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Booktails: “Chouette”

Booktails: “Chouette”

Chouette by Claire Oshetsky “You're my fate and you're my dire necessity. You're my refuge when I'm lost, and losing you would kill me. Your flights and falls are dreamlike and perfect and I'm blessed to be the one to witness them.”  This novel was one of my many...

Michael Van Auken, Visual Storyteller

Michael Van Auken, Visual Storyteller

Michael Van Auken, Visual StorytellerThroughout his 40+ years as a photographer, Michael Van Auken has been connecting the regional visual environment with the lives of creative people. “It’s a combination of fine art and people-focused photography. My goal is to...

Picket Fences — May 2022

Picket Fences — May 2022

Picket Fences Previously in Picket Fences… Payton and Xavier have broken into Connie’s house and were in the process of downloading information from her computer when someone intruded on their endeavor, forcing them into hiding. Connie and Angela were poised to...

Land Art

Land Art

Land Art: A Healing Practice in Stressful Times If you spend time walking along the First Street waterfront, you may already have seen her artwork beside the sidewalk, next to a bench, or nestled under a bush. For Benicia resident Nicci Nunes, who enjoys walking at...

Picket Fences — April 2022

Picket Fences — April 2022

Picket Fences Previously in Picket Fences… Payton and Xavier have broken into Connie’s house looking for answers. Angela and Connie await the arrival of Martin Cray at the F.A.C.T. fundraiser so that they can close their deal. With the event in full swing and the art...

Poetry and Embarrassment

Poetry and Embarrassment

Poetry and Embarrassment: The Unlikely Partners in Growth and Self-Exploration  Over the past year, I’ve been contemplating the importance of poetry quite a bit, and what better time to share my thoughts than National Poetry Month! Let me start by saying I am in no...

Booktails: “Project Hail Mary”

Booktails: “Project Hail Mary”

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir “Human beings have a remarkable ability to accept the abnormal and make it normal.”  I wasn’t planning on choosing another science fiction novel so quickly after Persephone Station, but after reading Project Hail Mary, I couldn’t wait to...

Benicia Fire Museum Acquired

Benicia Fire Museum Acquired

Benicia Historical Museum acquires Benicia Fire Museum In recent months, Benicia Historical Museum has been working alongside the Benicia Volunteer Firemen, Inc. to acquire the Benicia Fire Museum collection. Museums don’t often acquire one another, and both...

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