Here is the film list you need to escape and yet understand this damned hellscape

Here is the film list you need to escape and yet understand this damned hellscape

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in All, Media, Politics | No Comments

I’ve been working on some things that are not ready for prime time yet and also trying to get back into my life as a person who can sit still long enough to watch a movie that doesn’t just have a lot of magic swords in it. Not that there’s anything wrong with those movies. […]

On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder

On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder

Posted by on May 6, 2017 in All, Media, Personal, Politics, Writing | No Comments

If you read this blog (hello, my five or ten friends and other people who occasionally google me!), you will see that the spaces between posts have grown and grown over the last few years. This coincides with the birth of my third child and my attempt to finish a masters degree in writing. Oh, […]

A Moment Changes Everything

A Moment Changes Everything

Posted by on May 6, 2017 in All, Family, Los Angeles, Personal, Politics, Writing | 2 Comments

I had the privilege of being in the Spark Off Rose storytelling show again last month, telling a story on the theme “A Moment Changes Everything.” Spark Off Rose is one of my favorite shows because of the care the producers take in choosing themes and stories and shaping them with writers. The monthly show […]

Unorthodox review. Or, thank g-d for Deborah Feldman’s voice.

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman My rating: 5 of 5 stars I wish I could give this book more stars. It’s a very unusual memoir, compelling not just because of the subject matter — the lifelong process of losing faith in the closed religious community the author was raised […]

Finding Grateful

Finding Grateful

I feel a very unusual sensation — if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude. -Benjamin Disraeli When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around. -Willie Nelson According to some of my Facebook friends, November is an unofficial month of gratitude, where each day a participating person is supposed […]

A brief history of racism

A brief history of racism

Last week, the Associated Press and other news outlets reported that racial attitudes have gotten worse, not better, since the United States elected its first African American president four years ago in 2008.  Those who admitted to having anti-African American feelings rose from 48% in 2008 to 51% in 2012.  If the researchers included implicit […]

Jenny Sanford – have you considered a political run?

Posted by on Jun 27, 2009 in Politics | 2 Comments

CNN reported that Jenny Sanford was quoted as saying that her husband’s political career was not a concern of hers, and that whether or not he was in her future, she would not only survive but thrive. Where was this woman when McCain was looking for a female GOP running mate to take Hillary swing […]

RIP Michael Jackson and Farah Fawcett

Posted by on Jun 26, 2009 in Los Angeles, Media, Politics | No Comments

Michael Jackson and Farah Fawcett both died within 5 miles of each other yesterday – Thursday, June 25, 2009 – in West Los Angeles. The only other time that I can remember two such celebrities dying within such a short period of time was in late August, 1997, when both Mother Teresa (in India) and […]

AIG

Posted by on Mar 23, 2009 in Economy, Politics | One Comment

Why have the public waited until the AIG bonuses scandal to become outraged?  This behavior on the part of failing companies is par for the course in the world of people who disapprove of handouts, except when it comes to themselves.  The banks and investment houses that received government bailouts also gave their executives large […]

Franken the Vote

Posted by on Jan 6, 2009 in Media, Politics | 2 Comments

Who knew after the decisive Presidential election that we’d have all of this drama about the US Senate in January?  As of now, Caroline Kennedy is making a strong, PR-powered push to replace Hillary Clinton as a senator from New York.  Kennedy first entered the collective consciousness of this election cycle when she joined her […]