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Day of the Drum

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 5:23 PM

Until last month, I hadn't been to the Watts Towers' Day of the Drum for many years... many, many years. The last time was when Baba was still alive -- Baba Olatunji, the master African drummer. I was introduced to "The Man," and he gave me a hug! And 'The...

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A History Lesson

(5) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 1:44 PM

OK, I'm going to mouth off, here. I'm pushing 70 years of age, so I have the right to at times be "mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" As the luminescent actress Julie Christie said to me (when we were protesting the invasion of Iraq),...

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Waitin' for My Man (Lou Reed)

(3) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 11:47 AM

Maybe Lou Reed's comment to Rolling Stone writer David Fricke in 1987, "I hate cheap sentiment," was the reason for Mr. Reed's confused facial expression in response to my comment when we first met. It was on the set of a tongue-in-cheek rock n' roll farce called, Get Crazy. We...

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Tracers for a New Generation

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 12:18 PM

I'm from the Vietnam generation. No disrespect to the combat soldiers, but I'd almost like to say I'm a Vietnam vet, although I didn't serve. But my generation was lied to by our leaders, and we lived in fear of being drafted, and some our buddies who were, didn't come...

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God Complex

(3) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 12:22 PM

Due to our advanced technological capabilities, we have no choice but to play "God." From abortion (which I'm for), to pulling life support systems, to culling wild horses (which I'm against), "we are the ones we've been waiting for" and we must decide. We are the ones who decides who...

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The Miracle Woman: Putting a Face on Immigration Reform

(30) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 3:30 PM

Well... my 68 year old brain has done it again. It's bad enough going into a room and wondering why you're in there, but leaving your wallet on top of your car at the gas station, and then driving off, has much more serious consequences. It's being pre-occupied with multi-tasking...

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Border Crossings: The Venezuelans Are Coming!

(13) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 2:33 PM

The milagro (magic) of El Sistema, Venezuela's program of taking impoverished kids and teaching them classical music, can be summed up in one sentence uttered by its founder, Dr. Jose Abreu: "If you put a musical instrument in the hand of a kid, he or she will not pick up...

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