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The War Against Men

Wednesday, 06 October 2004 12:00 AM

Hise cites statistics that indicate women today in their attitudes and roles are more like men. The complementary pairing of the two genders has broken down, making successful marriages increasingly rare. Women are not men's life partners, but rivals favored by law.

That's the way feminists want it, and courts and legislatures have gone along. Hise believes that this has put society out of balance and that the long-run consequences of the war on men will be more injurious to our country than dangers posed by terrorists.

When men lose, children lose. Kay S. Hymowitz counts the casualties in "Liberation's Children" published by Ivan R. Dee. Unmoored from traditional structures of meaning, America's kids are having trouble building a self.

Tolerance and open-mindedness are important virtues, but if pushed too far they murder convictions. A culture that depletes the resources of the soul will not long produce a population that can remain a superpower.

One reason we are losing our children is the paucity of books that help children develop concepts of good character. For cultural warriors, and for old fashioned animal lovers, good news: a book you will want your children to read and one they will want to read - "Arc of Light" by Linda Jane Roberts, available from Trafford Publishing, (888) 232-4444 or www.trafford.com.

"Arc of Light" is the story of a raccoon, a possum and a groundhog, two night creatures and a day creature, who leave their comfortable abodes in the garden of a manor house on a thrilling and dangerous journey of discovery. The adventurers experience new sights and critters, some friendly and some dangerous, and discover that "adventuring has more to do with discovering ourselves than a new world."

Night creatures have eyes for moonlight and darkness, not for the bright light of day when, they believe, monsters with sharp teeth are about. Day creatures fear night's darkness, a time, they insist, when fierce monsters prowl.

The journey's dangers and tribulations, as well as its joys, cause the adventurers to travel at times by night and at times by day. To cope with challenges, the animals have to rise beyond their limits and the limits of their own worlds.

The author is clearly a close observer of American wildlife. The characters she gives the animals are both believable and insightful. Her descriptions of streams and fauna, wildflowers and trees are poetic. Beautifully written and engaging for adults as well, it is a story grownups will enjoy reading to their children and grandchildren.

"Arc of Light" will introduce your children to a world beyond the video screen. After experiencing the adventures of Moonbeam, possum and groundhog, don't be surprised if children ask for a walk in the woods, especially a forest with bridges and creeks and paw prints to observe.

A day's escape from virtual reality is the beginning of a great reconnection.

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