It’s Diwali…Kali Puja…Deepavali…Let’s Celebrate! By Mitali Chakravarty

  When I was a child - way back in the 1970s - I was entranced by festivities on Diwali. On one hand, there were...

Where has all the laughter gone? – By Mitali Chakravarty

  There was a time when limericks and humorous poetry made us laugh, when ‘Laughter is the Best Medicine!’ brought tears of merriment to multiple...

My Journey as an Artist & Art Instructor – Cynthia Yatchman

  I was lucky enough to grow up in a household that supported and practiced the arts. I went to  elementary school at a time when...

Old Iron – By Peter Barrett

  The routine was always the same. Winters, usually; summers occasionally. The search for a new car always occurred in the extremes of each season. Dad,...

I’ve Come to the End – By Kenny Chumbley

  With this essay, I conclude my series on fairy tales. I’ve not discussed everyone I could have (E. Nesbit and P. L. Travers, for...

C. S. Lewis and Narnia

  By Kenny Chumbley It is often the case that children are introduced to the genius of C. S. Lewis through his fantasy series, The Chronicles...

J. R. R. Tolkien: The Lord of Fantasy

  By Kenny Chumbley In October 1936, a manuscript for a children’s book arrived at the office of the London publisher Allen & Unwin. Stanley Unwin,...

L. Frank Baum and the Wonder of Oz

  By Kenny Chumbley   He saw his story as a “modernized fairy tale,” but he put no fairies in it. He meant it to be without...

Andrew Lang, The Master of Fairyland

  By Kenny Chumbley In the late 19th century, fairy tales had fallen out of favor with the general public; some educationalists even attacked them as...

J. M. Barrie and The Pan

  By Kenny Chumbley   “You see, Wendy, when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all...
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