Author Archives: Sidney Stark

A Life With Music

A Life With Music

“Where words fail, music speaks.” — Hans Christian Andersen Courage. What is it? I’ve never truly understood it, especially in childhood when I knew whatever it was, I didn’t have it. I remember a speaker at our assembly period in school starting her presentation by announcing that bravery wasn’t the same thing as courage. Undoubtedly seeing a… Continue Reading

The More Things Change

The More Things Change

“Acquaint yourself with your own ignorance.”—Isaac Watts   Excerpt from Book Three of the Emily Alden Trilogy— “Speaking of adventure,” she said, a lilt in her voice spilling excitement, “aren’t you just back from the Middle East, John, or was it Turkey? Wherever you were, I imagine you have some rich tales to tell of… Continue Reading

Author’s Foreword–Book Three of the Emily Alden Trilogy

Author’s Foreword–Book Three of the Emily Alden Trilogy

“Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower It’s been almost a decade since I decided to satisfy my curiosity about Emily Alden and Corey de Koningh. Emily was lost and alone, suffering from an overwhelming fever in a huge bed in a strange house not her… Continue Reading

Loneliness is an Illness

Loneliness is an Illness

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde We hear and read so much about loneliness today after two years in the pandemic’s ghetto laughingly called a bubble. But the more I read about the medical community’s description of the physical toll loneliness takes, the less I understand why… Continue Reading

Whitewash

Whitewash

“Keep your Confederate money even if it’s made of tin”—The Confederates (a popular 1950’s barbershop quartet) Some of you may have recently read an opinion piece in the NY Times written, surprisingly, by actor Tom Hanks. It expressed his outrage and concern over the omission of The Tulsa Massacre from the curriculum he’d been offered… Continue Reading