A woman in a sparkly blue Santa hat mumbled unintelligibly as the 17 family members unloaded their boxes of food. She wore jeans and stained gray sneakers, clutching a cigarette in her right hand. The squalor on this block of Mission Street formed a stark contrast to the Warriors Family’s holiday cheer. … [Read more...] about Warriors for the win: Salvation Army volunteers feed SF’s homebound on Christmas
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For most of 2018, it was conventional wisdom among Russia experts to say, knowingly, that Moscow was disappointed and more than a bit perplexed by Donald Trump. Russia wants acceptance of its annexation of Crimea and recognition of its security primacy over Ukraine and Russia’s western border region, but it hasn’t gotten any of that. Russia would also like to see an end to economic sanctions imposed over Ukraine; however, thanks to the U.S. Congress, it’s now subject to more sanctions. More broadly, Russia seeks recognition — in Syria, in Europe, and globally — of its status as a top-tier power alongside Washington and Beijing. Instead, Putin is endlessly linked to Trump’s clownish behavior on the world stage and disdain for democracy, while China’s President Xi gets to pose as the defender of norms and international cooperation. … [Read more...] about Trump Ended 2018 by Rewarding Putin for Another Year of Bad Behavior
The product smells like the boudoir of an elderly socialite, which is to say, rose and lavender. Multicolored gemstones rest at the bottom of the spritzer. Those were the source of a mysterious rattling sound that came from my purse for three weeks, sparking not joy but more the assumption that I might have developed tinnitus. … [Read more...] about I Tried Marie Kondo’s $98 Water Bottle. It Did Not Spark Joy.
“Benjamin: Lessons In Love & Violence” – George Benjamin, Conductor; Stéphane Degout, Barbara Hannigan, Peter Hoare & Gyula Orendt; James Whitbourn, Producer (Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House) “Berg: Wozzeck” – Marc Albrecht, Conductor; Christopher Maltman & Eva-Maria Westbroek; François Roussillon, Producer (Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; Chorus Of Dutch National Opera) “Charpentier: Les Arts Florissants; Les Plaisirs De Versailles” – Paul O’dette & Stephen Stubbs, Conductors; Jesse Blumberg, Teresa Wakim & Virginia Warnken; Renate Wolter-Seevers, Producer (Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble) “Picker: Fantastic Mr. Fox” – Gil Rose, Conductor; John Brancy, Andrew Craig Brown, Gabriel Preisser, Krista River & Edwin Vega; Gil Rose, Producer (Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Boston Children’s Chorus) … [Read more...] about GRAMMY Awards: List Of All 2020 Nominations
By 2 p.m. the land has become desert. It’s so hot that I stop off in a desolate place called Ozona, where the only sign of life is a gas station. I pump some gas and go inside to pay. It’s wonderfully cool and I spend a while perusing the impressive jerky selection: beef jerky, BBQ jerky, green lime jerky, cowboy-style jerky and, my favorite, teriyaki jerky. At the cash desk, a man with glossy black hair is being short with one of the snowbirds, as they term the old people who drive west for the winter. It’s quite unusual to hear rudeness in Texas. When it’s my turn, the man narrows his eyes and asks me if I’m on my own. When I was hitch-hiking around France one summer in my early twenties, I would reply “Je suis mariée” to the truck drivers who picked me up and invariably asked me this same question. But now I’m nearly fifty, so I tell the man that yes, I am alone. Whereupon, without any trace of humor he says, “When you drive … [Read more...] about My Road Trip in Search of America’s Best Orgasm