It’s easy to feel extra dazed, excited, and overwhelmed during the holiday season. Whether you’re alone, or with family or friends, keep your creative spirit bright!
Patsy Ledbetter also writes from a personal standpoint, but with a different writing style. She shares two stories this month: A Unique Name and An October Weekend. Additional stories come from Sam Burks and Laura O’Brien.
As always, we are also pleased to feature Leena Prasad’s ongoing monthly column: Whose Brain Is It? Presented as a mystery with fictional characters and clues, this is a monthly column with a journalist’s perspective on brain research.
We have many reviews this month. This is a great time of the year to put a new book on your wish list or catch a show at your local theater.
- Christopher Bernard on Masters of Venice at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, California
- Cara Diehl on Jerusalem Maiden, by Talia Carner
- Sarah Melton on Portrait of a Girl and Her Art, by Elena Caravela
- Nick Paxton on The Four Generations: Why You Do The Things You Do, by Ayokunle Adeleye
- Bruce Roberts on Johnny Mathis’ Christmas show at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, California
- Martin Rushmere on Marin Theatre Company’s Production of The Glass Menagerie
- Christopher Bernard on Cutting Ball Theater’s Production of Pelleas and Melisande
- Christopher Bernard on Opera San Jose’s Production of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci
Lastly, be sure to check out Rea Rivera’s article on World Traveler and Author, Francis Tapon. Tapon has an intriguing story of how he evolved from being an academic achiever and successful businessman to becoming a cultural risk-taker.
We wish everyone a wonderful holiday season full of warmth and celebration! For those of you who do buy gifts, we encourage you to support your local charities, used book stores, and artists at holiday craft fairs. Happy holidays!
– Synch Chaos Staff