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About hermitsdoor

Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.

From the Bookshelf: The Hermits of Big Sur, by Paula Huston

Here in the States (USA), we like to observe milestones: 50, 100, 150, 200 year on. The recorded history of European settlement is a relatively short period compared to the development of cultures in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Resurrection Hope, by Kelly Brown Douglas

I am in awe of cathedrals. May that be on an architectural level, entering a building that has existed for hundreds if not a thousand years. May that be on an artistic level, to stroll through the chapels and nave … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Relativity

Relativity (n): Einstein’s law that had something to do with time, the equation of which I would have to look up on Wikipedia, but I’m too busy to bother doing and I could not interpret it anyway We have recently … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Things I Know to Be True

For years, I have pitched the idea that knowledge and beliefs are two different thought processes. The former deals with facts and data. The later with assumptions. Each leads to a different type of truth. Knowledge is about truths that … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Retired

retire (v): to put at rest; to stop working; (adv): a state of non-productive activity; to be in leisure Many of my readers know, or have figured out, that we recently retired from work. Thirty-five years on my part; forty-one … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: She Loves Me

Here we go again. A revival of a musical (She Loves Me, 1963) predated by two movies (Shop Around the Corner, 1939 and The Good Old Summer Time, 1949) and followed by another movie (You’ve Got Mail, 1998). With so … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Romeo and Juliet

A couple of decades ago, we travelled to Straford-Upoin-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace. We purchased tickets to all the shows playing at the theatre there. One production was Romeo and Juliet. I recall that the local controversy was the age of the … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Catch Me If You Can

My regular readers know that I’m usually a bit skeptical about transferring a story from one medium, such as a novel or movie, to the stage. In the past, I did my research by reading the novel or watching the … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: The Odd Couple

Kids are cruel. Especially boys. At least, when I was growing up in the 1960’s. An easy taunt was to discover someone’s middle name, usually something perceived at quirky, and call the boy by that name. ”Oscar” is actually my … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Daphne’s Dive

Do we speak aloud our history? Or, do we remain silent? Do we acknowledge our traumas? Or, do we avoid our ACE’s (adverse childhood experiences)? Do we challenge our evil? Or, do we avoid confrontation? Do we confine ourselves to … Continue reading

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