Years ago my mother gave me an old cookbook. “You like to cook a lot more than I do,” she said. I asked where she got it, and her response touched me deeply even though the woman who originally owned it was someone I barely knew. Continue reading “Cherishing a cookbook with a backstory from a woman I barely knew”
I’ve been working on a book of children’s poems, adding new ones to verses I originally wrote for my girls years ago. At the same time I noticed a post by poet and translator A. M. Juster on social media. He asked us to share our favorite children’s poem.
For me that was hard because there are so many. I posted a quick response and then realized one of my top favorites is actually a book-long poem, but it’s a poem anyone of any age can enjoy. Continue reading “One poet’s favorite poems for children”
When I bring home a book by Erik Larson, my husband groans. Larson is one of the few authors whose books are so riveting I cannot put them down. He is the maestro of the page turner. It took me years to get around to reading Larson’s book on the sinking of the Lusitania by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland. I thought I knew what I needed to know about that horrific tragedy.
I was completely wrong, and I realized how wrong others were, including history teachers. Continue reading “Larson upends what you think you know about ‘Lusitania’ in ‘Dead Wake’”
Poetry has long been a favorite habit for my family. In times past, we had to go to a physical venue to hear poets read. Technology like Zoom has changed that, and now everyone can hear fine poets read online. Three talented women, Jane Greer, Marly Youmans, and Sally Thomas, will share their work in a special program, ‘Reading in the Air.’ Continue reading “Poets come together on Zoom for ‘Reading in the Air’”
What does a long dead pope have to do with us everyday Americans, even if we aren’t Catholic? A lot more than you might think, including nuances about the current plague of Covid-19 when you think about it. Continue reading “Book about long dead pope who quit says a lot about world today”