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(Trying To) Fly with the Twitter Birds: What Do You Tweet About?

Dear Reader, So, back in the stone ages (meaning January 2013), I got an account on Twitter. At the time, it was more of an experiment. I was an avid reader of Joyce Carol Oates and Steve Martin (among other twitter users) and I liked the challenge of trying to write interesting and thought-provoking material… Continue Reading

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The Lighthouse Award. Or: What Does It Mean to Help People?

Dear Reader, Thanks to the brilliant Aya Walksfar (if you haven’t read her work, please do), I was recently nominated for a Lighthouse Award. Here are the guidelines: 1.) Display the Award Certificate on your blog. 2.) Write a post and link back to the blogger that nominated you. 3.) Inform your nominees of their… Continue Reading

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Crimes and Accusations: The Uncertainties, Complexities, and Relevance of the Woody Allen Case

Dear Reader, I want to do something, given the reactions, potentially stupid and talk about the Woody Allen case. I know, you have probably had enough. If you want, you can shut me off right now. There have been so many different people talking about this case—from Mia Farrow to Ronan Farrow to Dylan Farrow to Woody… Continue Reading

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What Makes Great Art Great?

Dear Reader, Sometimes, as I have mentioned before in this blog, I read, watch, or listen to artists that I find interesting. Usually, an interest in their work is the initial trigger. This was the case with Michael Cunningham. (Just to plug his work for a moment, if you have not read The Hours, I… Continue Reading

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11/22/63: What Does It Mean to You Now?

Dear Reader, It seems difficult to talk about November 22nd without thinking of November 22nd, 1963, and very difficult to think of November 22nd, 1963 without mentioning the John F. Kennedy assassination, and almost impossible to mention the assassination without bringing rise to the conspiracy theories. Starting right out in 1963, polls revealed that 52% of… Continue Reading

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Is My Body Butter Offending You? (It Might Be)

Dear Reader, I may just be a blissfully unaware member of society, but I have never associated the company Burt’s Bees with controversy and anger. In fact, I’ve always viewed their natural, self-proclaimed “Earth friendly” products as something that is nice to smell and good for the environment. Though I am not a regular customer,… Continue Reading

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A Video for Anyone with Dreams

Dear Reader, I have been thinking lately about Halloween and the dark things that it can conjure up in one’s mind. Specifically my mind. I do love Halloween, but all the talk about the evils of human nature and how cruel people can be towards each other has really put my mood in a dark place.… Continue Reading

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Love the Art, Hate the Artist?

Dear Reader, I sometimes look up authors online after finding myself in love with their latest work. I also read about authors who I feel have the potential to write something that I will love, or be captivated by. Sometimes, as was the case when I first heard about her, I look up authors I can’t… Continue Reading

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The “Risky Business” of Filmmaking

Dear Reader, The American film Risky Business came out in 1983. It was written and directed by Paul Brickman. It stars Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Masur, Bronson Pinchot, Curtis Armstrong, and about 45 other cast members. There were three producers, an original musical composition team, costume designer, make-up department, set decorators,… Continue Reading

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Silence is Golden–Just Not Here

Dear Reader, I finished reading the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain recently. For one thing, it was a very heavily-researched book. I can’t believe how well-researched it was. The book is just like the title in that there is a lot of writing. Luckily, the writing is… Continue Reading

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Are You There, God? It’s Me, Hollywood

Dear Reader, As you may already know, in Hollywood there exists a strange stance on God. Never an industry to shy away from extremism, many non-religious films that mention God show one of two depictions: either there is a God that is sociable and able to communicate with the characters or a God that exists… Continue Reading

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Growing Up: What Does That Really Mean?

Dear Reader, I have a conflict. I am trying to grow up while not fully understanding what that term means. What is a “grown up”? And how is that different from an “attempting grown up” or a “young adult” or a “late teenager”? Growing up is somewhat like describing the color green: all who can… Continue Reading

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