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Written by Janet Mendenhall - Valley View Friendship House

Too Much Drama in My Life … and Not Nearly Enough

Some of my earliest memories involve stories: The Raggedy Man or The Duel being read by my poetry loving father, his readings of the classics like Black Beauty or Old Yeller, or joining in with our musical neighbors’ accompaniment to American folk songs like Goodnight Irene, The Frozen Logger or The Cat Came Back, which were also sung on every long journey of my childhood. I was an early reader and immersed myself in Beverly Cleary and The Bobbsey Twins.

I could get lost in the adventures of those characters. Biographies were also among my youthful book choices, as well as mysteries. Involvement in the lives of people -- real or imagined – has...