Category Archives: Personal

James Earl Keen gets me feeling good again

I needed a show to lift my spirits and the James Earl Keen band came through for me on a night that started with me as depressed as I could remember.   Between Dad’s dementia /Brother Tom’s Parkinsons / Harvey/Irma/Mexican Earthquakes/Maria/North Korea/Las Vegas/Tom Petty/ I was feeling pretty low as I headed to the El …

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Harder and harder

As things fall apart around us, the Dodgers offer an empty way to hide from the onslaught of carnage that seems to come at us daily.  From my space in Woodland Hills I can do little to combat nature’s power, a wannabe monarch, hate from every side as divisions grow deeper. Death seems to be …

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Take a knee

You can’t equivocate on this issue, our country has tried to sweep it under the carpet ever since the Black Panthers stopped having a voice, but instead of black Americans getting hanged they have simply been shot at an alarming percentage compared to their Caucasian brothers. I was disappointed last year when Colin Kaepernick took a knee …

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Saving Weecha

One of the first books that I read as a child that left an impression with me was the book Weecha about a raccoon that is chased by hunters and their dogs. Memories being what they are, I was off a bit. The book is about Weecha the Raccoon but the main story was the friendship …

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CBS Sunday Morning Briefs

My favorite show is CBS Sunday Morning and every week they make me less ignorant. Today I learned about the Bradford Watermelon The Tombstone Shady Lady and finally Mary Colter, an early 20th-century architect.    

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Graybeard and Graybeard

I went up to Ferndale (650 miles north of Los Angeles)  this week to see my Dad on his 89th birthday. I also had one other goal. When my Dad was in the army he shaved twice a day from West Point to Frankfurt, Germany a span of 22 years. When he retired, the first thing …

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One year, seven hundred posts later

It has been about a year since I started blogging again and the results have been mixed. I’ve been interested enough to write about something seven hundred times but those interested in what I’m writing are a rare breed. I’m not sure who is reading what I’m writing, based on comments Gary is my regular …

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The House

The passing of Greg Allman this past weekend made me put on Eat a Peach and kick back as though I was fifteen years old and let the memories wash over me.  The Allman Brothers music was made for being stoned and nobody was more stoned in the early 70’s than my brothers and his …

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Recommended restaurants in Los Angeles

By readers of the NY Times.  Any other suggestions? We are going to try one restaurant per month. République serves French-inspired dishes in a dramatic 1920s building. 10e Restaurant, 811 West Seventh Street Alimento, 1710 Silver Lake Boulevard Bestia, 2121 East Seventh Place Osteria Mozza, 6602 Melrose Avenue Sqirl, 720 North Virgil Avenue Hatchet Hall, …

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Empath mode

The dream was swirling around just before I needed to wake up. My friend Jerry was there, the old companion and I were in a somewhat modern world but different. People were around us and as we wandered a 50ish African American woman with a companion came up to us and we wandered around together. …

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