Category Archives: History

Let’s Play Dress UP (redux)


By Phyllis Irene Radford Warning, this blog is photo heavy. I recently encountered an individual who shuddered and shook his head at a middle-aged woman at a tourist attraction who had green streaks in her hair and had gelled it … 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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Rambles in England, Part 2


St. Paul’s Cathedral and John Donne’s Memorial: I was eager to visit this magnificent cathedral not only for the architecture, but to see the memorial statue of John Donne, who famously penned the words, “No man is an island.” An … Continue reading

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Beauty is the Beast

  I was reshelving some books the other day, and there was Rosmund Hodge’s debut YA fantasy, Cruel Beauty. I’d read it when it first came out, remembered enjoying it, and sat down to reread it. There seem to have … Continue reading

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Worldcon Report 11: Ruins

by Brenda W. Clough  Research is a favorite activity of writers — in fact the danger is doing too much, to the detriment of writing. Here we are in the ancient City of London, admiring the old Roman city walls. … Continue reading

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Truth in Fiction: Interesting Victorian Women

I am bound to come out like a murderess or an idiot in my photograph — hard featured, forbidding, and coarse. . . . Mr. Falk had given me a low chair, and I told him my legs were so … Continue reading

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Worldcon Report 7: It Begins

by Brenda W. Clough  The word is that this Worldcon will be possibly the biggest ever. We arrived today, checking into one of the con hotels and immediately having a Book View Cafe dinner with everyone available plus friends — … Continue reading

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Worldcon Report 5: Museum Overload

by Brenda W. Clough  Museum overload is easy. You just go to the British Museum. This is where Brits have been stashing loot for centuries. It is the entire Smithsonian in one building. Every time some Iraqi or Greek demands … Continue reading

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Worldcon Report 3: The Center of the World

by Brenda W. Clough My husband has never been to England. He routed through Heathrow once, on his way to more distant parts. So clearly we had to come early and Do All The Tourist Things. A significant fraction of … Continue reading

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