directions posted on street maps, or understand the background information displayed on many museum exhibits.  Japan’s written language is … Continue reading

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“Larger-than Life”? Art, Fame, and Family

Does the expression “larger-than-life” bring images of Mt. Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, or Michelangelo’s David to mind?  This term is often used to describe the scale of public art, designed to impress viewers with its grandeur even alongside natural … 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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