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Welcome! If you’ve thought about retiring and wonder whether travel might be an option for you, read on! I’m curious about our longing for the exotic and our impulse to return to the familiar. I want to learn whether age can bring an augmentation in our perceptions or in our capacity for joy. I like to explore […]

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Dark Sky and Scavenger Hunt in Canmore

I learned via a dark sky and scavenger hunt in Canmore that there’s no quicker way to learn the secrets of a town. In all the years I lived in Alberta, Canmore was merely a road sign on the way from Calgary to Banff National Park. Never once had it been a place to stop. […]

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From Goats on the Roof to Afternoon Tea

Two goats on the roof!

The cultural dimensions of our first day on Vancouver Island ranged from goats on the roof to afternoon tea. Why are goats grazing on the turf roof of a retail establishment, you ask? Well, probably for the same reason the store is located in a great big yurt. The Old Country Market in Coombs, B.C., otherwise […]

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Thrill of Serendipitous Discovery

Lavender and poppies

Detailed travel plans have the advantage of efficiency, but less often do they encompass the thrill of serendipitous discovery. If you turn down one road and not another as a spur-of-the-moment choice, and then discover unexpected loveliness, your most rational self knows that ordinary people make their homes there, work there, die there. Yet, unanticipated […]

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Visiting Seattle from Bainbridge Island

Chihuly 12

Visiting Seattle from Bainbridge Island is an everyday event for many residents, since the island is something of a bedroom community for workers commuting to Seattle. For us, however, the ferry ride held all the delights of a rare experience. The walk-on ferry passage from Bainbridge Island to Seattle is free on the Bainbridge side, […]

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Exploring the Many Pleasures of Bainbridge Island

Wanted poster for Captain Hook

Exploring the many pleasures of Bainbridge Island included attending the musical, Peter Pan, as produced by Kitsap Forest Theater. It began raining lightly in the parking lot, but the trees protected us for the most part as we walked down the trail to the outdoor staging area. During this beautiful 10-minute hike through the woods, […]

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What Not to Like at the 2018 Utah Shakespeare Festival

Stillman Sculpture Garden

This blog post was supposed to be my objective review of Henry VI, Part one, but somehow it morphed into what not to like at the 2018 Utah Shakespeare Festival. I have to publish it, you know. It’s the only way I can maintain any credibility after having posted encomiums on the first five plays […]

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Brave New Examination of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE – A Review

Italy in song and dance

The Utah Shakespeare Festival’s brave new examination of The Merchant of Venice brings the thematic undercurrent of this year’s plays to a new level of acuity. As always, Shakespeare’s view of the world is replete with differences from our own notions of humanity, which can distress the play-goer despite the thrall of poetic language and […]

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Compelling Interpretation of OTHELLO – A Review

Greenery amidst red rock

The 2018 Utah Shakespeare Festival cast has created a compelling interpretation of Othello. The chilling menace with which Brian Vaughn, Artistic Director for Utah Shakespeare Festival, plays the role of Iago, led me through the excruciating process of understanding the villain’s motives by discovering echoes in myself. When I’ve seen the role in other productions, […]

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Humor Crushes Xenophobia in THE FOREIGNER – A Review

Scotsman at the Green Show

We learned that humor crushes xenophobia in The Foreigner. In retrospect, the first moments of The Foreigner become even funnier. The audience hears a man speaking with a British accent over the music of a blue-grass band. What? I love attending live theatre and will buy tickets for any production I find, ranging from local […]

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Musical Re-setting of THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR – A Review

Silent film at the Monday Green Show

The musical re-setting of The Merry Wives of Windsor at the 2018 Utah Shakespeare Festival is one you don’t want to miss. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind production. Admittedly, the unusual concept for the play startled me at first. If you go expecting the same experience you had the last time you saw the play, you […]

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