As Gray as the Weather in Forks: The Twilight Saga and Colonialism

Stephanie Meyer’s four book and five film franchise, The Twilight Saga, has been beloved by young teens and middle-aged women alike. The story follows the love affair of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan with one twist: Edward is one of seven vampires who live as a family in Forks, Washington, passing as human because he … Continue reading As Gray as the Weather in Forks: The Twilight Saga and Colonialism

Crimes and Misdemeanors: Thoughts on Woody Allen

In the best English class I ever took my teacher told her students that Mia Farrow hates my high school because of one student’s reaction to the Woody Allen and Soon-Yi scandal. While the story is an entertaining one, I would not do it justice here. It really requires a dramatic reenactment. It is worth … Continue reading Crimes and Misdemeanors: Thoughts on Woody Allen

Portrait of a Mother: Litchfield County’s Martha Stewart(s)

I was nine and a half years old when my father turned thirty-nine. My mother threw him a surprise party in the back room of a local Italian restaurant. She sent out gorgeous invitations, which she had framed, and bought him a baseball shirt that had ALMOST 40 embroidered on the back. I catalogued that … Continue reading Portrait of a Mother: Litchfield County’s Martha Stewart(s)