Corinna's Blog

and random musings
OCTOBER 5, 2014 12:06PM

Cooking with Chefs- Week 1

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Suppose you go to a fancy restaurant and order a French dish like Stuffed Chicken Breast Velouté. It comes out hot and steaming, savory vapors rising from the plump breast, pooled with a velvety smooth sauce and stuffed with sticks of carrot and celery of exactly the same… Read full post »

White Chocolate Cloud Foam- with berries 

  For those curious about new directions in the culinary world, this past weekend offered views that would titillate anybody’s taste buds. Over the course of four days, The New York City Wine and Food Festival opened doors all over town for cooking, consuming… Read full post »

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Preserving the health of Mother Earth may be the most pressing issue of our time, for if the earth is not fit for habitation, there will be no human issues left to solve.

In his enlightening new film, Pandora’s Promise, writer/director Robert Stone turns a thoughtful and intellig/Read full post »

MARCH 11, 2013 7:35PM

Appetizing Abraço

 abraco1  Finding Abraço, a little gem of a café in New York’s east village, can be as elusive as Harry Potter locating the Hogwarts Express on Platform 9¾. But once found, the slim storefront on East 7th Street off 1st Avenue holds some equally enchanting en… Read full post »
JANUARY 24, 2012 2:38PM

Waiting for Monroe

A Theatrical Monologue

JENNIFER, a young woman of 25, stands on a street, next to a park bench.

My boyfriend Tyler is meeting me. Tyler Monroe. He’ll be here any minute. You can’t miss him— he’s the really good-looking guy. Tall, with long brown hair, big wide shoulders - sigRead full post »

 Most songs sing stories about love, so doesn’t it make sense that a love story might sing songs? Such is the happy coupling in Double Time, although its evolution as a novel set to music was not as deliberate as the question sounds. It actually came about backwards- first it developed,/Read full post »

 A love story, set to music.

If your friends and family told the story of your life, how many different versions would there be? Dani Jackson’s shifting landscape is narrated by eight different voices, each with their own view of unfolding events.

Double Time, by Corinna Clendenen

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 The Descendants: Laughter is the Best Revenge

George Clooney as Matt King in The Descendants

     The Descendants opens with sunny shots of the mammoth mountains of Hawaii. What could better symbolize serenity, strength and stability? Except of course when they erupt, spewing flames and lava in a wanton tanRead full post »


Reviews of Catfish, The Town, Restrepo, now out on DVD/digital download


Restrepo - our boys in Afghanistan

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For anybody wondering just what the US military involvement in Afghanistan entails, Sebastian Junger’s film Restrepo provides an up close and personal glimpse. Accompanying an army platoon deployed in the t… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2010 4:55PM

November Haiku


Final blaze of autumn
Golden grasses rise in burnished splendor
Before the coming storm.

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OCTOBER 24, 2010 1:41PM

Sunday Haiku

Harvest pumkins sit
Ripe and ready, like stories,
Waiting for release.

Sunday Haiku

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JANUARY 24, 2010 5:53PM

Indigestion in Telluride, Colorado

 

Besides the skiing, one of the reasons I like to come to the old mining town of Telluride is for its free spirit that values outdoor adventure, new music and non-commercial culture. However, a recent foray out for dinner brought me face to face with creeping materialism in the shape… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 26, 2009 2:28PM

A New England Thanksgiving

It's Thanksgiving, 1999, in this chapter from my novel, Double Time, which features (among other things) an indie musician named Dylan and his twin, Dani, who is pregnant here.

I know you're still there because you're scared
that you'll lose everybody
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NOVEMBER 12, 2009 11:47AM

Gigi- Virtual Femme Fatale

16239_203741611756_736906756_3950581_53748_n Gigi, famed French chanteuse from the 1960’s who followed in the footsteps of Edith Piaf and crossed paths with the Beatles, beloved on the stage and bewitching the airwaves, spun onto vinyl and splashed across the tabloids— surely her name rings a bell? 

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Main Street, Telluride, Colorado

   If I had a choice of how I would get to meet Ryan Stasik of Umphrey’s McGee, it probably wouldn’t be with my hair bobby-pinned back, wearing an apron, wielding a spatula in one hand and a potholder in the other. But thems the breaks as a volunteer in… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
SEPTEMBER 11, 2009 8:10AM

Remembering 9/11: Ground Zero, Two Weeks Past

Remembering 9/11:

Why Visit Ground Zero?
September 26, 2001

      Since the attack of September 11, I've been drawn to lower Manhattan to see the devastation with my own eyes. When I told several people I was going, they asked why. So I think about that question on the train as… Read full post »

JULY 13, 2009 10:15AM

An Italian Lesson


“Dimi,” says my Florentine hairdresser. To me, a stranger in the city and thousands of miles from home, this foreign phrase is as welcome as a slice of apple pie.

From my Italian teacher I learn that "Dimi" means "tell me".  It’s a contraction of the Italian verb dire, to tell,

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MARCH 11, 2009 6:06PM

The Genie of Baghdad: a Modern Fable

   Once upon a time in a fair kingdom there was a blight upon the land. The sick and injured languished for lack of health insurance, education faltered because it was too expensive, and oldie folks quaked in their slippers for fear of outliving their savings.  

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OCTOBER 2, 2008 7:40AM

Across The Great Divide

Across The Great Divide

The United States… or are they? A current sampling of views from around the country offers a range of perspectives as broad and pointed as the Rockies: shotgun sales and animal rights, condoms from school nurses and purity balls, marijuana rallies and rapture supplies&mRead full post »