Alcott on Gerwig’s Little Women Alcott on Gerwig’s Little Women The author of Miss Alcott’s Email wonders what Louisa May would make of the new Oscar-nominated film adaption of her most beloved book. By Kit Bakke Director and screenwriter Greta Gerwig lets her audience know right away that her adaption of Little Women will be…

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Been traveling. South America is pretty much a mystery to me. We’ve traveled very little here, don’t speak Spanish, and are woefully ignorant about its land or its people. Although we have been to Machu Picchu and the surrounding Sacred Valley—all amazing, but another story—that’s just a tiny slice of our southern neighbors’ continent. Peter…

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One of the interesting aspects of traveling outside the US is to look at our country from a distance, through others’ eyes. Here is a thought-provoking example from London written by Terry Eagleton in his review of two books, The Madness of Crowds and The Problem of Everything.  “Because the US is a deeply parochial society, not much…

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What do you think of when you think of Germany? We spent several weeks there in October—so Octoberfest tends to come to mind. We did see lots of beer, but no fests. In fact, some cities have their Octoberfests in September. Other connections we Americans might make about Germany is to cars (German engineering, etc.)…

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My mother had one brother, Philip. Earlier this year, I traveled kitty-corner across the country to sit in a hard plastic folding chair on a jetty at Cape Canaveral Florida staring 14 miles north toward the Kennedy Space Center’s launch pad 39A for five and a half hours. Why? Because a tiny capsule containing a…

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Just back from a couple weeks in Alaska, partly by land and partly by sea, traveling with good friends. A first time for all of us, and not really high on our lists of places to visit. But why not, we thought; let’s go see. We started with a flight from Seattle to Fairbanks and…

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In Protest on Trial I use the words “protest,” “dissent” and “activism” mostly interchangeably. “Resistance” is another word you frequently see in the context of people voicing concern or opposition to the status quo as orchestrated by governments, religions or corporations. One of the good things about the variety of wording is that it allows for a…

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Want to read a chapter of Protest on Trial? The Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine for this weekend, May 5-6 excerpts a chapter of the book, and includes additional material from Kit. The photos are terrific! it’s great online, but the hard copy is even better. Seattle Times on Protest on Trial

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While Protest on Trial: the Seattle 7 Conspiracy, my latest book, is getting most of the publicity this spring, it’s not the only one out there. Dancing on the Edge, my Young Adult book about grieving, discovery, real and imaginary friends, traveling in England and 12 year old Dot’s irritating aunt has been reprinted by Chatwin Press…

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