Bill Walton on the Boards

The great Bill Walton has passed away, you may have heard, and like me, you probably didn’t know he’d long been ill with prostate cancer. I became a fan of Walton right after he emerged from Helix High School near San Diego and led UCLA to two NCAA titles, in 1972 and 1973, and the…

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Writing to Joe Biden Again

To Joe Biden, Despite being a lifelong Democrat, I’m surprised you keep asking me to send you money since I’ve made it clear I never support Nazis, and you by any horrific standard are a Nazi in the style of Hitler and Netanyahu. You are not only morally blind but senile and sinking fast, and…

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My Message to Biden Campaign

I just received an email from Ming Lewis, “Deputy Director of Email and SMS” for the Biden-Harris campaign. Ming wants money so Joe Biden, Anthony Blinken, Kamala Harris, and the U.S. Congress can continue to fund the slaughter of the people of Gaza, not to mention Ukraine. This is my brief response to the Biden…

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First Steps Toward Peace

In the Oval Office, Secretary of State Antony Blinken extends a paper across the desk and says, “Mr. President, we have a new report from Gaza.” “Just read it to me, please.” Blinken, sitting opposite Biden, clears his throat and reports, “More than twenty-three thousand people, including at least ten thousand children, have been killed…

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Myriam Gurba Publishes Another Book

Myriam Gurba has just published another book – Creep, a collection of essays – so it’s a good time to reprint my creative feature “Who’s Myriam Gurba?” which originally appeared in October 2020.  Gurba is a feisty, talented, and photogenic writer and social activist. Whether or not readers agree with her opinions, she entertains with…

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More Good Reviews for Anne Frank on Tour and Other Stories

Anne Frank on Tour and Other Stories recently received another 5-star and 4-star review on NetGalley, boosting the book’s total on the influential book review site to two 5-star and four 4-star reviews. We hope these astute readers will also share their opinions on Amazon which, let us admit, is the focal point of the…

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Good Reviews for “Anne Frank on Tour and Other Stories”

Good NetGalley Reviews for “Anne Frank on Tour and Other Stories” There have already been three 4-Star reviews and one 5-Star Review posted by librarians, booksellers, and educators on the distinguished NetGalley book review website. Now we hope that these and similar reviews will be posted on Amazon and in other digital stores.

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Third Fine Review of “Anne Frank on Tour and Other Stories”

Kay G – NetGalley and Goodreads A short collection of brief short stories – topics are widely varied, including Anne Frank, Palestine, Putin, speed dating, Covid, celebrities, and often darker subjects such as addiction, depression, and violence. There is almost always a twist at the end. A quick and quirky read.. Amazon Apple, Barnes and…

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Anne Frank on Tour and Other Stories — Published Today

Ann Frank on Tour and Other Stories   Introduction This lively collection offers literary short stories founded on History, Love, Need, Excess, and Final Acts. In History, Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings sit for a revealing interview that should have happened.  Anne Frank survives the Holocaust and goes on a rousing book tour in the…

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Jim Brown: 1936-2023

Almost sixty years after he retired I’m still thrilled whenever I think about Jim Brown on a football field, overpowering defenders in his path and outrunning those in pursuit.  He had scores of memorable runs and receptions but this brief video of his five greatest plays is a good introduction for those too young to…

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The Golden State

I hope this isn’t merely a dream I’m touring California and seeing fog soothe rocks by an ocean shore, lush trees shade a lake, a river glisten under clouds and sky, serene cows calm a meadow, an electric-orange sunset light exotic desert plants in the foreground, mountains overwhelm powerlines and trash in a pond, spring…

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At the Broad

My wife grabs my ear and twists as she says, “This isn’t The Broad.” “It sure is,” I counter.  “Been The Broad as long as it’s been here at LACMA.” “Now it’s just a bunch of initials beginning with B.  The real Broad’s downtown on Grand Avenue a couple of blocks from the Museum of…

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Dirty

Kevon Looney of the Golden State Warriors is a dirty basketball player. Last night he intentionally elbowed Anthony Davis of the Lakers in the head but nervous referees swallowed their whistles. In the preceding playoff series, against the Sacramento Kings, Looney did the same to Domantus Sabonis – on a jump ball. Referees didn’t respond…

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Feud at LACMA

“Ladies, stop it,” I shout. “Shut up,” says the one to the left in a sleek black and gray striped dress baring arms, shoulders, and back. “You’re young and beautiful,” I say.  “Why are you doing this?” “You’re a fool to ask,” says the lady on the right attired in a black and gray polka-dotted…

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Disposable Bodies

Where are my sisters and comrades?  Where is the beautiful lady without head or legs below her thighs who instead offers a torso nude and smooth red curving into a svelte waist clinched by a lovely but lethal belt of black?  Where is her aesthetic soulmate naked and sensually blue save for elegant feathers and…

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Byline: Ex-Slave Gordon

You’ve seen me.  You’ve seen me many times and would like to forget.  But you can’t.  I won’t let you.  More importantly, the people who did this wanted everyone to remember I belonged to them and when I escaped they and their bloodhounds chased me several days through mosquito-filled swamps and forests and dragged me…

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