Category Archives: Culture

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Praise — and Advice — for Millennials

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

I went to a wedding last weekend. Both the brides and most of the non-family guests were folks in their twenties — the millennial generation. And once again I was reminded how much I like kids today. As a card-carrying … Continue reading

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Memorable Foods in Fiction

  When I think back to memorable food I’ve encountered in my reading, the earliest is the lovingly described melted cheese on fresh bread in Heidi, and the warm, creamy milk. Reading that book as an eight year old gave … Continue reading

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The Great Divorce: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  In December we went downtown to see a stage version of The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis. It was produced by the Fellowship for Performing Arts, which is best known for its hit production of The … Continue reading

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Letting Go of Nostalgia

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

I think I’m done with nostalgia. It was the holiday season that made me realize it. I wanted to do something special for Christmas, but for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out what that should be. From the … Continue reading

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For God’s Sake, Put On Some Clothes (mark II)

Note: Your Mileage May Vary. Last night my husband and I found ourselves watching The Transporter the way you do after a major holiday: flopped on the couch, too tired to move, watching The Thing That’s On because where’s the … Continue reading

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BVC Eats: Smoking Bishop

by Brenda W. Clough It is said of modern novels that, whatever other problems the characters have, at least they can have a lot of sex. This cannot be said of literary characters of the past, when the emotional side … Continue reading

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Making a Joyful Noise


For a holiday treat, my sweetheart and I went to a performance by the Oakland East Bay Symphony entitled “Let Us Break Bread Together: A Holiday Tribute to Pete Seeger.” The program included music of the season along with a … Continue reading

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In Celebration of The Hobbit #3

by Brenda W. Clough  The third and final Hobbit movie is out today! Holiday pressures force me to postpone seeing the movie for a while — when I do I will post a review. But to celebrate, I give you … Continue reading

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Westbound: Starting Now

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by Laura Anne Gilman I am – as anyone who knows me well will confirm – a New Yorker.  In the good ways and probably most of the bad as well.   I’ve lived in the city for the past … Continue reading

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Revisiting “The Gay Divorcee” 1934 film


“Chance is the fool’s name for fate.”  (the secret code phrase from the film) As a kid, I loved staying up to watch old movies on TV, and some of my favorites were the musicals with such performers as Fred … Continue reading

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