Category Archives: Community

Things that happen in the author-reader community

In Troubled Times: Tenaciously Hopeful

Recently I’ve noticed more articles on staying grounded in joy and hope, even when surrounded by fear. Perhaps such articles have always been part of the general social media discourse and I am only now becoming sufficiently calm to notice … Continue reading

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Unnatural Empathy

(Picture from here.) The eastern gray tree frog (Hyla versicolor) and the Cope’s gray tree frog (H. chrysoscelis) are closely related. They look identical. Yet they only mate preferentially with each other. Why? You might ask. The Cope’s frog has … Continue reading

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Accidental Art: Berkeley & Oakland, California

A couple of months ago, I blogged about the unexpected or “accidental” art–graffiti, stickers, painting, etc–that I found when exploring other cities or while walking my dog along park trails. Other BVCers mentioned that they also encountered such displays, and we thought it would be … Continue reading

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Preparing to March!

by Brenda W. Clough  I am an ageing hippie. But I am a gentle and ineffective one. I’ve never been to an outdoor music festival, nor done drugs, nor been on a protest march. So I approach the Women’s March … Continue reading

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Supporting a New Writer: Flexibility

“Moving ahead, though, this is a good time to talk about where to connect with other writers, how to use social media, the benefits/drawbacks of face-to-face, what to look for in a group, workshops — which ones, pitfalls, etc. And … Continue reading

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The Election, Lao Tzu, a Cup of Water

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

The Election, Lao Tzu, a Cup of Water By Ursula K. Le Guin Americans have voted for a politics of fear, anger, and hatred, and those of us who oppose this politics are now trying to figure out how we … Continue reading

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A Matter of Life and Death

by Brenda W. Clough This is not the first post on this blog I have written with this title. I first used it three years ago, in 2013 when the Affordable Care Act was being debated. This post summarized the … Continue reading

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Writer Club Rules: Community

Writers are, by nature of the work, solitary creatures. Often introverted. We also tend to take daily baths in insecurity, self-doubt, and impostor syndrome, with just a dash of self-flagellation. In fact, we marinate in the stuff. It’s really easy to feel like you’re all alone and to begin questioning so much about yourself and your work. Continue reading

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World Fantasy 2016

I haven’t been to World Fantasy in years, mostly because it’s always so far away.  This year, it was down in Columbus, a three-hour drive, so down I went. The first thing I realized when I arrived at the hotel … Continue reading

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Miss Holmes: a theatre review

Mandy Walsh as Dr. Watson handles her responsibilities with compassion but also with the clinical pragmatism of a scientist, an emotional woman only when she has leisure for that role, and a creature of action when called upon. Katie McLean Hainsworth as Holmes is a wonder of on-the-spectrum single-mindedness. I adored her wearing a hump and stitches as Igorina in Monstrous Regiment. Here, she is overwhelming, just a miracle. Continue reading

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