Author Archives: Cristina

About Cristina

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

Be Subversive: Smarten Up

Rick Steves came to Corvallis last week to advocate for Measure 91, which, if it passes, will legalize marijuana in Oregon. He packed the house—the spacious main meeting room of the Unitarian Church—with people of all ages. Though some in … Continue reading

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Movies and A Story

I keep wanting to write about certain movies, but don’t have the time as yet to give them the kind of detail and attention they deserve. The only movies I can give short shrift to are the ones I hated. … Continue reading

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Join Us in the Fight For Net Neutrality

Originally posted on News:
“Net Neutrality” is the simple but powerful principle that cable and broadband providers must treat all internet traffic equally. Whether you’re loading a blog post on, streaming House of Cards on Netflix, or…

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Monday Zen

“The purpose of art is to stop time.” — Bob Dylan Take some time today to rest from your labors. If it’s warm, slumber in the shade, If cool, saunter in the sun. If it’s gray, watch the clouds drift … Continue reading

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Originally posted on The Matilda Project:
Ocelot, Brunnenstraße 181,10119 Berlin,Germany   If you asked me to describe my perfect bookshop, it would look nothing like Ocelot. It would be small and dark, warm and quiet, disorganised and absolutely crammed with…

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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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