|Julia Erickson with the corps de ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (Photo by Rick Sofranko)|
A Woman's Prerogative Ever since childhood, I’ve disliked change. Probably because I fear it. So I cling toroutines. I’m slow to win over and I’m reluctant to try new things, until I either first research a topic to death or circumstances force the issue. Then I’m at peacewith it. This is most likely why I’m child-free and why only a job loss could prompt me to leave my beloved home state two years ago.
Boo! I’m not a Halloween fan in the least–come to think of it, I’m not a holiday fan at all. But since it’s nearing All Hallows Eve, I thought this post might create the appropriate atmosphere for the cold and dark season ahead.
Claude Debussy Sesquicentennial In 199o, I saw the controversial NC-17 rated film Henry & June; in fact, I watched at least a dozen people walk out of my theater. While the movie was definitely provocative, it was the gorgeous soundtrack that sang to me.
The Gilded Age When I was a teenager, I saw the movie Ragtime and I was fascinated by the depiction of the history of turn-of-the-century America, the elegant and stylish clothes, and the music.
Literary Lives: Real and Imagined I once heard the children’s non-fiction author Seymour Simon say that library books shouldn’t be labeled ‘fiction’ and ‘nonfiction’ but, rather, ‘true’ and ‘untrue.’* Indeed, many people get the labels mixed up thinking the ‘non’ in fiction means it’s untrue; well, some of it is!
Why I Don't (and Won't) Own a TV When people visit my home, the first thing they notice is that there is no television in the living room. Usually it’s a laid back “so where’s your television?” but more often than not it’s an incredulous exclamation, “you don’t have a television?!”
Family Affair Ah, family. They say you don’t get to choose your family, only your friends. But through thick and thin, I know mine will always be there for me. There’s plenty of fiction out there about the joys and sorrows of family but have you tried non-fiction?*