Monday 10 September 2007

Sad News Weekend

It has been a weekend of sad new. Madeleine L'Engle has passed away at the age of 88. L'Engle most known for her two Newbury Award winning children's books, also wrote adult fiction, theology and poetry. I had the opportunity to meet her at a conference a few years back and found her as delightful and charming as many of her characters. I have to date only read 31 of her books and can say I enjoyed each of them. L'Engle's books have inspired children and adults alike. She was often on the forefront of pushing the limits in confronting social issues. Many Waters raises questions about Women in Old Testament narratives, A Live Coal in the Sea deals with a male victim of sexual abuse. She was a creative and literary genius who will be missed by many.

Another genius Kathy Shaidle has closed the lid on her 7 year old blog fortunately for use she has started a new one Five Feet of Fury to continue her daily postings and to raise many questions that need to be asked. Hopefully her genius and creativity will be with us for years to come.

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