Category Archives: From the Bookshelf

From the Bookshelf: Twigs in my Hair, A Gardening Memoir, by Cynthia Reyes

A common Post-Enlightenment concept is that occupations have an art and science to them.  As a therapist, sometimes I approach an intervention from the science side, using the concept of evidence-based practice to guide the rehabilitation process.  Biological, neurological, or … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Library Lost, by Laurie Graves

Laurie Graves’ second novel in The Great Library series, Library Lost, came out in time for a copy to be under our Christmas tree, seven months ago.  I have had it in my reading queue, but various events, including packing … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Heartspark, by Mike Mallow

I think of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, to be the first science fiction novel.  Prior to this time, stories (mostly in poetic or theatrical formats) were mythologies and legends from the Greek and Roman pantheons, Nordic epics, and lives of … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: The Ecumenism of Beauty, edited by Timothy Vernon

A couple of decades ago, my father visited me, a sort of father-son weekend in Washington, D.C.  Given that he has an ardent faith, I suggested that we attend the Sunday worship service as the Grace Church, in Georgetown.  This is … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Maya and the Book of Everything, by Laurie Graves

Imagination… In the beginning was the Word… Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy… If music be the food of love, play on,… How many stories are told and re-told. Borrowing from, or building … Continue reading

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Book Review: Myrtle the Purple Turtle, by Cynthia Reyes

Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! Did I say, “Beautiful!? Cynthia Reyes’ children’s book, Myrtle the Purple Turtle, is a beautiful story. How she symbolized her daughter’s childhood experience of shame of being different is beautiful. Her resolution of the callousness of bullies … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: My Years in Communist China, by Eva Diao

Every once in a while, I find a book on my shelf which I had forgotten about for a couple of decades. After those not-too-light-reading texts by Friedman and Chomsky, I skimmed for something less taxing. My eye settled on … Continue reading

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