Entries by kbgressitt

October 10, 2017, Fallbrook Writers Read Presents

Danielle Mages Amato reading and discussing The Hidden Memory of Objects   Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose Date: Tuesday, October 10, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook San Diego-based debut author Danielle Mages Amato has created a fascinating mystery with a dash of the paranormal in her novel […]

From Esquire: The Falling Man

This might be difficult to read. Read it anyway. The Falling Man: an unforgettable story By Tom Junod Esquire, Sep 9, 2016 Do you remember this photograph? In the United States, people have taken pains to banish it from the record of September 11, 2001. The story behind it, though, and the search for the […]

From SPLC: President Trump’s DACA Statement, Annotated

From the Southern Poverty Law Center, September 6, 2017 The Trump administration announced that it will be rescinding the DACA program, which has protected 800,000 young adults from deportation. President Trump released a statement defending this heartless, inhumane decision. For accuracy and context, the SPLC has annotated the president’s statement below. “As President, my highest […]

Writing Craft and Critique—final workshops of 2017

Writers Read offers creative writing workshops in Fallbrook for beginning and seasoned writers, because writing is not for sissies—it’s for everyone!   Writing Craft and Critique—final two workshops of the year   Writing Craft and Critique is a five-week workshop that blends writing craft with read and critique. To accommodate demand, there will be two workshops, offered […]

President Barack Obama on DACA decision

Obama condemns Trump decision to end DACA—graciously, of course   Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules. But that’s not what the action that […]

Lamentations on the OED Word of the Day

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt   Dictionaries are comforting. Looking up a word that leads to another and another and another is a meandering, lovely path to escape—and escape is so desirable in these troubled times. It was in a more innocent time that I discovered the lexical pleasures: the day in elementary school, when a teacher […]

Book Review: ‘The Room of White Fire’ by T. Jefferson Parker

Reviewed by Kit-Bacon Gressitt   Best-selling novelist and Fallbrook, California resident T. Jefferson Parker had a great run with his six Charlie Hood Border Series thrillers. Now, with the release of The Room of White Fire (Putnam, August 22, 2017), Parker launches a new series with a new protagonist: San Diego private investigator Roland Ford. […]

Before Women’s Equality Day

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt   Reading 19th century documents about the women’s suffrage debate in the relative comfort of the 21st century is interesting and annoying. It’s annoying because of the lack of progress we’ve made toward women’s equality since such debates were first held in our fledgling Congress. And it’s even more annoying because the […]

First word that comes to mind when you think of Trump?

  Quinnipiac University, in Connecticut, conducted a national poll in May that gave Trump “a near-record negative 36 – 58 percent job approval rating. … Critical are big losses among white voters with no college degree, white men and independent voters.” But it is the responses to one particular question that make the poll unusually entertaining:   What […]

40 Strangers 50 Questions

From Brave New Films, a celebration of diversity   On Wednesday, May 24 at 6:30 PM, 40 strangers entered a small photography studio near downtown Los Angeles. On the floor, they found strips of white tape laid out in large boxes. In a few moments, a member of the Brave New Films production team would […]

Oh Brother

  By Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel b. 1918, d. 2007   Poet’s note: Poetry waits for no man, woman or bird in a tree, such as one outside my window now.   Let him talk, Lottie always says. Talk is cheap as long as he’s got breath, and so far, Deke has got plenty of that. […]

The Politics of Dishonor: Omarosa Manigault, the Congressional Black Caucus, and Trump Era Racism

  Omarosa Manigault, reality TV antagonist turned presidential advisor, is being castigated in social media for a protocol faux pas: In an invitation to the Congressional Black Caucus to a second meeting with Trump, she referred to herself as “The Honorable Omarosa Manigault.” “How dare she!?” was a common refrain. This error is something a decent […]

Mothers of the Mentally Ill

By Penny Perry   She clutches my hand. “I’m glad it’s me. Not you. I was worried you would lose your daughter.” I cry into her shoulder. My purse drops. Evening sun floods the church, haloes Barbara’s dark hair, turns Jesus on the cross the rose and gold of Limoges. She strokes her son’s cool […]