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Childhood dreams

Childhood dreams

We made them crowd into the shed, sweltering in the Sacramento summer. It was our "classroom." And by golly, we had signed binder paper permission slips from their parents which meant that even if we had to chase them, our siblings would comply. For aw...

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It’s not Easter without lamb cake

It’s not Easter without lamb cake

"Old fashioned lamb cake... Just like you remember."Old fashioned lamb cake, definitely the funniest dessert I've ever seen. It reminded me of the armadillo groom's cake from the movie Steel Magnolias.It wasn't the description that sold my sister Emily...

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Fly Girl in Training: Finding my feet in the Decathlon

Fly Girl in Training: Finding my feet in the Decathlon

We were at 3,000 feet practicing steep turns, stalls, and slow flight, me knocking six months of rust off when I remarked about my lazy feet: "I need to get back in a taildragger soon!" The comment referred to my insufficient use of rudder in the Cessn...

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Weekend With Bella

Walking Bella has allowed me to reacquaint myself with the neighborhood. This morning, we came across Bob Baxter at the RSP rehearsal space. I explained to Bella that the stack of small orphan beds was probably from a production of "Annie". ...

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"This Is Where It Happened"

A number of hardcore "Breaking Bad" fans, including myself, were interviewed for this new documentary by Netflix. Can hardly wait to see it!

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Coyote On The Roof

That most adaptable of animals, way outside its natural range:Brian Porter, owner of the bar in Queens' Long Island City neighborhood, was shocked when he first saw the animal."It was a pretty big animal, by the far biggest coyote I've ever seen," said...

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Ol’ Times Dere Are Not Forgotten

What worries me about this Indiana Religious Freedom law isn't that it discriminates against gays - as long as gays are perceived to be richer-than-average their preferred status is golden with businesses - but that it allows businesses to escape civil...

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"The Music Man" – River City Theatre Company

"The Music Man" – River City Theatre Company


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"Mulan" – DMTC

"Mulan" – DMTC


Alison Toon
Witches. Take a listen. Then go see One-Eyed Doll. OK?

Apr 5, 2015
Witches. Take a listen. Then go see One-Eyed Doll. OK?

Kimberly Freeman of One-Eyed DollWhile the Marillion Weekends are happening, I'm so attuned to their music, anything else is having a hard time finding ear-space or listening-room, and it's difficult to give anything else the fair hearing a review dese...

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