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A Berkeley Girl Looks Back

Fifty years ago this month, the May Revolution began in Paris and spread throughout France. The population of France was just over 50 million, and 10 million workers went out on strike. Imagine if today, out of 327 million Americans, … Continue reading

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My Other Life – Explaining my Unexpected List of New Year’s Resolutions

It occurred to me after I received such a lovely response from my New Year’s Resolutions post, that many of my novel-and-blog readers might be confused! I wrote: “Lots of New Years Resolutions, beginning with attending the Women’s March, then … Continue reading

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How The Berkeley Girl series isn’t “chick lit” – stories for men, too?

I’m aware and concerned that very few men will want to read a book entitled “The Berkeley Girl.” And why should they? How can you, who are my female readers from three generations, place it into the hands of the … Continue reading

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Why I wrote The Berkeley Girl: Rendezvous in London – and other Stories of the ‘60s

Note to readers: If your Bay Area book club, service group or other organization is looking for a speaker and discussion, I’d be happy to present about my books, the late 1960s, current events or any other related topics of … Continue reading

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My Confessions from the Summer of Love

During the Summer of Love I was in Berkeley—not in San Francisco. Recently, listening to a PBS special on the Beatles’ masterpiece, “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” brought me back, as only music can do.*  The Beatles and their … Continue reading

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Perspective on yesterday’s Women’s March from 49 years ago

When Jay and I, with our friends Mary and Stu, joined 100,000 Bay Area protestors yesterday at Civic Center, I was struck by how similar the rally and Women’s March were to events I witnessed in Paris nearly 49 years … 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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