2016 ended on a high note for me, literarily speaking. I read some extraordinary books in November and December. As this is one of my favorite blogs of the year, I can’t wait to share them with you. America’s First Daughter, a historical novel by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie is simply an extraordinary read. Based on […]Read More
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The Writer's Blog
Every writer has a journey that each of their characters must take.
December/January Newsletter The state of things Tomorrow I am closing down my storage unit. Everything in it, the final leftovers of a life of sorts, will be sold within the next two weeks or given away. I’m not really certain what’s out there as I haven’t been able to get to it for a while. […]Read More
A quick note to all my followers! The 12 Days of December are here. Starting now, through December 12, I am offering you the opportunity to order paperback copies of any or all of the Emma Golden Mysteries from my website at a discounted price. Of course you can order the book from Amazon and other […]Read More
The state of the state The stock market is up; James Comey’s Trump/Pence sign has come down from his front yard. Life is ambling along nearly normal in P-town, aside from five post-election nights of marching and a couple of riots. I haven’t actually been able to do much over the last week or two. I […]Read More
“All crime novels are social novels,” says Laura Miller in her recent article “Try To Remember” in The New Yorker, an article devoted to Dublin-based mystery writer Tana French (Oct. 3, 2016, page 72). Unlike many articles in The New Yorker, this one cuts to the chase. Says Miller, “Most crime fiction is diverting; French’s is […]Read More
The State of the State We’re settling in for fall around here. Brilliant color, cold morning walks, baked apples. Most of the wineries have finished harvesting grapes and are now processing the bounty into next year’s wines. My dear friends Cheryl and Ginny and Margie, along with several other friends, celebrate birthdays with me in October. Cheryl and I also […]Read More
The State of the State Seasons change rapidly around here. In August we experienced three scalding weekends, while the time between them often gave us chilly mornings. It’s cooler now, and one doubts one will see 100-degree days again any time soon. Harvest began nearly two weeks ago out in Emma Golden’s wine country. I don’t think […]Read More
More than half of 2016 is behind us, and it’s a good time for a mid-year book review. How is your reading going? Mine is a little slower than I would have liked, but I’m reading some terrific stuff, so let’s get started. One of my guilty pleasures was re-reading Tana French’s thriller Faithful Place. […]Read More
The State of the State July flew by. What can I say? Margie returned safely to Australia, via two weeks in Toronto and Montreal. I settled back to whatever normal is these days, and managed to get a ton of writing done. Let us hope August is as generous. The State of the Novel A […]Read More
Reviews Well Played.
Musings and reviews of theatrical plays.
More than 45 years ago, on Thanksgiving weekend, a man with $200,000 in hijack ransom jumped out of a plane destined to Reno from Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport. Earlier that day, he’d hijacked a flight from Portland to Seattle. When the plane landed, he freed the passengers in exchange for $200,000 ransom–quite a fortune in 1971. The […]Read More
There are few things more enticing to the mystery lover than a classic murder mystery that also is a play. Murder on the Nile by Agatha Christie, currently playing at Lakewood Theatre, is just such an event. For me at least. Christie was master of the drawing room murder mystery, and this play is no exception. The action […]Read More
Eleven days. More than 45 producers. Forty-four Portland-area venues. Portland, are you ready for the 9th annual Fertile Ground Festival 2017, a city-wide festival of theatrical works? Running January 19-29, Fertile Ground features new projects in theatre, dance, animation, clowns, circus, music, and multidisciplinary arts–more than 100 creations in all. They will be happening throughout the […]Read More
Amid the countless lives begun in struggle, beset with tragedy, poverty, and insecurity, most of us–in this country, at least–survive. Some of us rise to the top. And a few live lives legends are made of. Let us consider Irving Berlin. Born in 1888 in Belarus, named Israel Beilin, he immigrated at age five to New York, as the Beilins […]Read More
It’s a busy Christmas Eve, 1864, in Washington, D.C. In a contentious recent election, Abraham Lincoln has been re-elected President. A slave, Hannah (Andrea Whittle) and her daughter Jessa (Miya Zolkoske) plan to cross the Potomac River from Maryland into the District of Columbia where they will be free. John Wilkes Booth (Val Landrum) and his associates […]Read More
At the time of year when holiday shows are as abundant as good deals at your favorite shopping site, Broadway Rose Theatre Company offers a unique blend of traditional music favorites delightfully packaged with bit of Portland Weird in its latest production, A Very Merry PDX-mas. Broadway Rose does musicals only, and this show is a musical review of familiar […]Read More
A funny thing happened the other night. I entered the Lakewood Theatre a bit grumpy and worse for wear, and left the theatre two hours later wrung out from laughing. One Man, Two Guvnors, playing at Lakewood through December 11, is the antidote to whatever is ailing your psyche at the moment. I can think of […]Read More
Now Jane (Sarah Baskin) is 14. She smells bad, and she has a crush on Billy (Chris Murray). She wears a black hoodie and is chewing on the strings while she entertains us with great adolescent self-talk. Social development? Not great. Scholastics? About what one would expect from a slacker wannabe with a body odor problem […]Read More
The How and Why of all things, past, And present, and forevermore. —from Renascence by Edna St. Vincent Millay In CoHo Productions’ latest offering, The How and the Why by Sarah Treem, two women, one in her late twenties and one much older, face off in an office over a lingering but awkward handshake. As […]Read More