Category Archives: Culture

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Wreck Beach, Vancouver, B.C.


The Rambling Writer Takes a Trip Over the Border “And now for something completely different,” Thor announced. It was a hot, sunny day, but instead of our usual hiking getaway to a secluded mountain lake for a bracing dip, we … Continue reading

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Punching Down

I saw something the other day that made me really angry, in that “what, were you raised in a woodshed or something?” sort of way. Prolonged, self-involved, privileged rudeness makes me on-beyond-cranky. And as I watched this behavior continue I … Continue reading

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The Salon: Blogging for the Posh

I was rereading Benedetta Craveri‘s  biography,  Madame du Deffand and her World, and when I hit the chapter about her St. Joseph’s convent salon, the parallels between the eighteenth century French salons and the evolving blogosphere gave me this mental … Continue reading

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Chacun à son goût: The Women vs. The Women

the buck starts here

Cukor vs. English: Both versions of THE WOMEN are remarkable because every single member of the cast is female. Not just the principals, not just the bit players, but the extras, the crowds in the crowd scenes, the clerks in the stores and the waitresses in the restaurants, the random soul in the elevator, the random bodies in the gym. It’s extraordinary. You have a chance to think about what you think of each character. It takes longer to watch the movie, somehow. You just…take your thumb off the fast-forward button. Continue reading

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Lummi Tribal Stommish with the Rambling Writer


“We are the Lhaq’temish, the Lummi People.”  Now called the Lummi, these Coast Salish natives of Northwest Washington State and southern British Columbia inhabit a reservation just a few miles north of my hometown in Bellingham, WA. Dad used to … Continue reading

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Writers vs Truthers: The Big WHY

I commented in an earlier post that I have observed similar thought patterns and behaviors in some inexperienced writers and conspiracy theorists (or truthers, as they are often called). In my first article on the subject—“Truthers vs Writers: Time, Freeze … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer: Novel Inspiration and Research in Greece


Back when I had more time than money, I followed the sirens’ call to Greece, whose mythology had enchanted me since childhood.  Loading up my backpack, I set off on four months of ferry trips, hiking, hosteling and camping on … Continue reading

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Invasive weeds I’ve learned to love

Resistance is useless!

It was my first house and garden. In my innocence, I accepted many gifts from my neighbor. Did I mention my neighbor’s mischievous sense of humor? Twenty-four years later, I still have most of them. In abundance. Continue reading

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Fallow Time


Our culture tends toward the frenetic. Gotta go-go-go, gotta do-do-do. Everything has to be about something, for something, in aid of something. Even sitting and meditating is a thing you do, not an opportunity to just be. Writers can tie … Continue reading

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Raising Feminists, The Fairy Tale Edition

This weekend my husband and I went to the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco’s Presidio. We’d been meaning to for a while, and though we missed the exhibit of Walt’s massive train set (my husband has a 7-year-old boy’s … Continue reading

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