Author Archives: Maryanne (mfantaliswrites)

Plots and Subplots

On Friday night, I went with some friends to the Colorado Shakespeare Festival to see Twelfth Night (again) at the Mary Rippon outdoor theatre. We knew it was likely to rain — we’d seen the forecast — so we brought … Continue reading

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Book Recommendations for Ali

The other day, my office mate Ali was unpacking a box of books onto our bookshelves. Naturally, that got us talking about what we like to read, and we started  recommending favorites to each other. I knew we’d forget everything … Continue reading

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Courage

Unless you’ve been living on top of a mountain for the past few years, you’ve probably heard about the Tony-award-winning Broadway musical  Hamilton. In Hamilton, writer/composer/actor Lin-Manuel Miranda told the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton in hip-hop verse with a cast of … Continue reading

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Taking Flight

“Oh, and when the kids are old enough We’re gonna teach them to fly…”                                                   Dave … Continue reading

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Why So Angry?

We were sitting at a red light on Long Island about a week ago during our annual trek back East to visit family and friends (so don’t call it a vacation). We were in the left lane, going straight, and … Continue reading

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Review: Everything But the Earl by Willa Ramsey

I have called this book delightful, charming, and smart. It is all of these and more. I apologize in advance for how long this review is, but I feel very strongly about this book. Here (at last) is my full … Continue reading

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Becoming a grown up…for real

This morning, I was watching the New York Yankees’ Old Timers’ Day celebration on TV with my husband. At one point, the camera focused on the announcers in the booth in such a way that you could see the floor … Continue reading

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My New Wish List

When I was young, I only wanted two things: to publish a novel, and to travel to Britain. In 1996, my husband and I took a ten-day trip to London, York, and Edinburgh. It was everything I had hoped for. … Continue reading

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Changing My Relationship to A Wrinkle in Time

The film version of A Wrinkle in Time is coming to theaters soon. March 9. Every time I see the trailer, I get teary-eyed. I get chills. The emotions I feel, seeing my favorite novel from my childhood — indeed, … Continue reading

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A Change in Attitude

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know I don’t make new year’s resolutions. To me, they are an invitation to failure. Do you ever keep yours? Do you know anyone who does? I mean, a couple of … Continue reading

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