Category Archives: Culture

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Month of Museums #2: It’s Electrifying!

This little town where I now make my home, tucked away in the beautiful foothills of the Cascades, would not be the first place you would think of if you were to consider the establishment of a museum dedicated to … 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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Month of Museums #1: Let’s start on a personal note….

A perpetual crisis which beset my globetrotting family every so often, during my school-going years, was that we would inevitably find ourselves stuck at some sort of crossroads which necessitated shifting living arrangements to some other and different country and … Continue reading

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Gay Promise

So far I’ve written about the Gay Tragedy and the Gay Tease. Finally, we also have the Gay Promise.  This is when the producers announce loudly and firmly that they’re going to have a gay character on the show.  Real … Continue reading

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First world problems: new purse

Are you fussy about your purse? Does it have to be exactly so big? Have at least five pockets? No pockets? One strap or two? Plain black or color? Bling or no bling? Leather or microfiber? And the phone pocket? It’s that time again. My resale shop Liz Claiborne pocketbook-sized purse has died. Now I have to do the impossible yet again: find another purse I can live with. Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Walking and Driving

I walk. My daily life is built around walking. I walk to the store, to the Impact Hub (co-working and community), to Tai Chi, to get coffee, to poke around in shops. If I’m going far, I combine walking with … Continue reading

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Gay Tease

Last week I wrote about Gay Tragedy.  There’s also the Gay Tease. This is when a TV show or movie claims that a character is gay, but doesn’t actually DO anything with it.  There are two versions of the Gay … 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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My Very Dear Reader . . . writer vs. critic

It is scarcely the province of an author to refute the arguments of his censors and vindicate his own productions, but I may be allowed to make here a few observations with which I would have prefaced the first edition … Continue reading

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A Tri-Coastal Woman: Small Town Girl

Friendswood Friends Church

I was born in Houston, but most of my childhood was spent in Friendswood, a tiny town just beyond the Houston suburbs (it later became the suburbs) founded by conservative Quakers. We lived on fifteen acres, with a creek and … Continue reading

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