Best Movies 2014

For my final trick of the year, I’ll talk about the five best films of the year. These are films I saw in the theaters though I didn’t include silent films I’ve seen. I will point out that 4 of the 5 are about women or by women. I don’t think that’s an accident. 🙂 […]

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Best Concerts 2014

I’m going to try something new. I’m going to talk about music. I haven’t really done a lot with this since I wasn’t sure I knew how to talk about music. But I’ll give it a try for my top nine list of best concerts of the year. In no particular order: Carolina Chocolate Drops at […]

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Best Plays of 2014

Yesterday I talked about my top nine books of 2014. Now, let’s talk about the top eight plays of 2014 in my opinion. I have a few plays to go before the end of the year but I’ll just have to report on those later. These are traditional plays, not circus and/or other variety shows. In no […]

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Best Books of 2014

The end of 2014 is approaching! That means its time for lists of the best stuff of the year. Not top ten lists, but lists of indeterminate length. Yay! I’ll be spending this week going over my list of best books, best concerts, best theater shows, and a really short one on movies of 2014. […]

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Jane Addams Day 2014

Saturday was the 2014 AAUW Chicago’s Jane Addams Day Celebration. Jane Addams has commemorative day in Illinois on December 10th because she was a remarkable lady. We try to celebrate her on the following Saturday. It’s an important opportunity to celebrate a piece of women’s history. Few women have commemorative days; none have national holidays. […]

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That Belongs in a Museum 6

This week was another thrilling evening with That Belongs in a Museum. For those of you new to the blog or the live literary event scene, That Belongs in a Museum is a storytelling show where folks bring in objects and explain why they brought them in. Objects can be historically interesting and/or personally interesting. […]

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Confessions about Opera

Reader, I have a confession to make. I have tried and tried but Opera and I just won’t work together. Yes, it’s a painful confession but I have to make it. It’s not that I don’t love classical music; I love going to the symphony. One of my favorite sounds is an orchestra warming up. […]

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Part 5: New York, New York

For the final entry on my trip to NY, I’m going to talk about Christmas decorations. I love them. I hate Christmas music with a passion but I cannot get enough of the lights. I don’t believe that there is such a thing as too many Christmas lights. Seriously. One of the big highlights to any […]

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Jane Addams Day 2014

I want to invite each and everyone of my readers to AAUW’s Jane Addams Day Celebration. It is an event that I have put together as a celebration of Jane Addams Day. The event will center around her work and experiences with the Pullman Strike. There will be speeches, songs, and more at this historical reenactment. […]

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Part 4: New York, New York

In addition to the museums and hot chocolate, we also saw a broadway play It’s Only a Play. It had an all-star cast: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Rupert Grint (of Harry Potter movie fame), Stockard Channing, Megan Mullaly, and F. Murray Abraham. That’s a hell of a cast. So we knew that it was going […]

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