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A Western Review: BLACKTHORN

Blackthorn is a small treasure of a movie, sadly underseen. It’s a 2011 English-language film from Spanish director Mateo Gil and writer Miguel Barros. It stars the great Sam Shepard as an aging Butch Cassidy. The film is based on the well-known historical trio of Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, and Etta Place. They travelled,…

Out My Backdoor

Help us to be the always helpful Gardeners of the spirit Who know that without darkness Nothing comes to birth As without light Nothing flowers… May Sarton . Let us never take for granted the spirit of this wonderland in which we live.  We are the caretakers of this lovely valley, we are the gardeners…

"Pandemic Fear" collage by Joseph Birkett

Pandemiphobia

When the Hungarian author, Frigyes Karinthy, wrote Everything is Different, a short story about life in a shrinking world, he introduced the concept of six degrees of separation and captured the imagination of many. It could even be said that his literary theory was the forerunner of such phenomenons as Twitter, Facebook, Linked-In and chat…

Requiem for a War

It’s been ten years since the little anti-war protest in Tubac took place.  Ten percent of the village showed up to take a stand against the looming war in Iraq.  Four distinguished local veterans carried the American flag to lead the parade, and the rest of us came up behind prepared to speak about why…