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Botanical Art

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For plant lovers, observers, and students of art, the Arboretum and Cristina Baltayian present “Botanical Art” classes beginning in January and running through June. These classes will be exploring color pencil, graphite, pen and ink, and watercolor on various papers, vellum and other surfaces. The emphasis will be on plant observation, drawing, composition, color theory […]

Black & White Challenge

Black & White Challenge

Local artist Kate Carvellas issued an offer to a few artist friends: take the Black & White photo challenge. Happily, they have agreed to share the results with us…   Kat Carvellas: “While photography is outside the parameters of my normal artistic endeavors, I found this B&W challenge exciting and inspiring to be a part […]

Royal Tea Party

Royal Tea Party

Is your little girl into being a princess? Maybe she’d like to meet some real ones… Future kings, queens, princes, and princesses, come dressed in your finery for a very special visit from the 2015 Tournament of Roses Royal Court, who will share their favorite princess stories and recent Tournament experiences. Bring a camera, your […]

The Grand Duchess of Nowhere

The Grand Duchess of Nowhere

When a novel opens with a two-page diagram showing generations of the Romanov family tree, I admit to being daunted. Yet The Grand Duchess of Nowhere by Laurie Graham is not daunting at all. Told in the chatty, first-person voice of the Grand Duchess Victoria (Melita) Feodorovna, it’s brisk and lively. I quickly came to […]

Primal Scene

Primal Scene

The church my family attended in our medium-sized, Midwestern town held an annual mother/daughter banquet. Every woman was expected to volunteer. My mother was a teacher and breadwinner before the feminist movement gave her permission; it wasn’t like her to make a casserole or decorate the church basement. She was a writer and had studied […]

Michelle’s White Bean Basil Hummus

Michelle’s White Bean Basil Hummus

Ingredients: 15 oz can Garbanzo (chick peas), drained and rinsed 8 oz (½ can) white beans (navy, northern, any will do), drained and rinsed ¼ cup tahini paste ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (I squeezed one large lemon) 3-4 tbsp. olive oil, plus a little more for on top when finished, if you like 3-4 […]

The Skill of Self-Compassion

The Skill of Self-Compassion

How is it that we can rush to a friend’s side, be the shoulder to cry on, the sounding wall, the advice corner, the giver of unconditional love, compassion, and understanding, yet fail to do so for ourselves? We’re our harshest critic; we’ve all heard that. But what does this behavior produce? How many times […]

A Noise Within Christmas Carol

A Noise Within Christmas Carol

A Noise Within is at its best when it sticks to the written text, but the lavish and often absurd musical numbers of the current production of A Christmas Carol are engaging for both young and old audiences. The sets are intricate and beautiful, and the constant changes give a sense of movement. The costumes […]

Phoebe at Backstage

Phoebe at Backstage

We remember when she was hardly four feet tall, slinging the strap of an adult-size guitar over her head and taking the stage in the Sequoyah School courtyard. Phoebe Bridges began writing, singing, and strumming, and has never looked back…but always up. Phoebe has played at a myriad of local venues and last year her […]

Less Clutter More Life

Less Clutter More Life

If Barbara says get rid of it, get rid of it. For twenty years, Barbara Hemphill, founder of Productive Environment Institute, has been helping individuals, executives, and whole companies eliminate stacks of paper and piles of clutter. With the advancement of technology, she began aiming her focus at digital clutter. Now, Barbara has refined her […]

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