Lesson From the Dog

I understood the phrase “pulling for home,” but – despite growing up with horses – hadn’t got it until just recently. “Pulling for home” is a phrase that turns up in poetry and stories set…

Amazon’s $5 off $20 book deal

Amazon extended its Cyber Monday book promotion for nearly a week, and I have many books on my Amazon wishlist. So it should have been easy. But, I spent most of the week dithering, overwhelmed…

Julius Caesar at The Old Globe

I took the family to see Julius Caesar at The Old Globe. The show was part of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, so the performers were MFA candidates….

Macbeth at Coronado Playhouse

I took the family to see Macbeth at Coronado Playhouse, a wonderful community theatre on the water. Coronado Playhouse puts on one free classic show every year, usually Shakespeare since it’s in the public domain,…

The King (and Time) and I

We saw The King and I last night at the San Diego Civic Theatre. It was a great show, evocatively staged and powerfully performed. But I also found it uncomfortably dated. The “Buddhist prayer” routines…

Bargain Shakespeare From eBay

A couple weeks ago, eBay offered a rare site-wide 20% off coupon. So, I shopped for Shakespeare. I was hoping for a Norton Third Edition in four volumes, but instead filled my cart with used…

History vs. History Plays

How many people, I wonder, become interested in history through history plays, films, novels, or TV shows? My older son, who was an avid Hamilton fan years before the show came to town, credits his…