Leslie Criss

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Stories Written by Leslie Criss

“When a daughter loses a mother, the intervals between grief responses lengthen over time, but her longing never disappears. It always hovers at the edge of her awareness, prepared to surface at any time, in any place, in the least expected ways.” – Hope Edelman “I have a family too.” – Ann Dial Criss ––––– […]

“He is risen, he is risen, Tell it out with joyful voice: He has burst his three days’ prison; Let the whole wide earth rejoice …” – Joachim Neander “For it is in giving that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assisi ––––– When I was a little girl, Easter was all about shopping for […]

“Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat.” – Dean Smith “Teamwork doesn’t come naturally. It must be taught.” – Pat Summitt “The game itself is bigger than the winning.” – Dejan Stojanovic ––––– I have been a Rebel most of my life. I was a Rebel […]

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley “We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box.” – Robert […]

“The best way to get a puppy is to beg for a baby brother – and they’ll settle for a puppy every time.” – Winston Pendleton “The dog was created specially for children. He is the god of frolic.” – Henry Ward Beecher “No symphony orchestra ever played music like a 2-year-old laughing with a […]

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” – Percy Bysshe Shelley “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” – Charles Dickens “When I no longer thrill to the first snow of the […]

“Achieving gender equality requires the engagement of women and men, girls and boys. It is everyone’s responsibility.” – Ban Ki-moon “I raise up my voice – not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard … we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai […]

“Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.” – the Buddha “What I want is so simple I almost can’t say it: elementary kindness.” – Barbara Kingsolver ––––– In my first newspaper job at a Mississippi weekly in […]

“Movies touch our hearts and awaken our vision, and change the way we see things. They take us to other places, they open doors and minds. Movies are the memories of our life time, we need to keep them alive.” – Martin Scorsese “People who like movies have a favorite. People who love movies couldn’t […]

“I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons.” – Will Rogers “If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” – Woodrow Wilson ––––– Monday nights, in my opinion, have been devoid of good television since “Murphy Brown” was […]