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Train in Melanctha

One passage in the book which interested me was the description of the train beginning on page 97 and ending on page 98: “Melanctha liked to wander, and to stand by the railroad yard, and watch the men and the engines and the switches and everything that was busy there, working. 369 more words

Architecture, love, loss & liberty

(I interviewed World Trade Center/Ground Zero architect Daniel Libeskind for my newspaper when he came to Manila at the end of May 2014. This story first appeared in The Philippine Star on June 7, 2014. 3,199 more words


Gertrude Stein’s “Melanctha”

In a chapter of his book of prose poetry entitled The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran, a late 19th and early 20th century poet and philosopher, talks about how reason and passion influence one’s life. 500 more words

“. . . the time they are living is the composition of the time in which they are living. . .” (Gertrude Stein)

It’s the 16th day of my 71st year.

I have titled this blog “me senescence,” shorthand for “about me, growing old.”

A long time ago, I unsuccessfully decided I was going to figure out the writings of Gertrude Stein. 1,003 more words


"I write for myself and strangers. The strangers, dear readers, are an afterthought."

This quote is attributed to Gertrude Stein but I’m thinking that any number of successful authors would echo her sentiment. But, and it is a big but, kinda like Oprah’s when she’s not on her diet days, you want to know what the Penguin thinks about all of this. 1,206 more words

Personal Experience

{Book Attraction} Bricktop's Paris : African American Women in Paris between the Two World Wars by: T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting

Tells the fascinating story of African American women who traveled to France to seek freedom of expression.

During the Jazz Age, France became a place where an African American woman could realize personal freedom and creativity, in narrative or in performance, in clay or on canvas, in life and in love. 92 more words

Book Attraction

Book Review: dark deeds in a kitchen

Actually, “Dark deeds in a Kitchen” is not this book’s title. The book I’m writing about is Alice B. Toklas’ Cookbook. Chapter four is called “Murder in the kitchen” and starts with a description of Alice killing her first fish. 896 more words