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Go Ahead. Be a Writer

I watched him beat the odds.

BOOK REVIEW: Augusta, by Celia Ryker

A rags-to-relative-comfort story with a fairytale ending.

PLANET WORD: WHERE LANGUAGE COMES TO LIFE

The Planet Word museum was richer than Alice’s rabbithole and just as entertaining.

THE DAY BEFORE ELECTION DAY

Door-knocking in an excellent way to meet fellow citizens you would never meet otherwise.

AN ADDRESS IN AMSTERDAM

This book all about being human, with all the danger, passion, energy, beauty, and danger that entails.

THE SENSITIVE ONE

As I looked at Morris sitting next to me recently, I wondered how she had survived…but after reading her book, I now know.

HOW TO MAKE A LIFE

This saga contains fodder aplenty for the mind to chew on…or maybe you’d just like to read it as a heckuva a good story.

THE DEATH OF A PEOPLE’S DREAM: Two remarkable books, Black Elk Speaks and Born in Tibet

These are cautionary tales in that they suggest that we should “awake, awake, take heed,” as the Buddhist evening mantra goes, and confront the destruction before it swells to flood stage. Failing that, these stories are also an affirmation that all is never lost. There is gold to be woven from the dross of persecution; we’ve seen it over and over again. Look inward to find it.

Review of ONE FRIDAY IN APRIL, A Story of Suicide and Survival, by Donald Antrim

Antrim breaks all the rules in this just-published memoir, achieving a result that is unique and profoundly moving, fascinating, and informative. The story that holds it all together issues from an addled mind where reality is mixed with passion, memory, and illness. Of the classic storylines, this is a man takes a journey, or perhapsContinue reading “Review of ONE FRIDAY IN APRIL, A Story of Suicide and Survival, by Donald Antrim”