Phil Jamison Hoedowns, Reels and Frolics: Roots and branches of Southern Appalachian Dance University of Illinois Press by Glen Herbert Alex Ross wrote recently in the New Yorker that “when classical-music fans hear that a new Hollywood production has a scene set at the opera or the symphony, they reflexively prepare to cringe. Typically, such scenes give a klutzy … Continue reading Rethinking Appalachia
“It sounds weird,” says Deirdre Baker, “but studies have shown that children who have fathers who read are more likely to become readers.” She’s right. That does sound weird. Continue reading The stories of our youth
It’s discouraging to think that, since the Wizard of Oz was released as a feature film, the foremost image in North Americans’ minds of dwarfism has been the lollipop kids.
by Glen Herbert Continue reading Reading Disability
He might have been the father of natural selection, but Charles Darwin, first, was a father to his children.
by Glen Herbert Continue reading Doodling with Darwin’s children
“Value the talents they all have, the work they do,” says Jane Yolen. “AND TELL THEM THAT.”
by Glen Herbert Continue reading Birds, books and fatherhood: An interview with Jane Yolen
“As I look back, as I say, my life has been a fairy tale … [complete] with all its monsters. I think we have all kinds of characters within ourselves. And sometimes the most important characters we have within ourselves are our demons.”
By Glen Herbert Continue reading Drawing with Tomi Ungerer
“Now I saw plainly the goodness of his observations about the middle station of life, how easy, how comfortably he had lived all his days, and never had been exposed to tempests at sea or troubles on shore; and I resolved that I would, like a true repenting prodigal, go home to my father.”
By Daniel Defoe Continue reading “I would be satisfied with nothing but going to sea …”
When John Wyndham wrote “The Chrysalids” sixty years ago, he had no idea that the concept at the heart of the story — anonymous global communication — would ever become a reality. Still, he seemed to have a good idea of what we’d do with it if it ever did.
By Glen Herbert Continue reading The Chrysalids at 60
Food touches us all. We put it into our bodies, it’s intimate and personal, and while we can make choices about what we eat, abstinence is not one of those choices. Whether we’re eating a 20-ounce steak, poi, or quinoa salad, it’s an expression of who we are, where we’ve come from, and where we intend to go.
By Glen Herbert Continue reading What we eat