The state of the State A major birthday has come and gone. I, for one, am glad it’s gone. The new 40 this one is not. In three days, the weather has gone from sunshine and autumn leaves to dark skies and snow in the Cascades. October was filled with wonderful friends… and art. Portland […]Read More
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The Writer's Blog
Every writer has a journey that each of their characters must take.
The State of the State Unapologetically late…as usual…I am fondly remembering a fabulous trip to Washington D.C. four years ago with three of my nearest and dearest. We spent the most fabulous week there exploring the city–mostly those little museums along the Mall, the Capitol, a reception in Sen. Jeff Merkeley’s office, trips to Olde […]Read More
State of the state The Newsletter is late this month because a great deal has happened. In early July, started a new job as Portland area brand representative for Dragonfly Nutrition LLC. So far, in the greater Portland area, their nutrition bars are available in New Seasons markets, with more locations to be added soon. […]Read More
Let me jump right in here. Summer is rushing past, but it’s August…time of getaways, time of the solar eclipse. We all want to hide out once in a while, and August is the time to do it. Here are some books for the journey. Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire: […]Read More
The state of the state For what it’s worth, my life has been in a state of high flux. Not the type of flux one likes talking about. So…the first of June, I quit my job of eight years. The last nine months there were unpleasant for a variety of reasons. Near the bursting point, […]Read More
February/March newsletter The cruelest month “February is the cruelest month”…or so says Emma Golden in my second novel, The Difficult Sister. For me, as well as for Emma, it always has been. Local readers know that in addition to snow, we set a record for February rainfall this past month. It also was the first […]Read More
As of January 20, 2017, Portland has huge a new play. It’s called Astoria Part I, and it came to stage during Portland’s recent Fertile Ground Festival, a 10-day event where dozens of new plays large and small enjoyed their world premieres. The play is written and directed by Portland Center Stage Artistic Director Chris Coleman, and […]Read More
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
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
Reviews Well Played.
Musings and reviews of theatrical plays.
Belfast Girls, Irish playwright Jaki McCarrick’s 2015 play about five young women aboard the Inchinnan, a ship bound for Australia, opened November 17–with high hopes on the part of the voyagers, and fistfights. It is the first play in Corrib Theatre’s 2017-18 season, and this is its U.S. West Coast premiere. The play documents the […]Read More
It’s been many years since Oregon Shakespeare Festival brought one of its plays to Portland, but this isn’t your typical year. This will go down as the season when Portland-area theatres decided, almost as one, to fight back against the growing inequities large and small in our country. What groups have been most affected by […]Read More
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s seminal story of racism and loss of innocence in the Depression-era south, was published in 1960 and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961–years before Congress passed the Civil Rights Act. It was adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel, and under the astute direction of Brenda Hubbard, […]Read More
Caught by Christopher Chen, directed by Shawn Lee is a different kind of theatrical experience. Artists Repertory Theatre sets the scene, with an exhibit by the Chinese dissident artist Lin Bo in the theatre’s upstairs lobby and within the theatre itself. Most of us are not accustomed to viewing an art exhibit as part of attending […]Read More
Actor and playwright Danna Schaeffer is a small, perky woman whose energy seems to want to burst out of her in laughter and excitement. She has another side as well. Schaeffer and her husband Benson are members of The Grief Club. In 1989, their only child Rebecca, an up-and-coming Hollywood actress was murdered on her […]Read More
Isaac Lamb has his work cut out for him. He’s the Performer in Every Brilliant Thing (by Duncan Macmillan with Johnny Donahoe), a play about suicidal depression that manages to be at once hilarious and real without sugar-coating anything. It’s onstage in the Ellyn Bye Studio at Portland Center Stage through November 5. Directed by Rose Riordan, […]Read More
Three children–the “Queen Captain” Amy (Rachel Lewis) and her subjects Seth (Joel Walker) and Mike (Michael Morrow Hammack)–are thrown together in an earlier time, and become friends for life in the musical Trails now playing at Broadway Rose Theatre. Amy is bossy and sure of herself, and her energy and ability to mesmerize and manage the boys […]Read More
The house on Maple Avenue is a brilliantly restored Victorian, beautiful, perfect inside and out. It’s on the local historic tours. Alison Bechdel’s (Allison Mickelson) father Bruce (Robert Mammana) couldn’t be prouder. He is the one who did the exacting work, who prowled old barns and garage sales with his daughter (Small Alison, Aida Valentine) […]Read More
It’s a modern (2014) play based on an old play (1859). It’s a madcap melodrama with a golden-haired hero and a lecherous villain. It’s a chilling statement on race. An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins opened at Artists Repertory Theatre last Saturday. Co-directed by Artist Rep Artistic Director Damaso Rodriguez and Lava Alapai, the play begins […]Read More