Category Archives: Culture

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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

nyc twilight

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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Stonehenge and Musings on the Day of the Dead


Rambles in England, Part 4 I’m writing this on Halloween, All Hallow’s Eve, Samhain, on the cusp of the season when traditionally the veil between the worlds thins and the presence of the dead can be felt. Which is not … Continue reading

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The Building Blocks of Storytelling: Gossip

When I was a teacher, I took the part of the stern moralist when dealing with gossip—easy to do when kids were being hurtful, but harder to maintain when they weren’t. The writer part of me found their daily dramas … Continue reading

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Evita: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  This warhorse of the musical theater was revived in 2012 on Broadway and is now on tour. I caught it at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. I have seen the movie, which is a different … Continue reading

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Raising Feminists, the Film Edition

I was going to write about my current obsessive hobby of beading, but then Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was on TV.  And I was appalled all over that I let my impressionable daughters watch it when they were small, and impressed … Continue reading

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Someone recently said that wonder dies with the young. My first reaction was resistance, but I could not articulate why, other than that I don’t wanna think of the world as something that can no longer afford wonder. It’s certainly … Continue reading

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A Sense of Place

A tree in Oakland

Moving has made me think about the multiple places I consider home. Texas, of course. The whole state, not just Austin (where I went to college and where I live now), Houston (where I was born), or Friendswood (where I … Continue reading

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