Category Archives: Reviews

Moana: A Review

Over the weekend, I dragged Darwin to see MOANA.  Aran was working, so he wasn’t able to see it with us.  Our verdict? Yay! Moana, who is being groomed to become chieftain of her people, leaves her island to find … Continue reading

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Carousel: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  Over at Arena Stage in Washington DC a revival of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Carousel is wowing the town. In its day this was the perfect musical theater, uniting music, book and dance. Not until West Side … Continue reading

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The Handmaid’s Tale: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  Margaret Atwood’s most famous novel was published in 1985. It is appropriate however to review it today, in this first week of November 2016. The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopia of a very specific sort. The … Continue reading

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New and Forthcoming Books, Fall 2016

antique bookpile

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (Random House, October 2016) From the very first page, I knew that I was in the hands of a master storyteller, one who would effortlessly guide me into the lives of her characters, with … Continue reading

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BVC Reviews: Fastest Things on Wings

By Tz'unun - Feeding station at Beatty's Guest Ranch in Miller Canyon

My cousin Lee has loaned me a wonderful book called Fastest Things on Wings by Terry Masear. It’s a memoir of Masear’s early days as a hummingbird rehab specialist–how she fell into it, stuck with it through the nadir days … Continue reading

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Sense and Sensibility: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  By this point the works of Jane Austen have had a great deal of screen time. They are also making inroads upon the stage, and I went to the Folger Shakespeare Theater‘s production of Sense and … Continue reading

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Phenomenal Women

Ruthie Foster at Yoshi's

There is nothing like a live performance by a performer who thrives on an audience. Brenda Clough wrote about seeing Bruce Springsteen recently, reminding me that seeing him is on my bucket list. But The Boss is not the only … Continue reading

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National Geographic: The Greeks: A Very Short Review

By Brenda W. Clough  Museums are a writer’s friends. Never pass one up! Background research is forever. There is nothing like actually seeing a helmet or a cup. And unless you are independently wealthy you are probably not traveling to … Continue reading

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Bruce Springsteen in Concert: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough I heard once of a woman who, when she was in high school, was asked to the junior prom by a teenaged Bill Gates. She turned him down. Every now and then she thinks about that, … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Indigo Animal

There are many ways to tell a story and I have been mesmerized by every form I’ve come across. I get lost in novels, caught up in radio plays, sit transfixed before storytellers, am moved by plays, binge-watch television series, … Continue reading

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