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Friends Do Let Friends Divorce

Making a book about divorce from a kid's perspective was, at first, just for me. I wanted to do justice to this family upheaval, so I wrote a story I could relate to and made all the pictures. With every page I completed, I felt calmer,...Show More Summary

From the Diary of a Strong Woman

I just got off the phone with an old friend and it seems as if our conversation and some others I've had recently confirm the same thing. And just the thought of it infuriates me. Oddly enough, it's not from a place of bitterness...or maybe it is. Show More Summary

How to Prepare for Your Future When it's Your Last Back-to-School

Embarking on a new school year is always an exciting time for students and parents. Not only do kids get to hang out with their friends, but also they're presented with more opportunities to learn, and are able to take another step forward in the game of life. Show More Summary

Super Uber or Uber Stupor?

Is Uber taking us for a ride? That's the concern on a lot of folks' minds as this international company which is currently valued at more than $50 billion moves to transform and dominate the car-for-hire transportation business here in the United States and around the world. Show More Summary

My Nightmare of Being Wrongfully Accused, and How to Prevent That From Happening to Others

A career in the entertainment industry didn't make me an expert on the legal system, but being falsely accused of teen molestation came close. A sex abuse suit was filed against me a year ago, and my journey to exoneration -- the accuser's...Show More Summary

The 10 Best Cities for Technology-Assisted Living

The National Conference of State Legislatures and AARP Public Policy Institute report that nearly 90 percent of people over the age of 65 want to stay in their home for as long as possible. Fortunately, in most cases, they won't have to move as they age. Show More Summary

LA Stories: Photographer Zane W. Levitt's Tour of Awesome Architecture in the City of Angels

An art deco jewel, the Eastern Columbia Building - all photos by Zane W. Levitt My photographer pal, Zane W. Levitt, and I are browsing through a dynamic slideshow of his art deco commercial and residential photographs, and chatting about the ongoing impact that art deco has on Los Angeles. Show More Summary

"It's the Work That Counts"

Last weekend The New York Times ran a column by a woman named Dominique Browning, and it made a very deep impression on me. The subject was aging, which naturally concerns me as an octogenarian, and she made a few points which have resonated with me and might interest you. Show More Summary

Summer Music Festival Turns Up Downtown Los Angeles

Anderson.Paak at Figat7th Downtown Festival (Photo Credit: Andreas Branch) FIGat7th Downtown Festival has turned up downtown Los Angeles for its third year every Friday night this summer. The free, non-ticketed outdoor concerts feature...Show More Summary

50 Years After the Watts Riots, the Original Black Lives Matter Protest

The Watts Riots took place fifty years ago, but I remember them vividly. I was thirteen years old, and on the morning of August 12, 1965, I woke up at Pepperdine University where I stayed the night for church camp. At the time, Pepperdine was still located at the old campus on 79th and Vermont in the heart of South Los Angeles. Show More Summary

"There Is NO Drought in California"

Yeah that's right folks, we Californians are not in the midst of a four year drought, but rather suffering from flagrant mismanagement of our most precious life-sustaining and finite resource - water. That's the word from a man withShow More Summary

My Hair Is Not Your Concern

"Is that your hair?" This was not, by any means, the first time I had been asked this. I get it quite often. I always answer truthfully, although it always baffles me why people don't think of this as a rude question to ask someone.Show More Summary

Moving Los Angeles

On the fiftieth anniversary of the Watts Riots, this piece is dedicated to the memory of those senselessly killed following the arrest and beating of an African American by the highway patrol. Though we have many miles to travel until this is a truly just city for all, we are a very different place than we were back then. Show More Summary

California Can Save Our Planet

Our planet is in crisis. We only have one home, and yet we treat it as though, once we've destroyed it, we can just move onto another planet and start all over again. We all know that isn't happening any time soon, so let's look at something truly extraordinary that we can do to revitalize our land. Show More Summary

Trump President...? No. Trump Performance Artist...? Oh Yes.

For some strange reason, the last few days I have been thinking about legendary performance artist Marina Abramovic. For the last forty years she has been making a brutal spectacle of herself and her collaborators, orchestrating unforgiving...Show More Summary

God Thinks You're Absolutely Fabulous

A little over a year ago, I took part in my first New York City Pride March, after having just moved to the city in August 2013. My initial intent was to simply cheer on friends from the sidelines, as I was already exhausted from a weekend packed with pride activities. Show More Summary

Changing Lives through Zero Waste

I recently discovered an amazing therapeutic community for addicts, the chronically homeless, and parolees in downtown Los Angeles that helps them build their own farm to grow food. The Amity Foundation is a non-profit founded over 40...Show More Summary

Meryl Streep's New Film, 'Ricki and the Flash,' Is Wonderful and Bizarre!

all photos from Sony As a film critic, I'm supposed to be objective and not let my personal feelings interfere with my analysis of a new movie. For the most part I can do that... I'm not a Tom Cruise fan but praised his new Mission Impossible, and I'm a fanatical Woody Allen fan but managed to pan somewhat his current film, Irrational Man. Show More Summary

Why I Simply Don't Give a Damn About My $100k+ in Student Loans

When I became a single mom back in 2009, I was already in the process of wrapping up a masters degree in marketing. I knew I needed a decent job to keep my family afloat in a troubled economy, so going back to school made sense at the...Show More Summary

A Health Renaissance in South L.A.

This week, doctors and community members came together for a ceremony to dedicate the new Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in South Los Angeles. But few in the crowd knew the phoenix-rising-from-the-flames story behind this gleaming new facility. Let's go back 50 years. Show More Summary

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