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October 13, 2019

Today, Columbus Day is being celebrated in Spain—the colonization of the Americas. The lost Spanish empire. Why is Christopher Columbus, one individual, famous for this? What differentiated Columbus from other explorers who came to the Americas?

No one “discovered” Amer...

July 31, 2019

My nephew, James Camali, is finishing up his movie. It’s called The Mental State. It’s about a teenage boy in the rural South who manifests signs of mental illness and can’t get any help. His mother tries at the school, at the church, with psychologists, and there is n...

November 18, 2018

Cover Up

“We are all African!” said a blond-haired blue-eyed professor named Spencer Wells, a geneticist and anthropologist. He had been working on tracing DNA for National Geographic to document genetic diversity throughout the world. The film that was produced after d...

November 4, 2018

I just finished reading The Raven's Children by Yulia Yakovleva and I found many reasons to recommend this book to both young people and adults. Set in Soviet Leningrad, the main character’s parents and little brother get taken away to a gulag and he is confused by thi...

October 25, 2018

Oct. 3, 2018

My sister Monika died yesterday in Germany. She was 75, the child of my father during his imprisonment in World War II. I only found out about her when I was already in my 40s and she in her 50s (more than ten years after my father's death). She was, unfort...

September 16, 2018

Sometimes I fall asleep with my cat’s head under my chin. It is his idea. For some reason he likes that.

He likes it when I am lying on my left side and he too can get his little head on the pillow alongside me. Yes, he still loves curling up into a complete circle, a f...

January 3, 2018

Ten Books I Recommend

A few friends have asked me for book recommendations. I can strongly recommend these books from last year’s reading. I enjoyed them a lot. I also included my own book, Pink Flamingos, which I finished translating last summer. Happy reading!

The Moor...

December 20, 2017

My friend Lena and I are going thro