Author Archives: Cristina

About Cristina

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

Best and Worst Movies of 2015

Just so you know, I’m the only one voting, and my totally diverse self came up with these ten flicks: Best Comedy: Trainwreck This is comedy with a heart. Amy Schumer plays a woman committed to booze, pills, and one-night … Continue reading

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A Christmas Wish

These images are a winter memory, captured during the Orion snowstorm in 2014. I remember at the time feeling grateful to have health and strength enough to trek through the snow, and a warm home to return to after my … Continue reading

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The original “Secret” is the one to see

Can you imagine remaking David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia? Could there be a better Lawrence than Peter O’Toole? Could anyone match Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, or Anthony Quinn, who played alongside O’Toole? Here are my answers to those three questions: … Continue reading

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Big Magic

On a mild October evening, I’m at the Newmark, a beautiful theatre that is part of a vibrant performing arts center in downtown Portland, Oregon. I’m sitting in the first row, second balcony, on the aisle. This was the “best … Continue reading

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Happiness

In Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way, author Dan Buettner lists Denmark as one of the world’s “happiness all-stars.” When Buettner talks to Toger Seidenfaden, editor-in-chief of Politiken in Copenhagen, Seidenfaden remarks on the fact that Danes love to … Continue reading

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Brighton #6

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Brighton

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LONDON 2015 #4

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London

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Three Tips: Keeping Your Cool in the Heat

Because I was thinking about some dumb things I’ve done in my life, I considered calling this post “Zen Dum-dee-dumb.” Put that in the category of dumb titles that once occurred to me. Now — about those dumb things I’ve … Continue reading

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Truth

“All beings are Buddha. All beings are the truth, just as they are. — Robert Aitken “Truth is the safest lie.” — Unknown “What is truth? I don’t know and I’m sorry I brought it up.” — Edward Abbey

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Zen Fellini

“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.” — Federico Fellini

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