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Writer, photographer, rock & roll vet, Lorraine Devon Wilke, has built her eclectic career along many avenues of the creative arts. With one screenplay produced early in her career (To Cross the Rubicon), two others awarded by the Hollywood Gateway Screenwriting Competition, and another, The Theory of Almost Everything, a Finalist in the 2012 Final Draft Big Break™ Contest, she continues in the field. She writes for and consults with a number of entertainment and media companies and has a regular column at the award-winning newspaper, The Ferndale Enterprise (a comprehensive archive of her various columns can be found at Contently.com). Her original CD, Somewhere On the Way, put her words into music (CDBaby.com and ITunes), and she recently completed her first novel, After the Sucker Punch. Her photographs are featured on the walls and websites of many, with galleries and prints at her fine art photography site. And along with her column here at The Huffington Post, she dispenses sass and sensibility at her personal blog, Rock+Paper+Music. For details and links visit www.lorrainedevonwilke.com.

Entries by Lorraine Devon Wilke

The Traffic Ticket Racket and Its Erosive Effect on Community Policing

(10) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 1:10 PM

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I fought the law and the law didn't show up in traffic court the other day, so my case was summarily dismissed. Oh, happy day... sort of.

After paying the $367 fine up front, taking two days out of my life to...

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Have Scandal and House of Cards Succumbed to Post-Snowden Syndrome?

(8) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 4:26 PM

I think we can all agree: Television is reveling in another golden age, with scores of beautifully written and shot dramas available on every channel and then some... a veritable bounty of entertainment. But while we're bingeing on this cinematic smorgasbord, there is another trend worming its way into the...

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Why American Women Hate Their Faces and What They Could Learn From the Brits

(18) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 4:34 PM

One cannot watch the Oscars -- or any grand Hollywood event -- and not be swept up in the fashion, the pageantry, the suspense, the... cringe-worthy sport of seeing just which aging actress has ruined her face.

Seriously, I sit and watch these things and wonder out loud: "Why...

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Turns Out Dems Love Hillary: Now Can We Leave Bill's Privates Alone?

(14) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 1:39 PM

It seems, despite in-and-out party grumping to the contrary, most polled Democrats really want Hillary Clinton to run. According to a just released New York Times/CBS News Poll:

More than 8 in 10 Democrats say they want Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president in 2016, showing a...
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Mothers (and Fathers), Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Bullies

(8) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 3:27 PM

A few key names to consider: Richie Incognito, Chris Christie, Michael Dunn; the Baruch College fraternity boys. What do they have in common, this odd group of disparate males? Bullying. Unacceptably aggressive behavior. "Boys will be boys" mentality. Yes, it's a motley crew.

Frankly, I'm sick of that phrase,...

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Deconstructing the Expert Delusion: No, Not Everyone Is One

(4) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 7:43 PM

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Lots of empty chairs there. Ironic, in an emblematic sort of way. Because we as a society simply brim with experts. In fact, if you've ever been tempted to throw your computer across the room and scream, "SHUT UP" after you've read...

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Dear Celebrities: Twitter Is Really Not That Hard to Figure Out

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 9:32 PM

2014-02-05-ThinkBeforeYouTweet.jpgWhenever a controversial or high-profile story hits the news, we can count on certain predictable events to follow, perhaps the most predictable being the miscalculated and/or idiotic celebrity tweet. It has almost become a Celebrity Rite of Passage to fumble wildly on...

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Beyond Mental Health and Gun Control Is This: Guns Make Death Too Easy

(105) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 9:13 AM

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Anyone who's dealt with anger and disappointment directed at another person, who's been bowed by heart-crushing sorrow and depression, who's experienced and gotten past a psychotic episode, or been pumped to irrationality by the adrenaline of rage and despair, knows --...

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The Wolf of Wall Street: Cautionary Tale or Excess Porn?

(10) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 11:19 AM

That's three hours I'll never get back.

I don't know what you did today but I spent three long hours with a bunch of people I didn't like. Not a one. Three very long hours watching a gaggle of loudmouth, self-indulgent greed guzzlers snort, steal, and screw their way through...

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Courting Controversy Has Not Only Made Media Redundant, It's Skewed the News

(4) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 5:13 PM

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I opened the TV and Entertainment section of an online newspaper and on one very large page with a seemingly endless selection of stories on the topic of television, I found what appeared to be about 15 articles on the Phil...

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Random Acts of Artfulness: The Magic of Painter Allison Curtis

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 8:32 AM

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It was sitting atop a ledge outside a blue house: a brightly hued, well-executed, somewhat surrealistic painting of a wolf's face. It grabbed his eye -- how could it not? Between the striking image and just the sheer oddity of finding...

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Want to Feel Better, Really Better? Step Away From the News

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 5:59 PM

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I read an interesting term yesterday: "clickwhore," defined as a writer or publishing site that will do anything and everything to get you to click on their stories, whether by sensationalizing a headline, picking the most salacious news to cover, promoting...

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What Do Buddha and the Laws of Attraction Have to Do With the State of Our Politics?

(11) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 10:26 AM

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A few years back, a little book called The Secret was published to phenomenal success, a subsequent film, and an almost cult-like following that continues even seven years after its initial printing. The Secret aligns its principles with the...

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Let's Stop Just Talking About Gun Control

(834) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 10:32 PM

Another mass shooting. Eyes glued to TV, posts on social media, lots of horror and outrage... it's become a rote procedure, hasn't it? We gasp, we weep over stories of the dead, we question the hows and whys of the shooter, but, strange thing this time around: I noticed fewer...

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Will Dan Rather Bring National Attention to the Environmental Damage of Pot Fields?

(44) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 5:01 PM

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Given Eric Holder's announcement that the DOJ will not interfere with states' decisions on the issue of marijuana legalization, the matter of 'pot' and its many tentacles is big news these days. Add to that conversation the fact of

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Anonymity: Can Freedom Ring Only Behind Fake Names?

(84) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 8:51 AM

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While it may have been lurking long before Anonymous made their splashy entrance or Julian Assange put a face and name to hacktivism, the cult of anonymity has taken a distinctly down-home turn that extends well beyond whistle-blowing and political rebellion right...

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What Trolls Are Doing to Our Politics, Our Culture... Our Brains

(789) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 8:02 PM

As one who writes cultural commentary and political news for a living, I'm often knee-deep in the churning world around me, obligated by virtue of my job description to pay attention, make note, keep fingers on various pulses of stories that often stir reaction and debate. Which means I'm privy...

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Time Warner Cable Tone Deaf to Customers During Media Blackout

(11) Comments | Posted August 11, 2013 | 3:26 PM

It's always amazing to me to observe the relationship between purveyors of services and the customers purchasing those services in situations like the ongoing Time Warner Cable/CBS blackout. We who pay the bills watch as the PR wranglers do their best to take our pulse with placebo surveys, leave perky...

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So Obama's Discussion of NSA Reforms Makes Snowden a 'Hero'?

(13) Comments | Posted August 11, 2013 | 1:15 PM

I'm all for heroes. Bonnie Tyler reminded us long ago that everyone needs one and she, in particular, was holding out for one, but I've always been of the mind that the assignation comes with a pretty high bar. It seems these days, however, we're a country (world?) so beset...

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Behind Every Streetside Memorial Is a Life That... Was

(5) Comments | Posted July 20, 2013 | 3:46 PM

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You pass them in the blink of an eye, the blur of flowers and heartache and somehow you always notice, you always look. You see the plastic petals wrapped around a sign post, the candles...

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