October 2, 1998 |
"Original Accounts of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island," a group show at Side Street Projects, has the feel of 19 different rockets launched from a single pad. Some misfire and crash to the ground, others reach respectable heights and a few soar into an orbiting groove that's thrilling to behold--even as it destabilizes the solid ground we thought we stood on.
December 13, 1990 |
In the year 1960, a novelist named Scott O'Dell gave literary birth to Karana, an Indian girl alone on a wild Southern California island. The world received her happily, and the historically based "Island of the Blue Dolphins" joined the standard canon of children's literature.
March 16, 2008 |
Virtually every California fourth-grader is required to work on a project about one of the 21 Spanish missions in the state, and the stakes are high. The project accounts for a healthy chunk of a child's grade, so it was with a bit of breathlessness that Addison, my 10-year-old daughter, brought home her teacher's advice that students should visit a mission and preferably pick one that sets them apart from their classmates.