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Patricia Rust
Patricia Rust, a Los Angeles native, is an award-winning screenwriter and children’s author. She received a degree in English from UCLA and became a Masters student in film and television, then attended the American Film Institute, where she won several awards, including the American Film Institute Comedy Writing Competition.

Once this UCLA Daily Bruin Editor completed her studies at AFI, she wrote for several Emmy award-winning sitcoms including "The Garry Shandling Show", "Golden Girls," and was head writer on "Thirteen East." While at NBC she won a comedy writing award for an NBC variety special, "TV or Not TV."

Patricia left sitcoms to work exclusively on features and tv movies of the week. She also wrote THE SECRET ISLAND OF TORTUGA, and received the first “Best Feature Animation Screenplay” award from the “International Family Film Festival.” She has also written and developed projects for the leading Hollywood studios such as Warner Bros., Disney, and Fox Family Worldwide. She developed one project for Disney based on her own family. She also wrote, produced, and hosted several magazine shows including On Cue for PBS.

Patricia also writes features about health and beauty as a contributing editor to various special interest travel and health magazines and also serves as a columnist and blogger for several outlets that can be found via or She is also a contributing writer to The Los Angeles Times. Children's short stories under her by-line appear in magazines internationally. Two exciting children’s websites created by Patricia are
and They are popular the world over and are designed with inner city kids in mind so all kids can have stories.

After achieving success as a screenwriter, Patricia turned her creative talents to developing children's books and wrote the best selling literacy picture book, The King of Skittledeedoo, now in its third printing. The book has been praised by educators as a bridge to learning, and led to the founding of Power for Kids, Inc., a 501c3, which motivates children to become lifelong readers through its "Royal Readers" and "Create-A-Book" programs and is now in its 12th year and has become global. The Foundation recently produced a television pilot based on the successful program that has been selected as a representative of the Writers Guild Foundation.

As a literacy advocate and children's author, Patricia travels the world presenting her Foundation's literacy programs and her Children's Poetry Workshop to schools and youth groups. She also presents adult workshops on "Creative Writing," "The Poetry of Poetry," "Writing for Children," and "Empowering Your Child."

Entries by Patricia Rust

My Dad Was James Garner

(22) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 2:18 PM

I should qualify this by saying that I was just a small child and the show Maverick was on television. My late father, William Rust, looked just like Maverick, who was a fabulous, sly, and clever gambler in the Wild West (a role reprised by Mel Gibson), and Maverick turned...

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Hideaway With Kiesza

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 12:59 AM

Kiesza steals hearts like no one since the Beatles...well maybe I exaggerate just a little, but there is that joy! And who doesn't love joy! I know I do!!!

Who ever heard of the name Kiesza? But you will be! Maybe not even Kiesza herself ever heard of it!...

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(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 8:14 AM

MGW! Model -- Genius -- Whatever

Think it's impossible to be brilliant and look fabulous? Think again!

There is so much pressure to look good and be able to singlehandedly save the free world -- how do you fit in? If you do not look like Cindy Crawford, speak...

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The Godfather Speaks: Francis Ford Coppola

(3) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 4:11 PM

Everyone has someone that they would kill to meet and listen to, and the producers at the sixth Produced By Conference at Warner Bros. got to have their wishes more than fulfilled with writer, director, producer Francis Ford Coppola of The Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now, The Black Stallion and American...

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The V.A. Did What!?

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 1:03 PM

"He does not exist!" the man insisted.

"I assure you he exists or I wouldn't be standing here," I told the man at the V.A. or Veterans Administration whose vinegar attitude contrasted sharply with the aloha spirit of Hawaii which is where I was. I looked him straight in the...

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My Lunar Eclipse

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 1:25 PM

What does the lunar eclipse do for us? It unites us -- that's what! It reminds us that we are all under the same beautiful full moon, shining brightly one minute, eclipsed the next -- a lot like life. I was fortunate enough to watch the eclipse in Hawaii and...

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E.T., Don't Phone Home: There's No Phone

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 12:13 AM

Johnny Depp said that he could live in China. I wonder how the phone service is now? I lived in China... as a child... and what an adventure it was for me at a time when everyone was forced to wear grey, and we could light up a woman's face...

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Everyone Needs a Tree

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 3:43 PM

Everyone needs a tree. At my condominium here in Honolulu, there stands a proud banyan which canopied chirping birds in a symphony of sound each morning and has done so since my childhood when my parents moved here from California. I have such happy memories of that majestic tree and...

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The Way Up

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2013 | 3:19 PM

What's next after you realize a goal, a dream, or a long-standing hope?

I recently realized a cherished dream and noticed that it seems like books and people want to help us with HOW to reach our goals but no one tells us WHAT TO DO once we're there!


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Why Everyone Should Be From Los Angeles

(35) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 9:40 AM

"Angels Flight?" I ask. "You've never heard of Angels Flight?" Yet this person is living here in the city of the angels.

"No," they repeat. "Never heard of it."

There are times when I get frustrated that people around me know nothing about Los Angeles and I wonder why...

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Dream On...

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 12:38 PM

We all have dreams. Some come true and some dreams get snuffed out. I've always dreamed of living in a town made perfect by the hard work of one of my two cousins, Nan Pharr Hughes, who puts on a Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, Miss., every April, and her...

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Lights Camera Action for Producers Awards

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 2:16 PM

The first bright face I saw at the Producers Guild's Awards Show at the Beverly Hilton was our own Marlo Thomas, there to present an award named for her father, Danny Thomas, (who is truly a founding father of television), for episodic television for Louie. Marlo is like wine and...

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Surefire Ways to Make Flying a Breeze

(2) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 6:00 AM

With tongue securely in cheek, seat up and tray table securely fastened (or is that the seat belt?), I would like to share some tips to make your travels better:

Adjust your attitude and your altitude. Keep your spirits high, angels! I was born in the city of the...

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How To Fly Through TSA Lines

(112) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 6:00 AM

Don't you just love doin' the TSA dance? Here are some steps to make it a more fun, fast and efficient one:

Wear socks. When your shoes have to come off, you don't want your bare feet touching filthy floors. I saw a bed bug or some creepy crawler hopping...

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Travel Wardrobe Essentials for Women

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 5:04 PM

"Your slip is showing." OMG! These were words that could mortify me, send me into major embarrassment orbit mode and make me want to hide out on another planet for about 20 years. Boy, how things have changed! Now everything shows and hangs out, and lingerie or underwear has become...

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Winning: Choose to Be a Loser

(3) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 1:00 PM

My friends chose to lose, but I chose good health and good foods, which are grown here at what's lovingly called "The Ranch."

Choice reigns supreme at Rancho La Puerta, the 3,000-acre spa/resort 40 miles south of San Diego, in Tecate, Mexico. You can begin your day awakening in your...

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Finding the Poetry of Life

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 12:31 PM

Sometimes it's easy to spot: a baby's smile, a puppy's jump, a seashell's lines, a cello's echo. It's there somewhere in every little thing: the poetry of life. There is a rhythm, a balance, a harmony, though sometimes we have to search for it. Once found, we can enjoy the...

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Where Did The Real (Smoking) Europe Go?

(6) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 7:00 AM

It's hard to recognize Europe anymore... without the ubiquitous cigarette hanging from the mouths of French painters doing their thing in Montmartre or Italian gardeners hawking juicy red tomatoes in Tuscany. Gone are their cigarettes.

Country by country, Western Europe has gone green and tossed out the cigarettes from...

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And We'll Have Fun, Fun, Fun!

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 3:28 PM

Fun. Fun in the Sun. Fun for Everyone. Fun is in the word Funny. Who doesn't love having fun? Nothing beats it! Fun can end quickly, too, when something happens such as when you lose your job, lose your pet, or even your Starbucks buzz.

There are some ways to...

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Having the Right Stuff

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 1:10 PM


My friend is going through a rough economic time and is not alone. It's hard enough to get through tough times, but it is quite another when one starts getting down on oneself for being in that position. So first I would say, "It's...

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