Author Archives: Cristina

About Cristina

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

Civility, Civil Rights, Civilization

“We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all our citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Carol: The Price of Salt

There is an undeniable aura about Carol, an elegance and mystery that wafts around her like the perfume she wears. Sitting in a darkened movie house, watching Cate Blanchett as Carol Aird, I was never able to inhale the fragrance … Continue reading

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夜の街から #11

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恵比寿, 東京 Ebisu, Tokyo

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夜の街から #11

恵比寿, 東京 Ebisu, Tokyo Source: 夜の街から #11

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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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