Tag Archives: Culture

From the Bookshelf: Hillbilly Elegy, A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, J. D. Vance

In my project of reading-books-I-already-have-then-moving-them-along, J. D. Vance’s memoir, Hillbilly Elegy, was next in the stack.  This came to me by way of my mother-in-law, whom I believe read it for her book club.  She then passed it on to … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: I must be So-Mantic

In January we decided to move closer to joining the 21st century by setting up a Roku for our TV screen.  We could now live-stream movies.  A year or so ago, The Mrs had set up an Amazon Prime account, … Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Gated Communities

gated communities: (n) development building technique which features walls and gates to control entrance to community, provide security for residents and owners, and give a sense of superiority over the rest of society outside the gates; typically lived in by … Continue reading

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Brown Signs: Cusco, Peru, Textile Studios

  Weaving the past.  Weaving the future.

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Brown Sign: Lake Titicaca, Taquile Island, Peru

Dance to save an island’s culture

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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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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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Ornaments

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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