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back in bohemia

Prague has always been a very special place.  At the end of World War II, when the Allies' bombs destroyed Dresden, the west decided to save Prague.  The city thus survived and remained architecturally intact.

Coastal Waters

Visiting Carmel, I grow nostalgic. Both Tor House and its tower are imposing structures built of solid stone. Robinson Jeffers, a renowned poet and environmentalist, lived and wrote there last century.

Ballet / Self Esteem

The growing pains of giving up a childhood passion is often a common casualty of coming into adulthood. From age three into high school, I was the “ballet kid.” Ballet provided me a sense of purpose.

Venezuela 101

Venezuela has been purposefully misunderstood to fit within frameworks. This a position that can be held regarding any country considered outside of traditional Western culture and history.

Writers Are People

A writer naturally befriends other writers.  Goes with the territory.  Personally, I always enjoy these relationships.  Share a little, learn a lot. I can’t recall feeling challenged by others who write.

Bedroom Pop

I watched the stage of the El Rey Theater light up as seven-hundred other teenage girls waited for lo-fi sensation Clairo’s first official concerts. The lights were low, her voice soft, and her lyrics mingled...

Greek Hour – pt 3

"Eva souvlaki parakalo!" My Athenian acolyte, and longtime roommate, turns away from the counter and smiles at me. We’re in one of the oldest Gyros shops of Athens, and he’s just managed to order

this is recovered

I haven’t thought about anorexia too much lately— at least my own dealing with it. Food has increasingly become … just food. Exercise is movement that spikes some dopamine. My body is the way it is.

Sculpted

Four mud-sculpture statues with expressionist faces of clay – one male, three female. Full lips. Wide-open demonstrative eyes; their gaze frozen. All hankering to speak out. But they cannot.

Greek Hour – pt 2

In A Woman under the Influence, Gena Rowlands plays stay-at-home mother Mabel in beautiful American suburbia, who’s main function is to appear lonely as she waits for her husband to come home.

France Today?

To French people, France isn’t racist because it says it isn’t. The French motto is “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” so how could a state, which holds these values as its motto, possibly be anything but equal?

It’s Your Problem Too

The Russian political crisis concerns everyone. But not according to the authorities. It manifests itself in a clear movement towards an even more authoritarian and controlling government.