Get Ready for the Gilded Age

Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski.
ALISON COHEN ROSA

Julian Fellows is back, just in time to rescue us from our Omicron blues. A new series The Gilded Age debuts on HBO on January 24 – here’s the trailer to whet …

1.14.22

Games, Pods, Bits + Bobs

** It turns out that Northern California is doing a much better job than we are at reducing water use, according to Cal Matters: “Californians used nearly 7% less water in their homes during November 2021 compared to November …

1.14.22

The 57 Bus is a YA Novel about Big Issues

I have fond memories of re-reading titles such as “The Scarlet Letter” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” alongside my kids during their high-school English classes. Going back to investigate the classics is a satisfying pastime but most of all, it’s …

1.12.22

January Goals: Darn You Omicron

My goal is simply to make it through the month without meeting Omicron – so I’m sequestered once again. Choosing a 2022 day planner gave me a jolt of energy but otherwise I’m feeling foggy, even though the sky is …

1.7.22

Start Your Year with Lonesome Dove

I’ve led my book club down many risky reading paths over the past twenty years. Sometimes, my choices arouse vociferous resistance and when I’ve led the group astray, I readily beg forgiveness. But more often than not, trying something out …

1.5.22

Salt in My Soul, the documentary

It’s 2022. If you are looking for inspiration about how to live your life with more intention this new year, consider spending a few hours with Mallory Smith, a young woman whose short life casts a long legacy of gratitude. …

1.3.22

Dwindling Days of December

Lake Balboa Swan Boats

If the Omicron news has you down, and all you can do is lie on the couch and read the books you got for Christmas, I’m with you. Here are a few things that might be …

12.29.21

Get to The Huntington this Winter

Kehinde Wiley, “A Portrait of a Young Gentleman”

Would you drive across town to see one painting? I spend the day at The Huntington two weeks go, drawn to the Kehinde Wiley pictured here, and it was well worth the …

12.29.21

A lot of Quilting Going On

Three interesting exhibits are on view, here in LA and in Boston, with quilting at the center. As someone who loves the textile arts, I want to share links to each of the exhibits.

Hank Willis Thomas at Kayne Griffin

12.15.21