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From the Bookshelf: The World is Flat, and Requiem for the American Dream

Recently, my mother gave me a book to read, Noam Chomsky’s Requiem for the American Dream. Some years ago, she had given me Thomas L. Friedman’s The World is Flat, which I have neglected on my shelf as dust gathered. … Continue reading

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Brown Sign: Gaugauin to Picasso, at the Phillips Collection

In my last post, Traveling in the Age of ISIS, I made a reference to art of Impressionist to Modernists painters, and how their world, as ours, was shattered by world events.  While my thoughts were influenced by our holiday … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: King Hedley II

Does race matter? With events in our culture recently, we are confronted with arguments to blend ethnic heritage as well as maintain boundaries between distinct groups. But, should race matter when we go to see a play? We have seen … Continue reading

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LEAF Festival, Black Mountain, NC

Another sign that Spring has arrived in the mountains is music festivals.  We have travelled a few hours south to Black Mountain, North Carolina, about 30 minutes east of Ashville, for the LEAF Festival.  This is part Folk-Mountain Music, part … Continue reading

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Recently, I corresponded with my mother about her holiday traditions, growing up in the 1930’s and 1940’s.  She recalled her father setting up and decorating the tree on Christmas eve.  She recalled glass ornaments of birds and vegetables and tear-drop … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Christmas Revels, 2013

For the past dozen or so years, we have made the Washington Revels part of our Christmas tradition.  We enjoy the community choir accompanied by a chore group of professional musicians from the region highlighted each year.  Some years the … Continue reading

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Re-Branding the Redskins

While I do not write often about sports, a conversation over the weekend brought up another issue regarding team names.  Apparently, a Native American group has a campaign going on to rename the Washington Redskins.  This brings up the possibility … Continue reading

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