Author Archives: Cristina

About Cristina

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

Zen Fellini

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

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ZERO TO FIFTY: Once Was A Wall

There are so many stories today, of how we went from zero to fifty, of how we became a nation where marriage equality is the law of the land. There are so many people to thank and acknowledge — all … Continue reading

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Saturday Zen

“Spirit needs matter to become substantial; matter needs spirit to become meaningful.” — Unknown

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Woman in Gold: One Woman, All Humanity

I’m a movie-goer, not a movie critic. My criteria for what makes a fine film is simple. I ask these questions: Did it move me? Did it cause me to feel, to care? After seeing Woman in Gold, the answer … Continue reading

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Rosemary Rescue and Ripple Effect

Nearly nine years ago, I moved to Corvallis, Oregon and, initially, a lot of my time was spent unpacking boxes. One day, in need of a break, I set out to take a walk and saw something that shocked me: … Continue reading

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PRIDE: Unlikely Allies

At the end of Pride, there is a dedication from Matthew Warchus, the director: “This film is dedicated to my father…who taught me compassion (and comedy).” If I had only two words to describe the rough beauty of this wonderful … Continue reading

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Yes, And…The Power of Words

On Saturday, I set out on a whim and ended up with a Wham: A whole new approach to life. The “Wham” happened because I had accepted an invitation to attend an open session of an improv group called the … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Life

Originally posted on sophywisdom:
I’ve been thinking about the meaning of life. It’s the kind of monumental question I used to worry like a terrier with a toy when I was young and that I don’t have time for now that I’m…

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zen sentence

The rough call of crows in the early morning, an ancient memory.

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November is here, which means that both NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo have begun. For those of you unfamiliar with those acronyms, the first stands for National Novel Writing Month, and the second stands for National Blog Posting Month. Thousands upon thousands … Continue reading

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