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by Sam Juliano

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

Aside from a tragic passing there can be no more traumatic event in a young person’s life than the heartbreak caused by relocation.  While the emotional sting of separation almost always represents a temporary setback -there are after all new relationships to be made- it nonetheless provokes despair and desolation.  The way to combat this time of emotional upheaval is often the same way people deal with other unexpected or unwelcome happenings – to be creative, to remember and honor all the wonderful times shared, in short to work diligently to keep the friendship alive by maintaining communication.  Jessixa Bagley’s Before I Leave initially presents this wrenching theme as a fearful proposition, one fraught with skepticism that even positive energy may be unable to dim.  Bagley came to the project with big shoes to fill, as the book represents the follow up her debut Boats For Papa, a rapturous and deeply moving masterpiece about love and loss that was said to be a likely Caldecott Medal or Honor nominee in the hugely competitive 2015 calendar year.  Yet the talented author-illustrator from the Pacific Northwest refused to lighten up, and came back with another provocative, poignant and melancholic theme, one as universal and topical as her prior work. (more…)

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Pictured: Denzel Washington (Troy Maxson) & Viola Davis (Rose)

by Sam Juliano

And so another Christmas has passed into the annals of history.  We in the northeast had a moderate day temperature-wise, and as always got together with family in a fabulous location.  The downside was that Melanie, Jillian and Danny had to stay home with various flu-related illness.  So far the rest of us have been spared.  As per our annual tradition we got out to the movie theater, and in fact saw two of the new releases back to back.  Otherwise the past week was occupied by last minute Christmas shopping, preparation and for me the grueling and time-consuming  if engaging continuation of the Caldecott Medal Contender series, which will run until January 20th. (The awards will be announced on the 22nd).  2016 has been the saddest year in memory, but I will make more reference on next week’s day-after New Year’s Day Diary.

At home on 7 Spruce Street we managed all the Christmas staples – the 1951 A Christmas Carol, the 1947 Miracle on 34th Street, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Polar Express and the musical Scrooge.  Now we get to enjoys a short break before returning to our school positions on Tuesday, January 3rd. I trust everyone enjoyed the holiday and am looking forward to hearing reports on watched films or any other activities worth noting. (more…)

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