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STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.” – Libba Bray I was bummed when “Straight Outta Compton” received only one Oscar nomination this year. I’d grown up in Compton, had attended Compton … Continue reading

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FOR THE HOLIDAYS: 99 CENT SALE OF TASTING HOME

Dear Friends, Just in time for the holidays, my food memoir, Tasting Home: Coming of Age in the Kitchen, will be on sale for 99 cents on Dec 9 -10. Consider giving copies to your friends. They’re cheaper than chocolates!  … Continue reading

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MAYHEM: A WOMAN’S LIFE IN RURAL TEXAS

A Review of Mayhem by Elizabeth Harris “A young woman climbing out of an old Essex in a cloche hat and a flowered maroon rummage-sale dress in front of the Prince Carl County courthouse, that’s what some observers will remember … Continue reading

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“COLD MOUNTAIN”: A FEMINIST NIGHT AT THE OPERA

Riding to the opera through the New Mexican landscape of twilight mountains and ever shifting clouds, I wondered why Jennifer Higdon, a Pulitzer Prize-winning female composer, had chosen the novel Cold Mountain as a basis for her first opera.

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WANT TO KNOW A CITY? TAKE A FOOD TOUR

I hadn’t come to Amsterdam for the food.  Although I meant to sample regional dishes—mainly Dutch apple pie and pancakes—what I’d really come for was the art, the seventeenth-century houses, and the canals. I‘d reserved a place on a food … Continue reading

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TRAVEL AS LOVE

Young people, and especially our children, can revive our capacity for wonder at the world and a sense of intimate connection to it. I felt closer to the landscape because I saw my daughter come alive to it with an … Continue reading

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A REVIEW OF “SOMEONE” BY ALICE MCDERMOTT

To read this novel is to feel the wonder of life anew and to become, however momentarily, a better person. It’s been said that women’s novels have great characters but that they never do anything. That depends on what you … Continue reading

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WHEN A BROTHER DIES

“Even siblings we don’t see, who live differently from us, who move in their own world, may be shoring up our lives, our sense of family, our feeling of being at home in the world without our knowing it.” Two … Continue reading

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A VALENTINE FOR MY GAY EX-HUSBAND

There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.  Jane Austen, private letters.   I met him in graduate school during the early sixties, the kind of smart, studious young man I‘d always been drawn to … Continue reading

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MY TRIP TO PITCH FEST

It’s walking through one door that enables you to try the next. While writing a blog about “retirement as an open door,” I decided this August to attend a Screenwriters Conference in Los Angeles and, despite my reluctance to embarrass … Continue reading

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