Author Archives: Cheri

About Cheri

Writer, artist, cable television host, grandmother to four!

The Bayeux Tapestry and the Channel Crossing

Originally posted on Notes from Around the Block:
by cheri block sabraw In the dark winter of 2010, I listened to an engaging lecture on the Bayeux Tapestry given by Dr. Linda Paulson of Stanford University. On the screen behind…

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Edna Mode

by Cheri E. Mode My new, young dental hygienist told my brother, the dentist, that I scared her. I was, well, shocked beyond shocked. OMG. A kind, funny, focused person like me–petite, interested, interesting, conversant, curious, and focused (did I … Continue reading

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A simpler life

by cheri sabraw Ordering a cup of coffee and a latte in Montana is an intimate experience. Driving off the highway and taking a conference call can be intimate as well. Old cottonwood trees stand like sentries on deserted rural … Continue reading

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The Disappointment Gene

  by cheri sabraw I’ve written about certain genetic mutations in my family which have manifest themselves in dramatic behavior rather than in physical maladies. You may remember that my Grandmother Rosalie (1900-1992 A.D.) passed down FFN Syndrome to me. … Continue reading

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Last night on the front porch…

  by cheri After an almost life-ending battle with bloat in May, our Labrador retriever Dinah is now on a low-fat gastrointestinal veterinary dog food, the price of which will remain between me and me. She has lost 12 pounds … Continue reading

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On the longest day of the year

by cheri sabraw …we ventured into the olive orchard to inspect the trees, their tiny olives, and the gorgeous view. We remembered the erudite and classy Charles Krauthammer, who so many in public life, might try to emulate. His wit, … Continue reading

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Equine and bovine traffic in downtown Pleasanton

by cheri sabraw My horse Cricket, that feisty little Fox Trotter, left this world long ago and I never replaced her. But today, present for the City of Pleasanton’s Second Annual “cattle drive” through this once pastoral community known as … Continue reading

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The Theory of General Relativity

by cheri sabraw I’m almost finished with Walter Isaacson’s biography of Albert Einstein titled “Genius.” In it, Isaacson spends quantum verbiage trying to simplify Einstein’s remarkable equations that, post Newton, explained the significant physicality of our universe such as light, … Continue reading

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Tom Wolfe and “The Painted Word “

by cheri sabraw Years ago, I sat down on an ugly pink bench in a MOMA somewhere trying to figure out why a large canvas with a gum wrapper and a streak of chartreuse paint was hanging there. In truth, … Continue reading

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Oy My God

I’ve  schmoozed with brisket sandwiches in NYC and Chicago and even in my own kitchen, but none compare with the one, or should I say half of one, that I ate last Thursday in Philly at Hershel’s East Side Deli. … Continue reading

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