Leslie Criss


Leslie Criss is features and special sections editor, and writes an award-winning weekly column. She has worked at the Daily Journal for 14 years. She has three dogs who live at her house: George, a Jack Russell terrier mix; Thom Thumb, a chihuahua; and Sally, a rescued Pug. Her hopes remain high that the generations to come will not one day pick up a newspaper and have to ask, "What is this?" Newspapers rock.

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Stories Written by Leslie Criss

“His eyes – how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow.” – Clement C. Moore “Alas! How dreary would be the world if there […]

“If ignorance is bliss, there should be more happy people.” – Victor Cousin “Everybody is living for a purpose. You might turn out to be significant or insignificant, depending on the kind of message you are feeding the world.” – Michael Bassey Johnson “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have […]

“Music replays the past memories, awakens our forgotten worlds and makes our minds travel.” – Michael Bassey Johnson “Music is the mysterious key of memory, unlocking the hoarded treasures of the heart. Tones, at times, in music, will bring back forgotten things.” – Lord Edward Bulwer Lytton “He who sings scares away his woes.” – […]

“Libraries are fun, educational and the biggest bargain on the face of the earth.” – Madeleine Albright “In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim.” – Linton Weeks “We’ll always need printed books that don’t mutate the way digital books do; we’ll always need places to […]

“It was so close to October that Halloween was knocking at his heart.” – Barry Eysman “Imagination, of course, can open any door – turn the key and let terror walk right in.” – Truman Capote “To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.” […]

“It’s a small world, but I wouldn’t want to have to paint it.” – Stephen Wright “The wide world is all about you; you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.” – J. R. R. Tolkien “It’s a small world, after all.” – Robert and Richard Sherman ––––– When I was […]

“Whether the borders that divide us are picket fences or national boundaries, we are all neighbors in a global community.” – Jimmy Carter “War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing […]

“I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway … let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.” – C. […]

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” – Khalil Gibran “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” – Author unknown ––––– After my mother’s death, my sister and I were going […]

“A hero is a man who does what he can.” – Romain Rolland “The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King Jr. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss ––––– When I […]