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sherrie-theriault's picture
Oct.31.2013
October 31     Halloween   “Why does self-centered fear wear a costume that looks so much like ‘other people’s opinion’?” I asked my sponsor. “For the same reason that booze masquerades as ‘a good time.’  How would you ever fall into a pit which used no pretense?  Naked...
kimberly-jean-smith's picture
Jul.18.2013
“Nobody ever gave me the answer I wanted. Nobody ever said, ‘Oh, so beautiful.’” ––Ottessa Moshfegh “Malibu”   In the last few months, I’ve read three stories by Ottessa Moshfegh and Sheila Heti’s novel How Should a Person Be? Each amazed and left me a little terrified. No one, I think, will...
jodi-thompson's picture
Mar.28.2013
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is telling young women to Lean In to corporate America, to “take a seat at the table,” “join the conversation.” She worries that we have put ourselves on the ‘mommy track,’ often before we’re even dating. She posits that a lack of confidence and ambition has led to the...
robert-earle's picture
Dec.14.2012
I was introduced to the writing of Mario Vargas Llosa in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 1980 in part because he had written his great novel, Conversations in the Cathedral, in Cochabamba (he was not welcome in his native Peru at the time.)  My host said I therefore had to read it and gave me his...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Nov.16.2012
  November 16   DOWN THE UPSIDE       On the downside of a rising star there is too much fear.  Anticipation is recommended for ascent, delight should be encouraged, but all out alarm is usually sounded whether it is needed or not.  Panic dims the shining pleasure...
farzana-versey's picture
Oct.01.2012
The casting couch is a reality few want to accept.  Her life is pornography. Even as their bare bodies are entwined for a few minutes of pleasure, Mahi Arora is capturing the scene on her camera. I know a wannabe Mahi from years ago. Strange hands splashed whipped cream in her cleavage,...
farzana-versey's picture
Sep.05.2012
Michelle Obama did what any good wife does – made her husband look like he needed her. By default, America needs her. Apparently, her speech at the Democratic Convention was a huge hit. Political spouses play a major role in US politics. So, did her human interest angle make sense? As...
farzana-versey's picture
Mar.23.2012
I watched The Artist during a silent phase recently. Not that I wasn’t expressing myself or talking to people; it was just a time when tranquillity got superimposed over words. The sentences seemed to wait. If what I had to say was happy, then there would be a lingering haze of anticipation....
catherine-nagle's picture
Oct.03.2011
"The Force of Adventure that He Soared”  He helped in his family’s company by day, and was a commercial pilot and instructor by night and week-ends. He was ambitious. He hardly found time for leisure or pleasure, and then again, ‘the force was the adventure that he soared!' He eventually...
suellen-ocean's picture
Sep.02.2011
Some how we all seem to think that one day we’ll never have another bad day again. Money, retirement, better job, new house, new religion, or a new body will propel us from the bad days. Not true. We propel ourselves from the bad days by crawling to the door to go for that walk, or to have enough...