Work-In-Progress, Denver Chalk Art Festival via Instagram

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Work-In-Progress, Denver Chalk Art Festival

Work-In-Progress, Denver Chalk Art Festival via Instagram

We took a moment to do some sightseeing while in Denver for @denverpopculturecon and just happened to be in time for their annual Chalk Art Festival.

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Sculpture of Vittorio Emanuelle II during battle for Italian Reunification via Instagram

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 Sculpture of Vittorio Emanuelle II during battle for Italian Reunification

Sculpture of Vittorio Emanuelle II during battle for Italian Reunification via Instagram

On our trip to Milan for the 2019 SRN Conference we had the time to visit the Museum of the Risorgimento so I could do some research on the Italian perspective of Giuseppe Garibaldi, the topic of my second Mentoris novel. It really helped me see him from several sides – and artwork like this highlighted the place he holds in world civilization. 

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More people at our table than usual via Instagram

More people at our table than usual via Instagram

More people at our table than usual

These days it is usually just Rosanne and me at the dining room table or occasionally 2 friends for dinner. Back in December, though, we hosted 6 members of our Sicilian family and the dining room was almost standing room only. 

This was their first day in town, so we greeted them with the quintessential LA meal of In-n-Out. 😀

Every other meal at home, though, looked more like our Italian meals when visiting them. They might have experienced the US and LA when we went out, but evenings cocooned them in a sense of normal home life. 

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Quotes from When Women Wrote Hollywood – 21 in a series – The Intimately Unknowable Dorothy Parker

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“Dorothy Rothschild, however, was not long concerned with embodying society’s ideal for young ladies. Her transformation into Dorothy Parker likely began with her admittance to Miss Dana’s highly exclusive school for girls – both “a finishing school and a college-preparatory one, quite progressive for its time”

The Intimately Unknowable Dorothy Parker
A Study of her Life and Art
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Review: When Women Wrote Hollywood via Offscreen

Another wonderful and well-detailed review of When Women Wrote Hollywood came out today, written by film historian Elaine Lennon and appearing in Offscreen, the longest running monthly online film journal.

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Review: When Women Wrote Hollywood
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This new collection of 24 essays on women screenwriters offers fascinating insights into early Hollywood and beyond. Editor Rosanne Welch (herself a screenwriter) set her Stephens College MFA History of Screenwriting students a task: to outline the achievements of those screenwriters who have been systematically erased from the majority of film studies. The foreword by film historian Cari Beauchamp sets the tone in the first sentence, reminding us that “almost half of all films made before 1925 were written by women” (1). This volume is a sparky assemblage which not only acts as a corrective to conventional screenwriting historiography, it highlights careers which were multi-faceted, wide-ranging and virtually Renaissance in their scope.

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Dalek Invasion at WhoCon, San Diego via Instagram

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Are those #unicorns I see entering Noah’s Ark!? via Instagram

Are those #unicorns I see entering Noah’s Ark!? via Instagram

Are those #unicorns I see entering Noah’s Ark!?

Painting Detail, Noah’s Ark Series, Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore 

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A Milano Street Scene in Black and White via Instagram

A Milano Street Scene in Black and White via Instagram

A Milano Street Scene in Black and White

Strolling along the tree-lined boulevards of Milano on the way to the Brera District. 

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan at Night via Instagram

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan at Night via Instagram

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan at Night

The world’s first shopping mall.😀 An amazing place I visited on a number of occasions during this trip. Also home to an amazing Leonardo exhibit.

This is adjacent to the Piazza del Duomo and was filled with people and music each evening. A perfect place for passeggiata, and Italian evening stroll. 

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On Benjamin Franklin…

While spending my Saturday approving the copyedits in the Technical Innovation in American History 3 volume encyclopedia Peg and I completed this year, I came upon the entry for Almanacs and was reminded of these smart bits of advice from none other than Benjamin Franklin.

Isn’t it funny how he becomes such an icon of history – and such a character (he even appeared in an episode of Bewitched!) that we forget he was a man – and a writer – and a rebel (why does ‘writer’ and ‘rebel’ often go hand in hand?).

Remember he said it first:

“There are no gains without pains.”
“One today is worth two tomorrows.”
“Have you something to do tomorrow? Do it today.”