Six years ago, I lived in a heritage house near downtown Sunnyvale. The houses in that neighbourhood had been built in 48 hours each, around the time of World War II. My neighbour Joel – who had lived there since decades, when the area was more fruit orchards and less Silicon Valley – had informed me. At that time, I spent my weekends writing for and working with children. One afternoon while he handed us sweet, juicy plums from his tree over the wooden fence separating our backyards, I couldn’t help asking him if he read. “Only children’s books,” he said. He was touching 70. His second wife, who was named Christina for being born on Christmas, had just arrived from China and he had introduced her to children’s books to help her learn English. Today, as the smoke from the most destructive wildfires in California’s history renders our air quality the worst in the world, worse than India and China, and the ominous weather rules over our lives, I am reminded of Joel. Some school districts and universities are shut. Meanwhile children at our school have not stepped out for recess for days. Parks are empty with a ghost… Read full this story
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