As luck would have it, the 50th year anniversary of Harper Lee’s sole, yet widely read, novel To Kill A Mockingbird dovetailed nicely with Father’s Day this year. I say luckily because even when I first read this book as a 16 year old, I knew that in reading about one of the central characters, a taciturn and principled Southern lawyer who takes an impossible, unwinnable case — was more than just a character. Atticus Finch was a colossus, with a humility that belies his true strength. And most importantly, he was a dedicated father.
There are some strong mother figures in popular novels, poetry, films, and mythology who are celebrated or justly maligned. Some are inspirational, and others provoke the utmost terror. And some are unsung, yet play an important part in the stories of some of the most iconic characters of our time.
A childhood memory of a natural playground can remind us of different ways to envision the future when it comes to preserving and respecting the natural world.
As part of International Guitar Month, writer Rob Jones celebrates the guitar by highlighting influential and innovative players through out the decades. You might not have heard of some of them…but you should.
When you look back into the past, and then compare it to a real life picture on Facebook, the truth often can surprise you. One of the powers of social media is the gap of time it closes, and the shift in perspective it can initiate. It can be a transformative experience, especially when it humanizes the school bully.