Archive for July 2018

What to Do with the Art of a Sunday Painter

What to Do with the Art of a Sunday Painter
I am plagued by what to do with my father’s art, much of which resides in my basement. Dad was a prolific Sunday painter as well as an art collector. I have inherited artwork from him as well as his own canvases. My home is covered with art, both my father’s and from his collection.... Read more »

Starting School: My Earliest School Memories Were Not So Happy

Do you remember the cloak room or folding your piece of paper into eight sections? If yes, maybe you started school in the fifties like I did. That was an era when parents were more ghosts than helicopters and when The Teacher’s word was respected and feared. We sat in neat rows with lots of... Read more »

Women’s Rights: What my Granddaughters Need to Know

My 12-year-old granddaughter, who has declared her intention to be the first woman president, was shocked to learn that in 1940, a widow supporting two children earned half the salary of her male co-workers at a public relations firm. “That’s not fair,” she declared. Indeed, it is not, but it still happens today. This is... Read more »
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Citizens Should be Literate, Not Poorly Educated

In my home town of Detroit, children do not have the right to be taught to read. Judge Stephen Murphy recently ruled in Gary B. v. Snyder that the Constitution does not guarantee kids have the right to become literate when they attend school. While the judge agreed that, “When a child who could be taught to... Read more »

Reflections on the Sixth Anniversary of my Father’s Death

All parents are something of an enigma to their children. That was certainly true of my father, Sidney Levine, who died on July 5, 2012. As I have aged, I have felt a greater need to understand who he really was. On this sixth anniversary of my father’s death, I’m thinking of one aspect of... Read more »