Maria. . .Maria. . .I Just Read A Book by “Maria.”

Maria. . .Maria. . .I Just Read A Book by “Maria.”

(Review based upon the Advanced Reader Copy of BECOMING MARIA: LOVE AND CHAOS IN THE SOUTH BRONX) After 45 years, Sonia Manzano is retiring from her …

 

Childhood Treasures or “These PEARLS Are All Mine”

Childhood Treasures or “These PEARLS Are All Mine”

I found these ten PEARLS BEFORE SWINE books at a yard sale this morning. They were in a box with some Calvin and Hobbes and …

 

GO SET A WATCHMAN: Book Commentary

GO SET A WATCHMAN: Book Commentary

At first, I wanted to title this post, “Whatchoo Talkin’ ‘Bout, Atticus” (with a media-embedded laugh track), but then I thought, “This book is important …

 

THE PEOPLE THAT YOU MEET SERIES:This is “Squish;” He’s Your Reader

THE PEOPLE THAT YOU MEET SERIES:This is “Squish;” He’s Your Reader

This is Squish. He is seven years old I met this young man at The Palace in Louisville where we both ended up in “the pit” to …

 

“No Book Left Behind” or Responding to Book-Related Emergencies

“No Book Left Behind” or Responding to Book-Related Emergencies

  The other day, our family enjoyed a nice lunch at The Village Anchor. It’s a lovely little place where one can enjoy covered, outside dining. …

 

“How to Set a Broken Wing” Poetry Month 1/30

“How to Set a Broken Wing” Poetry Month 1/30

  “How to Set a Broken Wing” While the four of us sat in our separate schools made of stone and bits of brick, she took her broken arm act to …

 

THE ALEX CROW POEMS 4: “Love and the Melting Man”

THE ALEX CROW POEMS 4: “Love and the Melting Man”

    It’s a problem with tuning when all you have is an old push-button radio; you’re always just between stations, pudgy fingers poking the tabs hoping to land in …

 

THE ALEX CROW POEMS 3: “We Can Move the World”

THE ALEX CROW POEMS 3: “We Can Move the World”

  “We Can Move the World” We are deft carriers of couches, our hands gripping one end of a sofa, grunting, there is no one on the other side.   We …

 

THE ALEX CROW POEMS 2: “Tapping Our Temples”

THE ALEX CROW POEMS 2: “Tapping Our Temples”

When we are very, very, very small, they put our hands into soft mitts to keep them from going into our mouth and into our eyes. We bat …

 

THE ALEX CROW POEMS: “Three Clicks Right”

THE ALEX CROW POEMS: “Three Clicks Right”

  Three clicks right. Three feels right.   A butcher. A baker. A candlestick maker.   They’ve always come in threes.   Men in tubs. Stooges on the television.   Bullies who went for our guts and bent us …