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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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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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What I did on my summer vacation (in October)

In October, Jay and I set out on a long-planned New England vacation, which turned out to be a delightful adventure. We flew east, rented a car, and drove through the countryside of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and upstate … 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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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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