‘Tis the season for excess.
At this time of year, when we should all be thinking of others and trying to be the person our dog thinks we are etc., the impulse to go overboard can get the best of the best of us.
When my children were little, and still true believers in the […]
In the eyes of a child even a small pond can seem an ocean.
Shuffle the deck of time and space. Stir in a cup of memory, a teaspoon of hope. Add two cups of terror, one stick of courage and a teaspoon of tears. Beat in two or three hearts. Bake in moonlight […]
A Couple of Harpers in 1955
My father died last week.
He had been in poor health for years, suffering with various aches and ailments, undergoing treatments, countless examinations. He was pretty fed up with it all by the time he reached his 89th birthday, when we all came to wish him well, to […]
Every parent is a lifeguard.
Maurice Sendak just died, at the age of 83.
Though I never knew him, the loss feels personal to me. Some of my happiest hours as a parent were spent reading books with my kids. For a time there I knew “In the Midnight Kitchen” by heart.
Sendak was […]