Monthly Archives: June 2012

The sun will set. Get in the sandbox.

Recently, someone asked me for my favorite childhood memory and the first one that came to me was this: I am an eight-year-old boy sitting alone on the metal milk box on the front steps of my family’s house in … Continue reading

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The Proustian Madeleines that Inspired a Novel

When I was a boy and trying desperately to give a wide berth to the latest culinary travesty my Swedish mother had scooped onto my dinner plate—my mother was a well-intentioned cook, but far too interested in conversation to squirrel … Continue reading

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Big thanks to some hill country pops

I had a terrific father and certainly I will raise a glass to him today — the first Father’s Day when he is not with me on this great spinning blue gumball somewhere in the midst of the Orion Arm … Continue reading

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The Armenian Weekly says “The Sandcastle Girls” is “compelling and powerful.”

Writing about The Sandcastle Girls in a recent issue of The Armenian Weekly, reviewer Wendy Plotkin concluded, “”The scope of The Sandcastle Girls is almost epic. . .While there are the rich personal stories that his readers connect to, what he has … Continue reading

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Don’t let the sun set on your summer.

We are now in the midst of that glorious three-week period when the days are longest – and for another ten days, they will be growing longer still – and we can watch the sunset hours after finishing dinner. And … Continue reading

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Library Journal stars “The Sandcastle Girls” and calls it “simply astounding.”

Library Journal offered its verdict this week on “The Sandcastle Girls:” A starred review. Concluded critic Julie Kane, “Bohjalian powerfully narrates an intricately nuanced romance with a complicated historical event at the forefront. With the centennial of the Armenian genocide … Continue reading

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Greenhouse gases? More than meets the eye.

It’s June, which means we are well into the barbecue season even here in the Land of the Polar Tomato. When I was a boy – yes, those are the five most annoying words any middle-aged person can string together … Continue reading

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