Dianne Lawrence
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Dianne V. Lawrence is Publisher/Editor of The Neighborhood News, a community magazine distributed in the Mid-City, West Adams neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

Started in August 2008 with a circulation of 1,500, the News is about to celebrate its 5th anniversary with a circulation of 14,000 and staff of four. The website is theneighborhoodnewsonline.net.

A painter, singer, teacher, animal activist and writer some of her accomplishments include:

An award winning album cover portrait of Leonard Cohen (Recent Songs) and the creation of his hummingbird logo
A series of blues portraits that now hang in various House of Blues clubs around the country and paintings that have been collected by Leonard Cohen, Dan Akroyd, Kim Cattral, Oliver Stone, Buck Henry and Jackson Brown
An arts instructor in prisons, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Art Center School of Design in Pasadena and Esalen Institute in Big Sur
Creating and singing in an early jazz band called Storm Taylor and Her Ex-Husbands which performed in clubs around Los Angeles like the Baked Potato, Gardenia, Luna Park, Lunaria, Vintage Hollywood Publication of a short story called “Let’s Get Lost” in the LA Weekly
Film reviews for Filmmonthly.com
Associate Editor at Realtalk LA (defunct after first issue)
Wrote and illustrated “Puck Goes To Heaven” about a dogs life after life. Available on Amazon in mid-June
and the lead in changing a law in Los Angeles making it illegal to tie dogs up in yards as a lifestyle for the dog.

Entries by Dianne Lawrence

Why I Grieve the Loss of a Pet Like the Loss of a Person

(15) Comments | Posted November 22, 2014 | 12:41 PM

"A dog is just a dog until you are facing him. Then he is Mr. Dog." - Haitian saying.

One winter, as my studio in L.A. was being earthquake-proofed, my two dogs Peggy and Crystal and I were invited to live in a small trailer at the 29 Palms Inn...

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How I Realized I Was Part Black

(14) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 1:48 PM


Take a look at my picture. Can you tell what race I am? It is clear I am mixed with something, but what?

My mother was a blonde Latvian who had escaped the country as the Russians were crossing the...

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Aging: What Lies Ahead For Us

(11) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 3:28 PM

Have you noticed that time is speeding up? I take the garbage to the curb on Sunday and suddenly it's time to roll it out again. Although I'm convinced life is really moving faster, I'm told this experience is associated with getting older.

There might be something to it...

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The Real Threat To Marriage

(168) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 11:32 AM

The religious conservatives have it wrong ... again. Gay marriage will not destroy the institute of marriage. How can people who want to get married end marriage? In fact, gay men and women who crave marriage are the distraction, the front, the "beard" if you will for the real secret,...

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