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Picket Fences — October 2023

Picket Fences — October 2023

Picket Fences As a new day dawns on the waves of the Carquinez Strait, it’s a beautiful Saturday morning. Some residents start their weekend morning routine while others begin theirs with hopes of a fresh start. In the kitchen, Payton meets his mother, Angela. "Good...

DaGroup: Benicia Plein Air Painters

DaGroup: Benicia Plein Air Painters

DaGroup en plein air On the occasion of his 90th birthday, a dozen friends descended upon Jerrold Turner's home in Benicia with food, drink, cake, and humorous gifts. Not surprisingly, most of the circle of attendees were past or present members of DaGroup, plein air...

Booktails: “The Book of Goose”

Booktails: “The Book of Goose”

The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li “Sometimes you hear people say so-and-so has lived well, and so-and-so has had a dull life. They are missing a key point when they say that. Any experience is experience, any life a life. A day in a cloister can be as dramatic and fatal...

Picket Fences — September 2023

Picket Fences — September 2023

Picket Fences The two women stare at each other with intensity until Sara breaks the tense silence. "I should have known it was you when a house appeared in my name. You have a lot of nerve coming here. We agreed after Chicago that we would never see each other...

Booktails: “The Bookseller’s Notebooks”

Booktails: “The Bookseller’s Notebooks”

The Bookseller’s Notebooks - By Jalal Barjas, Paul G. Starkey (Translator) “There are stages in life that have to end for us to preserve the bright side of the picture—and that depends on the memory of joy to fight the sorrow we have been given.” Some might recall how...

“Hamlet” in Benicia

“Hamlet” in Benicia

Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park presents: Hamlet in Benicia To be, or not to be. That is the question…but one thing’s for sure. You won’t want to miss this upcoming performance from Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park!  Established in 2010 by Vallejo resident Dalia Vidor,...

Picket Fences — August 2023

Picket Fences — August 2023

Picket Fences As another day dawns on the beautiful waters of Benicia and the residents start out on their routines, one resident is embarking on something that will change her routine forever.  Madalyn pulls up to Trisha Darling’s house and it doesn’t disappoint,...

Booktails: “Just Haven’t Met You Yet”

Booktails: “Just Haven’t Met You Yet”

"Just Haven't Met You Yet" by Sophie Cousens “Maybe life’s more about carving out happy chapters than finding a single happy ending.” You didn’t think I’d let summer pass us by without choosing a sappy, romantic comedy as the Booktails pick, did you? Although it’s not...

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