Author Archives: elisefrancesmiller

Granny’s Baby Grand – From the Winter of My Discontent to the Joy of the Winter Concert

The highlight of our recent trip to Seattle was our granddaughter Rina’s “Winter Concert.” She played a melodic classical piece called “First Flight” by Lisa Moore, and she played it with feeling and to perfection. In my day, this would … Continue reading

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Music Stirs Public Movements and Special Private Moments

Does music play the same role as the visual arts or literature in inspiring social or political action? Listen to “Do You Hear The People Sing” from Les Miserables [press “Skip Ad”!]. We can barely hear the lyrics, but as … Continue reading

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The Radical View – How Art’s Possibilities Changed America (reprise)

[Note: The following is excerpted and updated from my Nov. 2012 blog of the same title–one followed by more readers than any other that year. Please read on to find out why I was inspired to repeat this subject by … Continue reading

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Art History for Skeptics

This blog is dedicated to skeptics. In the preceding blog, I offered specific examples of art which might change minds and inspire action. But what about abstract art, like Picasso’s, or non-objective art, like the constructions of Frank Stella (1936- … Continue reading

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Art can change minds, inspire action

During a discussion at the World Fellowship Center, the family camp devoted to social justice, environment, and peace which I attended last month, I heard one decades-long camper complain that she felt the program had become “lightweight.” “We used to … Continue reading

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How Summer Camp and Social Justice Have Changed!

When my daughter Amy suggested a “socialist summer camp” in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for our getaway together, my heart began to race. Would they pontificate around the campfire? Would they be advocating world revolution over the Mac … Continue reading

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Transitions

Welcome to my new combined website and blog! For years these two have lived at two separate addresses, and the two dwellings felt disconcertingly like the workplace and “home.” Now the two are one, the url/address is one, and I … Continue reading

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Summer 2016 News about my Berkeley to Paris 1968 Novel

Dear Friends, Please take a look at this book cover. Many of you have already read it, and some of you have even written reviews on Amazon. I am writing to tell you some exciting news – and also to … Continue reading

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Lessons and Friendships Enable My Writing Life

In a recent and rare Facebook post, I told my friends that this summer has been a “watershed in my writing life.” I decided to elaborate. This is about my Bay Area literary associations – along with plugging away at … Continue reading

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Free speech in France – today and yesterday

A VIDEO OF THE PICTURES AND WORDS OF PETER TURNLEY: http://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/01/12/cnni-holmes-intv-turnley-images-of-paris.cnn-peter-turnley Please watch this amazing (and quick) video! There is not much more that I can add to the emotional video recording by photographer Peter Turnley, whose images of Paris … Continue reading

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