Aileen Torres-Bennett Pacific Harbour Fiji
essay

A Brief Guide to Home Workouts

For me, fitness is a lifelong journey. I started incorporating exercise into my lifestyle when I was 15, and it's been a continual process of learning--understanding, intensifying, refining and branching out. I was not a kid who took immediately to exercise. What?! I have to put in effort to get a return? That was my… Continue reading A Brief Guide to Home Workouts

John Prine by Aileen Torres-Bennett
Art, essay, Music

Ode to Music Legend John Prine, R.I.P.

John Prine is dead. He died on April 7, due to complications from COVID-19. He was 73. This is an incredible loss for the music world and all those who look to his songs for comfort, consolation and wisdom, as well as an artistic ideal. He was a musical and lyrical genius, and his influence… Continue reading Ode to Music Legend John Prine, R.I.P.

Galileos Dream Kim Stanley Robinson
Books, essay

Read: “Galileo’s Dream” by Kim Stanley Robinson

I was introduced to the novelist Kim Stanley Robinson by hubby, who has Robinson's most famous work, the Mars trilogy, in our library. When we were in San Francisco this past New Year's, there was an independent bookstore in the plaza across the street from our hotel in Japantown, where hubby picked up a copy… Continue reading Read: “Galileo’s Dream” by Kim Stanley Robinson

Bob Weir STFU
essay, Music

Bob Weir Wants You to STFU at Concerts

I had a good/bad start to 2020. The setting: a Dead and Company concert on New Year's Eve at the Chase Center in San Francisco, the new home arena of the Golden State Warriors. The band would go on to play an epic three-set show, opening with Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour" and closing… Continue reading Bob Weir Wants You to STFU at Concerts

Guthrie the Dog_Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett
Art, dogs, essay

Guthrie the Dog

I've always wanted a dog. I didn't have one growing up because my parents didn't like the idea. Too much mess and more responsibility, they probably thought. I'd been prepping for the last few years by watching Cesar Millan, a.k.a. the Dog Whisperer. I discovered his TV show while we were living in Vancouver, and… Continue reading Guthrie the Dog