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We Think Differently Than They Do


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And none of them was white.
And none of them wondered what was the purpose…
They were all taken by an instinct. They were being directed by something that was beyond their ability of understanding.read

The Hollow Hollywood


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Night. Closing coffee shops. Opening bars. Broadway. People – couples and lonely strangers. Loud cars. Red light. Yellow light. No rules. The evening air complements tourists with a free smell of fresh weed (it’s all included). The smell of American freedom. Beautiful girls (maybe guys) are innocently fixing their tights in the middle of the street, glancing at the dark windows of passing cars. Everything and everybody doing its routine. The usual Hollywood evening.read

Did We Make the Correct Decision?


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A poem by Eugenia Mansell...read

Somebody Please Tell Me Why We Are Here


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[Editor’s Note: Ms. Mansell is a poetess and a deeply searching thinker. See brief biography below.]read

If You Want to Leave, She Says, Not Anything Can Stop You


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[Editor’s Note: Ms. Mansell is a poetess and a deeply searching thinker. See brief biography below.]

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The Parabolic Trajectory of a Dynamic New Author


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The best thing about attending a convention like L.A.’s Comikaze or San Diego Comic-Con isn’t the big-ticket events and vendors, as exciting as they are, but the opportunity to meet dazzlingly creative independent artists. I never fail to be impressed by the diverse, idiosyncratic visions of talented individuals having a go at sharing their work with the public. One example comes from last year’s Comikaze, where I came across ...read

No Kneed to Apologize to Joyce?


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Sometime ago I wrote about my knees with reference to Joyce Kilmer's poem, Trees. It also is a reminder that the tree roots can cause injuries that may require knee surgery and/or replacements...!read

America's Only Black Singing Cowboy


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In July 1986, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Herb Jeffries, the first and only black singing cowboy. I was introduced to singer-actor Jeffries by the actor Robert Sacchi, better known as the Man with Bogart's Face. We were soon joined by actor Henry Brandon, a German-American character actor born Heinrich von Kleinbach in Berlin. He appeared in more than 100 films, starting in 1932 when he played the villain Silas Barnaby in the Laurel and Hardy classic "Babes In Toyland." Mr. Brandon appeared as Scar, a Comanche chief, in the 1956 John Ford classic, "The Searchers." He was Comanche Chief Quanta Parker in "Two Rode Together," with James Stewart and Richard Widmark.read

Tragedy of Zahirah – Closer Look at Middle East Refugees


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Here is a poem I wrote a few years ago as part of a series in my memoirs. At the time I was in Beirut, too young to fully understand the political ramifications. Through the years, I recognized how the Arab brethren of the refugees had used and manipulated them. While I was studying for my doctorate at USC back in the 1970s, I saw a film made by a student from Saudi Arabia. Part of it showed Palestinian refugee camps. The accompanying script gave the impression that the Saudis were magnanimous in allowing them to live there. This was nearly 30 years after the partition. Yet none of the refugees was given equal status -- citizenship, education, employment...read

I Think I Shall Never See…Changes on Motor Avenue?


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[Editor’s Note: Culver City’s poetess laureate, a resident of Motor Avenue, is eager for the city’s promised tree-planting and refurbishing to begin.]read


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