Benicia, California, “City of the Straights”

Photo Credit: A photo of the Benicia pier with the dilapidated boat house and boat. Photo taken by me :-). “‘Benicia, the memorable ‘city of the Straits’…” (as quoted in Thompson, par. 9) Back when I first conceived my historical mystery series, The Paper Chase Mysteries, I knew location would be an important factor. One … Continue reading Benicia, California, “City of the Straights”

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Happy Thanksgiving!

No blog post this week. Instead, here’s my Thanksgiving wish to all of you (whether you’re in the States or abroad). May your holiday be joyous, peaceful, and full of grace!!! And if you’re curious about how Thanksgiving was celebrated in the Gilded Age, check out this blog post.             … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!

The Intruders: Joseph Cotten and Betsy Blair in A Delicate Balance (1973)

***This post, though a bit late, is part of The Joseph Cotten Blogathon, hosted by the In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and the Maddy Loves Her Classic Films blogs. Thank you for letting me post late and still participate :-).*** ***Some spoilers*** “I find that joy and sorrow work their wonders on me.” - … Continue reading The Intruders: Joseph Cotten and Betsy Blair in A Delicate Balance (1973)

Not The Angel in the House: De Havilland as Charlotte Bronte in Devotion (1946)

***This post is part of The Third Annual Olivia De Havilland Blogathon, hosted by the In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and Phyllis Loves Classic Films blogs. *** ***Some spoilers*** “Let me introduce you to the real Charlotte Brontë. She was not a wallflower in mourning. She always wanted to be famous; she pined … Continue reading Not The Angel in the House: De Havilland as Charlotte Bronte in Devotion (1946)

Adventurous Perception: The Individual Creative Process

Photo Credit: Photograph of Maurits (M.C.) Escher, around 23 Nov. 1971. Photograph probably made by Hans Peters (ANEFO), Ga het na (Nationall Archief NL): Vysotsky/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY SA 3.0 Many artists talk about the creative process. It’s one of those illusive ideas that fascinates non-artists and weighs heavily on the minds of artists because creativity … Continue reading Adventurous Perception: The Individual Creative Process

The Emotional Badlands of Language, or, Language is Not Just Data

Photo Credit: Canadian singer Leonard Cohen in Trouville-sur-Mer (Normandy, France), taken 26 January 1988 by Roland Godefroy: Teddyyy/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0 “If words are the arrow, we ourselves — our interior landscapes, our outward actions, the authenticity of our lives — are the bow.” (Popova, par. 1) As many of my blog readers know, I … Continue reading The Emotional Badlands of Language, or, Language is Not Just Data