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The smoke from the wildfires has cleared, and the communities surrounding the Great Smoky Mountains need our support. Here are 10 Reasons to Visit East Tennessee Right Now, complete with photos of the gorgeous scenery and amazing comfort food.

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Monday, 16 January 2017

a reading list for a new year, part 2

Next four years

In Part 1, my incomparable bibliotherapist, Rachel, recommended some fascinating but pretty heavy reading to get us through the coming (four) year(s).

Here’s Part 2 of her suggested reading list. Start ordering these books now — and while you’re at it, pick up one of those new weighted blankets to read under. Maybe they’ll help ease some of that anxiety we’re all feeling. read full story »

Thursday, 5 January 2017

a reading list for a new year, part 1

Hillbilly Elegy

This is not one of my usual reading lists but these are unusual times.

This is really a reading list for the resistance.

The election and what’s it already done to this country gutted me. And the only way I’ve ever been able to make sense of things I can’t wrap my head around is to do what I’ve done since I was little.

To read.

That’s something I suggest He Who Shall Not Be Named and his supporters start doing, too. If they did, I bet we wouldn’t be in this terrifying mess now. read full story »

Friday, 16 December 2016

“the wholehearted” at la jolla playhouse

The Wholehearted

If you’re in San Diego now, stop what you’re doing and order tickets to see The Wholehearted before this special — and I do mean special — engagement leaves on Sunday.

La Jolla Playhouse always features unique and thought-provoking shows, but this is one of its most powerful theater experiences ever.

Written by UC San Diego professor Deborah Stein, The Wholehearted is a one-woman show performed by Suli Holum, who co-directed it with Stein.

And it’s a knockout. read full story »

“weiner” movie review

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Anthony Weiner

It feels appropriate to end my 2016 movie reviews with Weiner, don’t you think?

This has been a year of crushing disappointments in both politics and male behavior, and Weiner is the perfect representation of both. read full story »

support heifer international and pass on the gift

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Lois and goat

Thank you to Heifer International for sponsoring this post and for 
the amazing work you do. All opinions are, as always, 100% mine.

I’ve been doing a lot of research on organizations to support this holiday season, and one of my favorites is still Heifer International. read full story »

“jackie” movie review

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Jackie

Sorry, Amy Adams, Emma Stone and Emily Blunt, but this year’s Academy Award for Best Actress is pretty much guaranteed to go to Natalie Portman for her stunning portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy in Jackie.

Not only does she channel the First Lady’s look, mannerisms and, oh, that distinctive voice, but she transforms herself into a woman we all thought we knew so well and reveals a whole other side of her. Her performance is haunting. read full story »

“miss you like hell” at la jolla playhouse

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Miss You Like Hell

As we all know,  there are few things as emotionally charged and inherently dramatic as the mother-daughter relationship.

So it’s no surprise that Miss You Like Hell, La Jolla Playhouse’s new, highly-anticipated world premiere musical, is a combination of funny and sad and poignant. Plus, it’s got some great songs. read full story »

“arrival” movie review

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Arrival

Arrival seems like a fitting movie for this election season, and I couldn’t help wishing it had been released before we voted so people could have seen the importance of having a strong, smart woman in charge.

But I digress. read full story »

a post-election action plan for nasty women and bad hombres

Thursday, 10 November 2016

safety pin

Like many people, I spent yesterday – the day after the election – grieving for the future of our country.

But today, inspired by Hillary herself, I am back up and ready to fight for the true United States – you know, the one where the Statue of Liberty welcomes immigrants; where all citizens have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation or religion; and where there’s a distinct separation between church and state.

I’m mad as hell about having to defend rights we’ve already fought so hard to win, and I’m appalled at the racism, sexism and violence that’s been unleashed during this election by the President-elect, but I’m going to put all of that outrage, devastation and energy into taking action. read full story »

“laughter on the 23rd floor” at north coast rep

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

What’s amazing about Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor, now playing at North Coast Rep, is not just how well it’s held up over time but how relevant it still is today. read full story »

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