Author Archives: Cristina

About Cristina

Urban Addict: London, San Francisco, Portland, Paris. Island Girl: Manila, Manhattan, Maui. Life-long: Writer. Reader. Artist. Dancer.

Words and Pictures

Directed by Fred Schepisi, with a screenplay by Gerald DiPago, Words and Pictures is a smart, satisfying film about two interesting people, each one facing a critical turning point in their respective lives. Clive Owen plays Jack Marcus, a poet … Continue reading

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Ten Years in the Shadows

In this month of June, designated as Gay Pride month in many countries around the world and here in America, I am incredibly aware of the sea change that has happened since the first Gay Pride Parade in June 1970. … Continue reading

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“Continental Divide: Wildlife, People, and the Border Wall” – a short review and an interview with Krista Schlyer

Originally posted on Biocentered:
The 700-mile long “fence” – the Border Wall – between the US and Mexico has not stopped illegal immigration, which is the purpose for which it was built by the US government  But it is proving…

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Filing, Time Travel, and Net Neutrality

Last week I invested one whole day in the routine task of filing, and discovered that filing is a unique form of time travel. By sorting through my accumulation of notes, articles, research, ideas and drafts, I clarified the present … Continue reading

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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

I’ve been interested in Jeanette Winterson ever since reading Written on the Body. She’s a compelling writer, and in that novel I was swept away to a place where readers long to go — an interior landscape where all is … Continue reading

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7-7-6 Haiku

The scent of apple blossoms carried by a cold March wind, winter and spring, dancing.

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Tribute to a Beloved Poet

This 13th day of January will mark fourteen years since my friend Elizabeth Carlson gave up her last breath. She was a poet, writer, teacher and counselor, a musician and a dancer, a wife, mother, and grandmother, and one of … Continue reading

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My 2013 Movies, Part II: The Good, Bad, Sad, and Beautiful

The “Beautiful” above refers to one single scene in GRAVITY—not to the whole movie—but I like the almost–spaghetti western rhythm of the title, and Sandra Bullock, when you finally get to see her sans space suit, is certainly beautiful. GOOD … Continue reading

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My Favorite Movies of 2013, Part I

To close out the old year, I’m doing something new: listing my five favorite movies of 2013. I don’t see as many films as I used to, but I’m still a fan and here—in no particular order—are five films that … Continue reading

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Strictly Zen: No matter what

“Do you know that…death must…overtake us, no matter what we are doing?…What do you wish to be doing when it overtakes you?…If you have anything better to be doing when you are so overtaken, get to work on that.” – … Continue reading

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