July/August 2022 (Vol. XXXV, No. 7)

Dear Friends ~ I can still remember the sensations—the reverberations—as a young child cradled in my mom's lap listening to one Berenstain Bears book after another. There was the way her breath tickled across my ear, and the vibration of her voice moving from her chest, against my back. The first summer I joined my in-laws on their lake vacation, I observed an aunt, huddled with her 8-year-old beneath a blanket on the couch, where she read a Tolkien novel to him. I wonder if her now-grown son remembers how she did all the voices and stopped to answer each of his questions as the story unfolded.

Mysterious and mighty stories

It is easy to forget how mysterious and mighty stories are. They do their work in silence, invisibly. They work with all the internal materials of the mind and self. They become part of you while changing you.

All that I hope to say in books

All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.
~ E.B. White

Before you can appreciate the light

Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.
~ Madeleine L'Engle in A RING OF ENDLESS LIGHT

Fairy tales

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
~ Neil Gaiman in CORALINE

You begin to share your stories

There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you... until the day you begin to share your stories. And all at once, in the room where no one else is quite like you, the world opens itself up a little wider to make some space for you.
~ Jacqueline Woodson in THE DAY YOU BEGIN

Love what you got while you got it

There ain't no way you can hold onto something that wants to go, you understand? You can only love what you got while you got it.

Each time a child opens a book

It is very risky. But each time a child opens a book, he pushes open the gate that separates him from Elsewhere.
~ Lois Lowry

Memories need to be shared

The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.
~ Lois Lowry in THE GIVER

It's up to you

There are things you can't back down on, things you gotta take a stand on. But it's up to you to decide what them things are.
~ Mildred D. Taylor in ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY
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