Thursday, September 28, 2017

Recent Article in Volume One magazine

Life is about change, but I struggle with it. Please check out my recent article in Volume One magazine: Saying Goodbye to SwingSets and Campers
Please share any comments or reflections you have on letting go of seminal objects.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Review of Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder



I read this entire story as an extended metaphor about a young girl's transition to adulthood. I was fascinated by the magic of the island as Jinny introduces it to her Care. I loved the winds that support the children when they jump into them, how the snakes never bite, and how the children know how to dry out fruit to make a sort of candy. As the story unfolded, I wanted to know who sent these children here, who created the rules, and why do they have to leave at a certain time? When Jinny refuses to follow the rules, the island seems to "break." I want to know what happens next. Does Jinny succeed in saving Loo? Is the island forever ruined for the children? I salute the artistry of the story but I found the ending super frustrating. I was left with too many questions. I wanted the island to be a fully thought out world, but Snyder leaves her readers at sea with Jinny.