Dangerous Nostalgia

Image Description: Cracked rose-tinted glasses “Rose-colored glasses are never made in bifocals. Nobody wants to read the small print in dreams.” — Ruth Crowley (writing under her pen name: Ann Landers) To think a thought of longing, For days to dream upon, To hope for times gone once before, Yet know these times are gone. […]

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Nostalgia’s Rhythm

Above: Lake near Nisswa, Minnesota   My earliest memory of listening to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, his ‘Emperor’ Concerto is at my maternal grandparents’ house in Nisswa, Minnesota, a lakeside town in the Northern United States. That’s where my grandparents moved when Papa retired from his job with Ford Motor Company in 1994. My […]

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The magic of children’s literature

Children’s fiction contains a Wonderland of possibilities: dragons, mermaids and animal croquet (partially replicated on Oxford’s quads in Trinity). From the enchanting halls of Hogwarts to the battered old tent in Horrid Henry’s back garden, we all have memories – hopefully endearing – of reading as a child. Yet it wasn’t until I arrived at […]

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