Author Archives: Cristina

About Cristina

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

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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Nora Knows

“You do get to a certain point in life where you have to realistically, I think, understand that the days are getting short and you can’t put things off, thinking you’ll get to them someday. If you really want to … Continue reading

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Call Me Old-Fashioned, But I Dislike the GAG

In the last few months, I’ve done some traveling, by auto and plane. I visited friends, experienced new places, and returned to favorite old haunts. Back home again, out and about in Corvallis, Oregon—home to Oregon State University—I found myself … Continue reading

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Falling in love at the library

On a recent trip to the library, I spoke to the reference librarian, who gave me a few key words that were helpful in the research I was doing. When I had thanked her and started away, something in my … Continue reading

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Now that physics is proving the intelligence of the universe what are we to do about the stupidity of humankind? – Jeanette Winterson, Gut Symmetries

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