Category Archives: Art

You Know How To Whistle… Lauren Bacall.

 I was first introduced to Lauren Bacall by way of the silver screen when I was all of sixteen years old as she burned up the silver screen acting opposite Humphrey Bogart in Ernest Hemingway’s “To Have and Have Not.”  Betty, as she was known to her friends, was just nineteen years old when she came out to California for

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Feed Your Head

  I enjoyed this profile piece about Grace Slick. Unapologetically herself.   Keep making your art. Let your art change, evolve, grow. Most of the creative people that I know, they have more than one area of creative interest and expression. And remember, what the dormouse said, “Feed your head.”

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Shakespeare, Darlings…

It’s Shakespeare darlings, try not to screw it up. Several years ago I went on a trip with my husband and there was this guy walking around wearing a red and white t-shirt with a picture of Shakespeare on it and the caption read, “This shit writes itself.” For some reason at that very moment it struck me as being

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Feeling Good, Miss Simone

I watched a documentary last night about Nina Simone, “What Happened, Miss Simone?” I like documentaries and I had watched part of this one before and become distracted. “Feeling Good” was the first Nina Simone song that I ever heard and I loved it. I’d been a Billie Holiday fan for years and I thought, how is it that I

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Stanyan Street.

There’s a good chance that you’ve never heard of Rod McKuen, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of Rod McKuen and just don’t know that you have, yet. A prolific poet and composer, credited with more than two hundred albums and more than thirty collections of poetry, including work in prominent films and the music industry, earning an Oscar

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The Origins of Voice.

Author Richard Thomas has written a great article here at Storyville , for the new Lit Reactor writers forum and workshop, about finding ones voice as a writer.One of the things Mr. Thomas suggests, an exercise of writing down your five favorite authors, books, movies, and t.v. shows~ while I’m not going to cover all of those here, I will

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The Big Blue Marble

Those of us of a certain age may remember the children’s programming of the 1970’s that promoted social and cultural awareness, the idea that we are all different but really, we are all the same. Shows like ZOOM, The Electric Company, The New Zoo Revue, Villa Alegre and The Big Blue Marble presented the idea the world belonged to all

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