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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

What Was Apple Thinking?!!

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 1:08 PM

From Burberry to Apple Dreary!!! What was Apple thinking?

I don't know whether any of you have been in the Apple Stores in Hawaii recently, but their darling wonderful geniuses who help with everything from picking out a new cell phone to dealing with serious problems such as content disappearing...

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Doris Duke: Royalty Because of Her Heart

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 11:43 AM

Of all the wonderful places to visit in Hawaii, none is so dear to me as Shangri La. Yet, when I mentioned I had been to Shangri La last week and shared my excitement with others, few knew what I was talking about! "You know, Doris Duke's mansion home and...

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Dear Mom: Part Five

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 5:05 PM

Dear Mom,

Rob did it again. He pulled a rabbit out of his hat. Just when I was making peace with the idea of spending my life on my own, by myself, dealing with issues one at a time as they arose, he sprung a Valentine's Day on me the...

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Dear Mom: Part Four

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 1:26 PM

I am at peace. I feel serene as I cast my gaze at the pure Hawaiian turquoise water, smooth as glass for as far as the eye can see. It's a sense of peace that usually comes after a week of yoga camp or doing something where I am so...

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Dear Mom Part Trois

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 5:08 PM

Dear Mom,

Remember how you called us your little "monkeys" when we were little? I always thought that this was a precious term of endearment! Well, I called my "beloved" Rob whom I have been writing to you about, a "sea-lion," with his big eyes and huggable frame, and he...

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Dear Mom Part Deux

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 2:17 PM

Dear Mom Part Deux,

Rob and are back from our South American cruise and it is hard to adjust from someone serving you three gourmet meals a day plus desserts and hosting you in to new countries and sights daily to the realities of having your car washed (and detailed...

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Dear Mom

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 1:12 PM

Dear Mom,

I wish you could meet Mooster Rob. That's what I called him. He is all that Frank was not. He is kind, caring, loving, and giving. I am convinced that he would give his last penny to anyone who would ask for it. Today, he spent the day...

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Close Encounters of the Joan Rivers Kind

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 5:13 PM

I remember Joan Rivers, the year was around 1976, I think of maybe a little before or after, and I was so young and loved to laugh. But who doesn't? There she was, stretching a little sausage link shaped mike on an absurdly short cord toward her audience at "The...

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Hitchcock at the Hollywood Bowl

(2) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 12:21 AM

Who goes to a concert to get scared to death? Those who didn't expect to, that's who! Everyone at the Hollywood Bowl at last night's "The Big Picture: Hitchcock!" was not only scared but also delighted to pieces under the amazing emotional roller coaster conducting of David Newman, a fabulous...

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My Dad Was James Garner

(1) 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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