by Brenda W. Clough If there’s anything I’ve learned from being creative, it’s that you don’t just stay here. Like in the song, you move on — beyond the photo, beyond the plot, through to something new.Something of your own! … Continue reading
In January 2018, I attended a seminar entitled Stand! Speak! Act! A Community Bystander Intervention Training. The subheading suggested I would learn how to nonviolently support someone who was being harassed. The event was presented by the local chapter of … Continue reading
The axis of the Earth changed its tilt. All the glacial and polar ice melted. Humanity was reduced to a tiny fraction of the once teeming masses.
The concussion that robbed Gabby of her memories of the Before times opened her to trance visions through dance. She dances herself to exhaustion to learn Truth. She dances to banish evil spirits, Death, and illness.
But Gabby is too young for the role of Shaman, too untrained. When strangers bring new ideas and change, she’s unable to prevent Utopia’s harmony and cooperation from cracking. Violence spreads.
The dance that gives Gabby much wisdom does not tell her how to find a murderer or how to stop a war.
The man she hopes to marry sees no options but to fight. The stranger who touched her heart in a vision must abandon her and Utopia for a greater cause.
Saving all that she loves she must do on her own.Continue reading
I’ve lived 20 minutes away from Tempel Lipizzan Farm for over 30 years, yet never managed to attend a show. I drove past the rolling pastures, caught sight of the horses munching grass, and told myself that someday soon I … Continue reading
It’s amazing what you can find when you clean out a bookcase. Recently my mother was doing just that, and found an old issue of Heritage, the British history magazine, from February/March 1990. Naturally she saved it for me so … Continue reading
Follow with me in the footsteps of countless pilgrims to the sacred site of Delphi, spiritual center of the ancient Greek world and home of the famous oracle. NOTE: Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece too many years ago, … Continue reading
(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) When marriage is more of an economic transaction between families than a union of two people for reasons of personal attachment, it isn’t at all surprising that money gets involved. … Continue reading
Cory Doctorow is singing the praises of an “ungendered monogarment,” which turns out to be a jumpsuit made in sizes that fit many different body types. The jumpsuit is the design of the Rational Dress Society, which wants to free … Continue reading
by Brenda W. Clough One of the things that I am prone to (I remember now!) is green. Somehow everything I paint in oil is very, very green. I don’t even like green! Other people can paint landscapes that are … Continue reading
Olympic figure skating is one of those things. I never mean to watch, and then, somehow, there I am and five hours have passed and it’s late and my head is full of salchows and axels and spangles. There are … Continue reading