culture

back in bohemia
R. L. | 11/17/2021

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...

Coastal Waters
R. L. | 11/03/2021

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...

Ballet / Self Esteem
Angelique Bosc | 11/03/2021

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...

Writers Are People
R. L. | 10/25/2021

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
Angelique Bosc | 10/25/2021

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...

Greek Hour – pt 3
Elisa Vovos | 10/12/2021

"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...

this is recovered
Caroline Levin | 09/30/2021

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...

Sculpted
R. L. | 09/26/2021

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
Elisa Vovos | 09/21/2021

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...

California Streaming
R. L. | 09/05/2021

A drive north, up the central coast, never fails to inspire.  The air grows dramatically fresher.  Cleaner.  Crisper.  Drifting a tad closer to nature. Reinvigorates my spirits.  Rejuvenates my soul.