Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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    The Taste of Something Sweet: A Small Ritual of Gratitude

    The Taste of Something Sweet: A Small Ritual of Gratitude

    As someone whose birthday falls ten days before Valentine's Day, there were always a lot of red and pink decorations around the stores for my mother to draw inspiration from when decorating for my birthday; and I loved the lacy decorations, the red balloons, the hearts and roses. I still do. They are pretty and passionate and powerful and provocative, and I adore them, especially vintage cards and decorations and handmade tokens of love.St. Valentine's Day is also my "Name Day," the feast day of the saint whose name I share. This is a tradition celebrated by many Ukrainians, and[...]
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    Our New Book Announcement is Forking Good!

    After several people we know and love told us that we really should be watching NBC's The Good Place, Stephen and I finally made time for it. We loved it and rewatched it with the kids in time for Season 3 to begin.For those of you who are not yet familiar, the show begins with Eleanor Shellstrop, who wakes up dead one day, welcomed into “the Good Place” as a reward for living such a good life. She is given her dream home, a heavenly neighborhood, and a soulmate. The only problem is that Eleanor realizes there has been a[...]
    With a Little Help

    With a Little Help

    To try and get more work done on the most recent book (announcement this week!) with its rapidly approaching deadline, I decided that I needed to take a little time away for focused progress.Katelan Foisy agreed to come with me on a roadtrip to stay at a mutual friend's house and work on our respective projects (and hopefully brainstorm about a collaboration or two down the line.)We ended up driving into a bit of a blizzard, stopping first for a quick bite at a cute cafe and to peek into a 100+ year old theatre:We made it safely there, unpacked[...]
    Among the Trees

    Among the Trees

    Mary Oliver died last week. Some of her poems are among my favorites, and I wanted to share one I love for obvious reasons.When I Am Among the TreesWhen I am among the trees, especially the willows and the honey locust, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness. I would almost say that they save me, and daily.I am so distant from the hope of myself, in which I have goodness, and discernment, and never hurry through the world but walk slowly, and bow often.Around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out, “Stay awhile.” The light flows from[...]
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    Life in a Razor-Shaped City by Scott Woods for TEDx Columbus

    I want to share a TEDx talk by my friend Scott Woods, a poet, writer, librarian, activist, and organizer whom I am honored to know. Scott's words provoke--they are thoughtful and powerful, complicated and honest. I learn something every time I encounter them...on the page, on the stage, or when I am lucky enough to see him in person. Scott is both a brilliant creator and a creative catalyst--he makes remarkable things happen. Follow this link to hear why Columbus Alive chose him to be their first ever 2018 Face of Columbus. He's that good, and his work is that important.[...]

Critical Acclaim

Lovely Prose

The lovely prose and the mix of mythic Ukrainian matter with a contemporary setting won me over. Continue reading on sfsite.com

5 out of 5 stars

This is definitely something to read and add to your collection if you enjoy a good story that involves the use of folk tales. 5 out of 5 stars. Continue reading on Indie Comix

Robert McClelland
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