Category Archives: 2018

Inspiration for Star Wars fangirls… and other dreamers

It’s Your Universe, You Have The Power To Make It Happen by Ashley Eckstein. For those unfamiliar with the name, Ashley Eckstein is the actress who voiced the Star Wars animated character Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: Clones, and in the … Continue reading

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Trying to understand the business of movies?

I enjoy reading books on the making of movies. Like potato chips, the books come out, are read on the sofa, and you go on to the next. Every now and then, a book will stick in your mind. When … Continue reading

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Even the saga of Middle-Earth comes to an end (maybe)

The Lord of the Rings saga written by noted fantasy writer, and Oxford Professor, the late J.R. R. Tolkien finally comes to an end in The Fall of Gondolin published by his son Christopher, now 94. J.R.R.Tolkien taught Anglo-Saxon and Old English … Continue reading

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At the Freer Gallery, a seminar on looting of cultural heritage

If you think museums are just homes for great art, think again. The art, academic and museum worlds have combined forces into activism against theft. They have to since the illegal sale of cultural heritages has become endemic. It is … Continue reading

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Don’t blink or you’ll miss ‘Artes de Cuba’ at the Kennedy Center

On a trip to pick up tickets at the Kennedy Center, I discovered the Artes de Cuba: From the Island to the World. For those unfamiliar with the Kennedy Center, the theater along the Potomac River is one of several … Continue reading

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Top shopping at the Smithsonian Craft Show

I have seldom walked through a craft show and had my jaw drop at virtually every booth. The outstanding quality and imagination sets the 2018 Smithsonian Craft show at the National Building Museum apart from so many others. It is … Continue reading

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A to-be-read book, ‘Darjeeling,’ turns out to be so worth it

Too often books languish in a pile named, “I’ll get to it soon.” That’s what happened to Jeff Koehler’s “Darjeeling: The Colorful History and Precarious Fate of the World’s Greatest Tea” which has been gathering dust for roughly three years. … Continue reading

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