Monday, November 28, 2016

The Comforter in the Story

One of my favorite characters in Pages in the Wind is Doctor Lieberman. At first, an unlikely hero, he is everything you would want in a wise man. In many ways, he is the comforter in the story. When things become sad or dark, the doctor makes us feel we can find our way back from a seemingly impossible human condition. I love him. Here is an excerpt from the story, Pages in the Wind.

The doctor glanced at me without releasing the grip on his pen. "One moment, please."

It amazed me that such a frail man could write with such vigor. I looked forward now to our weekly visits, to some extent because it gave me a break from solitary, but also because I'd grown to like him. He never treated me like an inmate and, in spite of the murder charge, he managed to make me believe I had some good in me.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Are we becoming too mean?

We have a new president. People are marching on the streets. Groups are taking sides. Is it really a surprise? I'm more and more disheartened by what I read online. Whether it's Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites, the threads I read just seem to get meaner. Heck, read product or book reviews and ask yourself...are the comments productive and respectful or just plain cruel? Why glum on to the negative comments instead of sticking up for civility? I plan to. We all have different pain thresholds and that includes emotional thresholds. I get hurt by mean comments and I'm sure I'm not the only one. There is a world of difference between constructive comments and the personal "you suck and aren't worth my time" kind of comments I read online. Why be so mean? Those cruel (and I've read comments so much worse) words are not going into cyberspace...they are going into someone's mind and soul. I wish people would think about that before their fingers touch the keyboard. Maybe stop for two minutes and think about it before you post words that are just plain mean.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Pages in the Wind - Identity

Pages in the Wind explores the impact of harsh criticism, especially during the formative years. Funny, how we can remember a hurtful word or put down, especially if it's said by someone we love. In this scene, Emily joyfully sings a song as she skips around the yard. But she wakes up her father, who angrily tells her to shut up. 

I felt deflated, like one of those helium balloons that flies high until one day, it's just a blob of vinyl on the ground with all the air sucked out.
I trotted back to the chair. I felt deflated, like a helium balloon that f