A Fish and Bear Story


Some months back, a very creative couple, Lynn and Mark, and their two boys, moved into a house on my street that had been empty for five years.  The new family set about renovting the circa 1950 ranch until it is now a creamy white with a writing studio carved out of a two-car garage.…

Paris


Paris First there was youth and young people, fresh faces, and smiles. There was festivity and the night, wine and laughter, the scent of exotic perfumes, the smell of jasmine, vanilla, sandalwood, tuberose and citrus, the flirtations and sensuality of life, the swing of partiers having fun. Music and entertainment and the dark, gathered inside…

The Retraction From Life


Weaker, yet still alive, still able to speak, Louise M. Hurvitz was in her wheelchair, in the sunshine near the glistening Marina boats, when she told me she wanted to eat a steak. That was on Monday, August 18th. She ate a hamburger that night, and a slice of pizza on Tuesday night. She was…

The Dark Wit.


One of the ladies looking after my cancer sick mother Louise said she was a “sweet lady”. There are other adjectives I might use but “sweet” never paired with her. Mordant, witty, nervous, quick, intuitive, emotional, sad, empathetic, petty, vicarious, excitable, energetic, humorous, treacherous, dark, vindictive, resentful; these are also her traits. She came up…

Border Crossing.


In North Hills, at Plummer, west of Sepulveda, the old and new San Fernando Valley sit side-by-side, stretched out on hot flat roads baking in sun. North of Plummer, along asphalt and stone paved Orion Avenue, remnants of large properties sit in dry decay, pits of impoverished ranches behind dumps of rusted old cars, tarp…

An Apologist for Rape.


I have never bought into the argument that opposing abortion comes down to protecting and respecting life. Because too many who talk of their devotion to the unborn also believe in the protection of guns, the proliferation of bullets, the unhindered freedom of assault weapons, and never ending war. The latest comment by anti-abortion Missouri…