“My House is Me…”

In Daniel Pinkwater’s The Big Orange Splot, Mr. Plumbean disrupts his “neat street” of houses by transforming his home into a place that reflects who he is and what he longs for. To complaining “neat” neighbors, he explains, “My house is me and I am it, and it looks like all my dreams.”

Last month, while on a photographic journey with James B. Martin Photography, I took pictures of various dwellings in Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. They range from the humble to the magnificent and each is someone’s home.

Next week I will tear myself away from photos and return to writing about my next novel, the process of constructing stories, and whatever else flits through my brain. Meanwhile, it’s worth checking out Daniel Pinkwater’s “The Big Orange Splot,” which is as valuable a story for adults as it is for children.



About Alexis

Alexis Rankin Popik, author of Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate, is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in The Berkshire Review and Potpourri Magazine. She has penned numerous articles about local history that have been published in Connecticut Explored and the University of Connecticut School of Law and The Hartford Seminary publications. A former union organizer, Popik traveled the country educating shipyard workers about health and safety and founded a labor-management health plan before turning to writing fiction full-time. She lives with her husband in New England.
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