Ms. Manitoba

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About me

Industry Arts
Location Oakland, California, United States
Introduction I was born on the prairies of Manitoba, Canada, in 1949. A good year. A lot of great people were born in that year. For example: Meryl Streep, Fanny Ardant, Jamaica Kincaid, Bruno Kirby (RIP), Frank Rich, Bruce Springsteen, Gil Scott-Heron, Pam Grier, and Tom Waits ... oh, and let's not forget -- Elivira, Mistress of the Dark.
Interests Mainly ... expressing myself in various ways, Being an aware and lively parent, photography, writing poetry, talking about politics, acting on my politics, writing short essays or short autobiographical stories, woods & ocean ... okay okay - READING ON MY COUCH!
Favorite Movies Do the Right Thing, My Life as a Dog, Daughters of the Dust, Bleu (from the Trois couleurs trilogy), Les Amants du Pont-Neuf, Waking Life, Before Sunset, Shrek, Antonia's Line, Babette's Feast, In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai's), 25th Hour, Howard's End, Brideshead Revisited, Hannah and Her Sisters, Inside Man, The School of Flesh, Mostly Martha, Dancer in the Dark, Secrets and Lies, 400 Blows, Spirited Away, Wild Strawberries, Rushmore, School of Rock, Step into Liquid, Facing Windows, A Lot Like Love, Bringing Up Baby, The Lives of Others, The Valley of Elah ... oh my ... I could go on and on. CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS: Il y a longtemps que je t'aime (I have loved you so long)
Favorite Music Cassandra Wilson, Barachois, Prince, Laura Nyro, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, The Beatles, Dixie Chicks, Rickie Lee Jones, Lila Downs, The Pretenders, Paula West, Rufus Wainwright ... again, I could go on and on.
Favorite Books Rice (Nikky Finney), The World is Round, Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, Housekeeping (Marilynne Robinson), Chasing Redbird, Caramelo, The House on Mango Street, Generations: a Memoir, Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems, Gold Cell, The Polysyllabic Spree, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Jayber Crow, The Healing (Gayl Jones), Lolita, The Solace of Leaving Early, The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, On Beauty, Grace Notes, Water for Elephants, The Shock Doctrine, Crusader's Cross, Nickel and Dimed, Midnight's Children. CURRENT RECOMMENDATION: Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott (plus Rosie and Crooked Little Heart)