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Poetry has many purposes: to celebrate, communicate and commemorate, to draw out feelings and impressions that help us understand the soul, to explore the far frontiers of language.  A poem can...
A poor teenage couple struggling to provide a decent life for a small child would engender feelings of sympathy and charity in most people.  But not many would take the step to become a...
A poor teenage couple struggling to provide a decent life for a small child would engender feelings of sympathy and charity in most people.  But not many would take the step to become a...
Reading a biography, autobiography or personal memoir allows us to add someone else's life to our own.  We can follow them through the pages and share their struggles and pleasures,...
Things don't always follow a straight line.  "Night Navigation" by Ginnah Howard is the middle novel in a trilogy.  The first part -- entitled "Rope and Bone" --...
Rachel Dickinson’s introduction to the world of falconry was rather abrupt. Her husband, Tim Gallagher, brought home a kestrel one day, a young bird that had been brought in to the Lab of...
For three days in mid-August, 1969, the center of the Universe was a dairy farmer's field in New York's Southern Tier that is now a cultural landmark.  It was the scene of an event...
The year 1948 was a tough one.  World War II had ended, the Cold War had turned former allies into adversaries, there seemed to be scary monsters everywhere.  Hollywood held sway over the...
When Timothy Wahl was growing up on a dairy farm in Allegany County , NY, Town of Andover , going to Andover Central School, doing the chores and playing games in Elm Valley, few would have thought...
What is the meaning of "romance"?  One of life's great questions, indeed. Searching out the definition of romance may lead us past a style of 16th century song, a group of...