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. […]

The OpEd Project

The OpEd Project

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, Media, Writing | No Comments

In September I took part in a daylong seminar by the OpEd Project at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women. It was a great experience and I recommend it. The organization conducts seminars in the cities listed in the link above. For people who are trying to get their ideas for change into […]

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, […]

LLAP

LLAP

A few days ago, beloved actor Leonard Nimoy passed away at age 83 after being ill with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The Internet was awash in memories and sadness. I was busy all day but noticed the outpouring on social media. He meant a lot to me, as he did to many science fiction loving […]

Motherhood, Smotherhood: a hilarious book on the sometimes non-hilarious world of parenting

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Family, Media, Uncategorized, Writing | No Comments

Motherhood Smotherhood by J.J. Keith My rating: 5 of 5 stars I enjoyed this book immensely and wish it had been around when I had my first child many years ago. It might have saved me from many lost hours I can never get back reading and listening to a lot of judgmental, absolutist BS […]

Annie Hall, 2014

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in All, Media, Personal | 2 Comments

The other night “Annie Hall” was on cable. I’d forgotten in all the Woody Allen pedophilia and incest allegations in the news in the last year that I really loved some of his early movies, including this one from 1977. I’m pretty sure I saw this movie in the mid-1980s in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I […]

Private Matters and Choices

Private Matters and Choices

What did the old fashioned feminists and political moderates used to say? That abortion ought to be safe, legal, and rare? Also, that it was a private matter, one for a woman (and in the case of a married woman, she and her husband) to discuss and decide. I remember the conservative politicians in the […]

I wanna know what love is

I wanna know what love is

“There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started with such tremendous hopes and expectations and yet fails so regularly as love.” –Erich Fromm Last month I began reading this book. It’s a challenging book, a short, dense, mid-century tome, written by a European psychoanalyst and social theorist. In short, despite the title The […]

Déjà Vu

Déjà Vu

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in All, Los Angeles, Media, Personal, Writing | No Comments

Earlier this summer, I decided to screen some of my favorite blockbuster movies for my kids. I only got as far as watching E.T. with my son while my daughter was at camp. Ever since my mom began showing my kids Hitchcock movies a few years ago, I’ve been thinking that it’s part of my […]

Facebooking your freak out

Facebooking your freak out

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013 in All, Family, Media, Mental Health, Personal, Quotidian, Writing | No Comments

  Facebook is amazing.  And awful.  We all know that.  I’ve been on Facebook for about four years, and I credit being connected to various people from all times in my life to feeling better about sad times, like when I announce that I’m sad as I observe the death anniversary of my father or […]