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Sadness Bounded by Joy

This weekend, we had to say goodbye to our dear senior cat, Kiki—queen of powerful purrs, responsive meows, pillowy fur, and gentle yet persistent snuzzles of affection. Her health declined in a matter of days, and she died naturally at home, more peacefully than we dared to hope. But man, it hurts. Finding comfort in… Continue reading Sadness Bounded by Joy

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A Teenager’s Journey on Death Row

Bryan Bliss’s sobering and daring new young adult novel, We'll Fly Away, begins and ends with the first-person musings of a teenage boy on death row. Luke is writing letters to his best friend, Toby—a practice encouraged by the compassionate nun overseeing his care. With each prison missive, the reader learns a little more about the… Continue reading A Teenager’s Journey on Death Row

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The Beauty of Dappled People

In the first scene of Heart Spring Mountain, a layered, multi-generational novel, a woman high on heroin wanders outside as 2011’s Hurricane Irene batters rural Vermont. Her name is Bonnie and she is thinking about how she has “just found Jesus” as she walks out in the wild storm. She disappears, leaving her family and community… Continue reading The Beauty of Dappled People

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Embracing Blindness

Have Dog, Will Travel is the story of Stephen Kuusisto, who was born blind to parents who taught him to hide his disability. It is also the story of Corky, the smart and spirited guide dog that taught him a better way of being in the world. Throughout childhood and into his late thirties, Kuusisto… Continue reading Embracing Blindness