Reflections on a Travelling Life

It is easy to engage in surroundings when vacationing:  all travellers belong, having escaped (even if momentarily) their scripted lives. We project friendliness onto strangers – mothers meeting outside our day-to-day – have new things to discuss.  Dare to confess concerns, or approach the personal, and the shunning is immediate.  Only peripheral conversations are expected […]

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Love “Swimming Lessons”!

What an incredible story!  Claire Fuller creates characters who are flawed and yet sympathetic.  Meet Gil, an aging writer and incorrigible Lothario, who sudden obsession with books leads his daughters to be concerned about his state of mind.  Meet Ingrid, his wife who has been missing for eleven years, presumed dead, and whose voice haunts […]

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Looking For Marital Advice From Reality TV

I’m obsessed with the television reality show:  Married At First Sight.  The show promotes itself as a social experiment:  over 30,000 singles apply to have experts find them a suitable spouse, out of which, six are chosen.  It’s a bit like coming across a car accident, and not being able to tear your eyes away; […]

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“The Sellout” by Paul Beatty, A Humble Review

Humbled is only way I can describe my experience of Paul Beatty’s novel, “The Sellout”.  Beatty’s comic approach to issues ranging from being raised by a single parent, racial matters, love, and the judicial system is cleverly acerbic.  Each line of the novel is packed with cutting commentary, and I found myself laughing out loud […]

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Blended Angst

Growing up, my example for what a blended family looks like was The Brady Bunch, a television sitcom that depicted ever-patient parents, and six children whose disagreements were cute, story-worthy antics.  It was all very entertaining and appealing.  The irony was that at the time I was (unbeknownst to me) part of a blended family […]

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Sitcom Potential?

I’m seeing it now as a sitcom, you know 22 minute vignettes in which the ordinary becomes the absurd. Episode One:  The Preparations Are Mighty     As departure time draws near, Ric’s paper plans have overtaken the house.  Meanwhile, VJ, unable to get out of bed, is trying to direct a flustered hired help to pack […]

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