The writing exercise taught me what I can do when I feel stuck in the metaphorical tar pits. When the quicksand threatens, I need to embrace those writing dreams -- to mold my experience into words that can rise above the muck.
In the early part of the 20th century, Southern California was a land bathed in seemingly perpetual sunshine, scented by fields of orange blossoms as far as the eye could see. At least, that's what was marketed to the rest of the country.
With strong leadership we can and we will find a way for every Angeleno to realize the promise of a good education, good quality of life with safe neighborhoods and decent transportation, and good paying work to support a family.