About E.S. Kraay

Olympian

From the Olympic stadium in Ancient Greece to the banks of the Housatonic River … E.S. Kraay writes stories about things that make a difference.


A native of the Berkshire Hills in Western Massachusetts, I cherish fond memories of Tanglewood, the Pittsfield Public Library, Herman Melville, Norman Rockwell, Richmond Pond, Pontoosuc Lake, the Hashim Boys, Rudy Benedetti, my Auntie and Babcia in Housatonic and my Aunt Sadie in Westfield, and so many, many other people and places that remain dear to my heart.

As a young boy, I was blessed with a wonderful English teacher, Norman Najimy.  Mr. Najimy had a passion for the written word, and his passion still burns in me and drives me to write books.  He inspired me to read every night.  That was half a century ago, and I haven’t missed a night since.  Before I was a student of Norman Najimy’s, my life’s dream was to be an archaeologist.  After that eighth-grade English class, I wanted to write books.

I wandered for 40 years in the desert and did not fulfill that ambition until 2008 when The Olympian was published.  A dozen years and well more than a half-million words later, I lay claim to seven novels.

My heart has led me to each story with the conviction that despite the challenges we face as members of an ever-expanding universe, someone, somewhere will always rise to do what’s morally right for this planet we call Earth and for the billions of creatures who inhabit it.

  • As It Is Written

    Many years ago, one of my favorite homilists – Redemptorist Father Greg Weist – moderated our monthly book club that featured Flannery O’Connor’s collection of short stories Everything That Rises Must Converge.  He opened the discussion with these words, “The kingdom of heaven is like a pig farm…”  It was a brilliant way to begin…

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  • The Palm of My Hand

    As It Is Written… “I have written your name on the palm of my hand.”Isaiah 49:16 The Torah tells us in the “Shema” that our actions speak louder than our words.  The “Shema” is the first part of Jesus’ answer to the lawyer who asks him, “Teacher, which commandment is the greatest?”  Much can be…

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  • To Forget

    As it is written… “To forget is to deny the relevance of the past.” Elie Wiesel, Five Biblical Portraits, 1981 I encountered dementia face-to-face on Easter Sunday.  It was heartbreaking and disturbing and brought to mind these words we’ve used in previous posts by Nobel Peace Prize winner and Auschwitz survivor Elie Wiesel, perhaps best…

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    As it is written… “Before I can live with other folks, I’ve got to live with myself.  The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockinbird, 1960 by Harper Lee One of the few books I have read multiple times throughout my life is…

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