Archive for April, 2016

Avocado Deviled Eggs

Posted by melissa kandel on April 29, 2016 in food, Recipes | No Comments

I’ve found there are several distinct signs of happiness: spontaneous smiling, a sudden and unexplained tolerance for L.A. traffic, and an empty fridge because to be honest, you’re way too happy to bother filling it. Cue a truly happy Melissa several weeks ago when a friend of mine sends me this text at 6 o’clock on a Thursday: “Wine and […]

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National Poetry Month: A Celebration in Words and Stories

Posted by melissa kandel on April 28, 2016 in Fiction, In the News, National Holiday | No Comments

Long ago one April afternoon, in a library far, far away, a quiet bibliophile, nose between a Longfellow and a Wordsworth, looked up from her thick, dusty book of poems and declared, “We shall henceforth call this month, ‘National Poetry Month.’” And so it was. OK, not really. But that’s how I like to imagine it […]

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Letter to the Editor

Posted by melissa kandel on April 27, 2016 in Fiction | No Comments

HEREAFTER the subject of women’s underwear will not be treated in the letter-press of THE LADIES’ HOME JOURNAL. The editors have reached this conclusion for the following reasons: First, the changes in this part of a woman’s wardrobe are not either sufficient or material enough to justify extended chronicle. Second, the practical art of making […]

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Sunday Playlist: Slow and Easy

Posted by melissa kandel on April 24, 2016 in music | No Comments

I like my Sunday easy and slow. I’m talking hot cup of coffee, stay-in-bed-until-noon kind of slow. So, if you’re reading this from the comforts of your comforter, I thought I’d take the liberty of curating a playlist to keep you in that easy Sunday mood:

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Shakespeare: 400 Years Gone, Still Cooler Than Us All

Posted by melissa kandel on April 23, 2016 in art, Fiction, On Writing | No Comments

Hop onto the Google homepage today and you’ll notice it’s looking distinctly … Shakespearean. The artwork commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, “writer, playwright, and one of the most eloquent voices of all time,” wrote Google. Yes, it’s true: Shakespeare and his words were the shining paradigm of English eloquence but did you know he […]

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An Earth Day Reason

Posted by melissa kandel on April 22, 2016 in Fiction, Photography | No Comments

“To tell you the truth, I don’t know,” said Henry. “You don’t?” Asked the stranger sitting next to him, a burly man with wide earlobes and no hair. “I don’t know,” Henry said again. “How can it be that you’ve traveled the entire world looking for something and you don’t know what that something is?” […]

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Cali Vibes + Ocean Tides

Posted by melissa kandel on April 20, 2016 in music, Newport Beach, Photography | 5 Comments

In honor of the upcoming Earth Day celebrations, I wanted to take a moment to digitally toast my own little slice of Earth right here in Southern California. As Instagram proves, my homage is a whole lot of azure skies, vintage cars, honeydew sunsets and endless surf:

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Pulitzer Prize 2016: Ohman, He’s Good

Posted by melissa kandel on April 19, 2016 in art, On Writing, Photography | No Comments

Yesterday, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners were revealed with due fanfare and a trivia night-worthy reference to the fact that prize recipients used to get notified via telegram. (You can watch the video announcement posted to the Pulitzer Prize Facebook page here.) Pulitzer Prizes are always special but this year especially so, as 2016 marks exactly one century since […]

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Brews with Views: The 2016 Newport Beach Beerfest

I hate to be the one to say this but Shakespeare had it wrong: To beer or not to beer—that is the real question. The answer? Let’s have the 2016 Newport Beach Beerfest respond, because it’s happening at Newport Dunes this Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Newport Beach Beerfest, an O.C. tradition that brings quality brews beachside each year, will feature more than 150 breweries—many […]

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Guns N’ Roses and Other Rosy News

Posted by melissa kandel on April 18, 2016 in entertainment, In the News, music, Sports | No Comments

Monday isn’t for the birds … it’s for the roses. Much seems to converge around the red flower today, from breaking music news to preparations for an upcoming holiday when the fruits of nature’s labor are celebrated worldwide. Here’s the rosy round-up:

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