We All Are Orphans

My Life

Lemony Snicket delivered the prime example of what critic Lenika Cruz called “postmodern literature for children” (Atlantic, October, 2014). The Baudelaire siblings, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny (a snappish baby with sharp teeth), endured thirteen volumes of misery in “A Series of Unfortunate Events” starting with a house fire that killed their parents.

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LIBRARIES: OASES NOT CAVES

Where would you go for disaster relief? No, I am not talking about the economy; I am referring to events that would evacuate citizens to designated shelters, such as hospitals or schools. A New York Times article this morning points to better choices: libraries. The suggestion was made when Eric Klinenberg, a sociologist at

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“No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.”

MOXIECOSMOS SAYS . . .

Aldo Leopold has been on my mind, and although it is two months early for this particular quote attributed to him, it fits the way we observed Easter weekend, April 2-5.

“In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can

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My library was a school of fish.

MOXIE COSMOS SAYS…

In the acknowledgement pages of SOPHIE REDESIGNED I pay tribute to librarians.  This is not to win favor so they put my book on their shelves; it is to point out the virtues of what sometimes seems like an endangered institution.

When I worked alongside Tucson’s librarians in the 1970s, their biggest

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