Month: May 2020

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His Coy Mistress’s Daughter

Chapter 1: Birth and Rebirth My mother gave birth to me when she was sixteen. She said the stars so took her in my eyes that she named me Stella. Mother attended an all-girls Catholic school, paid for by my wealthy grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clermont. During her winter holiday from St. Augustine's, she met the boy who would give me half of my DNA. His name is inconsequential as he died from a drug overdose when I was two years old. But he was that kind of man. On the wrong side of the tracks, he did every exotic…

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A picture I took of the ballroom at Filoli Historic House & Garden

Slanted Suitcase: Filoli

I had the opportunity to visit the Filoli Historic House and Gardens in 2016. Filoli is a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. It's 30 miles south of the City (San Francisco), and built to resemble an English country estate. Like I told my pal A, it felt like walking into a Jane Austen novel, all without putting a stamp in my passport. Someday soon though! If the place looks familiar, it's been used many times in movies and TV. I told A it…

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jason isaacs as lucius malfoy, david boreanaz as angel

Chaos Theory

Rating: PG-13.Category: Drama/Verbal Abuse.Summary: Lucius loathes the day he came face to face with Angel.Timeline: "Deleted scene" of episode 17.Disclaimer: Harry Potter and related characters belong to JK Rowling and associated entities. Buffy and Angel belong to Joss Whedon and Co. Sarky poo belongs to J.J. Abrams and company. Made-ups are mine and mine alone. Lucius Malfoy simmered in his son's Italian villa. Why he had allowed Julian Sark to stop him from performing the Avada Kedavra curse on Angelus or to stake the bloody git was beyond him. His heart ached. He yearned to get one back for his…

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My picture of a collage at the Beat Museum, North Beach, San Francisco

Slanted Suitcase: The Beat Museum, City Lights

To try and get back to square one, I took myself on an Artist's Date into the city. My Artist's Dates have always been going to museums, not sure why. They're not particularly creative, but they do satisfy my wanderlust. So I went to The Beat Museum and City Lights. If you don't know me, the Beat writers have been a heavy influence on my life, particularly Jack Kerouac. There's a clue in me that wants to shed my privileged life and run off into the wild blue yonder, but I couldn't do that. So instead, I live vicariously through…

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Mystere (Treasure Island)

Mystere was amazing. It was a dress rehearsal, but there weren't any accidents or anything during the show. There was so much going on that I didn't know what to focus on sometimes. The comic relief was seamless and there to help fill the time in changing sets.There was one performer that I called la Bebe, which means "the baby" in French, but her actual character name is Bebe Francois. So I was pretty close. She had the baby thing down pat, down to the little laugh and movements. Then there was a clown caricature without makeup, wearing a messy…

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the killers, circa 2005

The Killers: Insert “Killing” Cliche Here

An edited version was published in the April 2, 2005 edition of College of Southern Nevada's Coyote Press. What if I told you that there's a song on Top 40 radio dedicated to our humble town? "Somebody told me/that you had a boyfriend/that looked like a girlfriend/that I had in February of last year." Who hasn't dated someone in Vegas that didn't look androgynous? If so, send them my digits. The Killers - made up of lead singer/keyboardist Brandon Flowers, guitarist David Keuning, bassist Mark Stoermer, and percussionist Ronnie Vannucci - became an outfit after Flowers answered a newspaper ad…

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cate blanchett as maria sieber in the crucifix

The Crucifix

Rating: PG.Category: Suspense.Summary: A happy-go-lucky woman with political roots and a near-genius brain joins OST.Timeline: Mid-season 2.Disclaimer: The Agency characters belong to their respective entities. Made-ups are mine and mine alone. Joshua Nankin stood at the front of the tiny office that housed the OST department with a quiet woman beside him. "People, I'd like to introduce our newest recruit, Maria Sieber." Maria waved and smiled politely at everyone in the room. "You might know Maria's father, Senator Hayden Sieber." Everyone clapped, impressed with her bloodline. The apples of Maria's cheeks turned an interesting shade of pink. She had hoped…

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