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‘Menagerie’ brings a new twist to the healing arts

The arts are many things. Creative outlets, certainly. Expressions of the individual within. They can make us cry. And laugh. With the world as crazy as it is, it is especially important to find good things to lift the spirit. A genuine smile is a balm for the soul faced with daily worries. The Gallery […]

Comments Off on ‘Menagerie’ brings a new twist to the healing arts / April 05, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony grows with Rejuvenation

Backstories fascinate me. They can open up an unexpected world for any art piece. For example, in the movie “The Agony and the Ecstasy,” actors Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison had a quiet competition during the filming. Harrison, a tall man at 6 foot, 1 inch, put lifts in his shoes to bring himself up to Heston’s […]

Comments Off on Folsom Symphony grows with Rejuvenation / March 22, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Third annual LUNAFEST film festival to benefit community

One of the great things about America is that when we want to bring awareness to an issue (or issues), we take can use the medium of film. The Soroptimist Club of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills, which focuses its efforts on improving the lives of women and girls in our local community and throughout the […]

Comments Off on Third annual LUNAFEST film festival to benefit community / February 24, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Spring into action with these Amador County activities

There are always things to do in and around our community, but once the weather starts warming our soil … activities seem to take off as fast as a gardener’s weeding schedule. If you’ve never driven through the Shenandoah Valley in Amador County in the spring sunshine, you haven’t experienced God’s Country yet. This place […]

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Crocker’s Parisian art show is excellent, but poorly named

Words mean things. And sometimes, one should be able to judge a book by its cover. Such is the case with the Crocker Art Museum’s most recent exhibit: “Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910.” From that title, one expects to see a show with many, many works by the title artist. Maybe a few […]

Comments Off on Crocker’s Parisian art show is excellent, but poorly named / February 15, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Quilt Show to mark 30 years of excellence

It takes talent and a lot of effort to put on a quilt show. It takes even more to produce a show that draws visitors from all over the western United States. Now, keep that up for three decades … and you have the remarkable members of the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild. On the […]

Comments Off on Folsom Quilt Show to mark 30 years of excellence / January 25, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony is a ‘Tale of Love’ for all ages

Classical music is for every age. It stirs the passions of the young. It revives the memories of the old. And it’s certainly not boring. Some 15 years ago, I attempted to get this concept across to my third-grade daughter. For her very first concert, I took her to a matinee at the San Francisco […]

Comments Off on Folsom Symphony is a ‘Tale of Love’ for all ages / January 18, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »