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dandelion wine

When I was seventeen, I fell in love with Ray Bradbury.

Since I had never met the man, it was an extreme case of long-distance passion, particularly because he likely didn't know I existed at the time. I've always had difficulty separating an artist from his/her work.

I swooned over Dandelion Wine, read and reread R Is For Rocket until the cover fell off (years later, I wrote the song Homecoming based on one of the stories in that book, "The Rocket Man").

Most of all, I marvelled over Bradbury's mastery of the English language. He turned a jumble of letters into poetry, into vivid images and sensations and emotions I could experience by just reading a page of printed text.

After finishing Dandelion Wine for the first time, I ached to rush out and buy a new pair of running shoes. I also become more conscious of little details in my surroundings as I began asking myself, "How would I describe that in a story?"

Every writer remembers an author who turned her onto the written word. I've always loved books, but Ray Bradbury was the one who taught me to really see things with a writer's eyes. And in doing so, I also learned to experience everything more fully.

Reading Dandelion Wine as an adult is a different experience from reading it as a child because of the changed perspective of childhood. All this reminds me of the fact that I haven't read that book in a few years. I think perhaps it's a good time for me to dig it out again. :-)


Hm...this Blathering was originally intended to be about my childhood autograph collection, but I seem to have digressed. I suppose I'll have to Blather about that some other time.


Ray Bradbury website at

Ray Bradbury Is On Fire!: Salon article.

Dandelion Wine, the music group (with my friends Tom and Dave!). I believe that Tom thought of the group name, and it was indeed inspired by Bradbury's book.


These are a few samples from my childhood autograph collection.

- Ray Bradbury. I suspect he put the exclamation mark after my name because I used so many of them in my enthusiastic letter to him. :-)

- Isaac Asimov

- William Gaines (publisher of MAD magazine)

- Robert Heinlein

- Stanley Kubrick

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