You March That Way, You’ll Live This Way


1955. Once upon a time, my father’s family lived on the South Side of Chicago. Grandpa Harry and Grandma Fanny had their little house on 88th and Clyde, a squat brick home built in 1950 with a back porch and a spotless kitchen.  Uncle Paul, Aunt Frances and Barry lived on Luella, not far from Grandpa…

Option A: International Affairs, A Back Story.


Perhaps the quintessential Option A story grows out of the life of Ivan Gomez (b. 1972) the owner of Pashupatina, a fine custom decorative metal shop on Aetna. He was born in Mexico, by chance. His other four siblings (one sister and three brothers) were all born in the USA. They were raised in Pacoima…

War Costs Money. Our Money.


Where were all these geniuses when the US first invaded Iraq, and later Afghanistan? All these wars and all the spending overseas, not to mention weapons expended on such wonderful allies as Pakistan, is directly visible in the deplorable condition of American infrastructure. Here in Southern California we have a substandard school system, bursting water…

Vietnam War Photographs.


Steven Curtis is a Hollywood based photographer and Vietnam War veteran. I met him a few years ago and spent an afternoon touring his house, inspecting his vintage camera collection, and learning about his experience as a soldier and shooter (pun intended) in that long ago, but never forgotten conflict. His photographs can be found…

War and Health Care.


War and health care. These are the two big issues I care about. Even as I look for work, being unemployed for some time now, I think that our nation must end its destructive and expensive interference in other nation's affairs, and bring our spending priorities and needs back to the US. Obama has not…

Grocery Wars: Again?


Photo from USC Digital Archives The LA Times reports that major food chains like Ralphs and Vons are lowering prices in an effort to win back price conscious consumers. Trader Joes is where I usually shop. With no coupons, they still have the lowest prices. Bread, eggs, yogurt, jams, cereals, produce: they all cost less…