Never Forget

My latest novel is a Young Adult novel about three teens. It is appropriate for ages twelve to eighteen. Look at where it can be read for free for now. If a teacher wishes to use it in class and wants a study guide, I can furnish it.

Overall, Never Forget is about how during one school year three teens from a suburban high school go through experiences together and learn lessons they will never forget. It’s a novel that teens can read for pleasure and schools can use to promote empathy for “the other”-any other teen who comes from a different social stratum from one’s own.
A high school English teacher is using the book with her class now.

For my new book, “Never Forget”

This is a lamassu from the Palace of Sargon II in Khorsbad. I viewed it at the Oriental Institute in Chicago. My newest book is a Young Adult story about the relationship among three teenagers at a local high school. Each one has a different  problem. How each one resolves it is the crux of the book. Through an unexpected visit to the Oriental Institute, the three develop a passion to learn more about the history behind this forty thousand pound colossus. I wanted this to be a book about real teenagers and their interactions rather than the more common fantasy story of today.

I just returned from a trip to Nova Scotia. It was beautiful.  I discovered that Longfellow wrote his epic poem, Evangeline, about a young woman in Nova Scotia who devoted her life to finding her long lost love.  I bought a copy of the book and highly recommend it for its descriptions about the landscapes and people in this lush, verdant country.IMG_1388.JPG

Angel and the Three Magi

I showed this piece to women in the Naperville Newcomers group yesterday when I gave a powerpoint presentation about Western Art.  I  think this is a precious sculpture from the portal of a cathedral in Paris.  The women in the Newcomers group were so interested and interesting.  Most had traveled the world and seen many of the works of art about which I spoke.


Palm Springs and Photographer Curtis

I just went to Palm Springs and imagined how life was for the Native Americans who lived here with the palms and desert until the early 1900s.  Then I went to an art exhibit in Palm Springs about Edward Curtis who photographed Native Americans over one hundred years ago—showing them in the desert.  What a guy!  Travelling around with his camera from group to group.  I thought of writing about him.

My new book, Across the Alps, has been published!

photoStanding on a ridge of the Bavarian Alps, the Renaissance’s greatest woodcut artist, Albrecht Dürer, is torn between responsibility and infatuation. Below him lie Venice and the vibrant woman he just met. Ahead of him is Nuremberg, where he and his wife make their home.

If you want to find out how Dürer resolves his problem and at the same time learn about art, history, and interesting locations, I invite you to read Across the Alps.

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