Defining The Hero

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Joseph Campbell Hercules, Perseus, Theseus – these were the myths for which I searched the libraries as a 10-year-old.  Magnificent heroes, blessed with superhuman strength and unfaltering courage, forged their destinies through journeys fraught with danger and treachery.  As…

Searching Yesterdays

“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.” Pearl S. Buck The first time I met Pearl Buck was when I read Reader’s Digest’s condensed version of The Three Daughters of Madame Liang. I was 15. This past year, I read Pearl Buck in China: Journey to the Good Earth by Hilary Spurling. It…